Amelie Kober and Roland Fischnaller win season's last parallel race
The 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season wrapped up with an event that went down to the wire in Valmalenco, Italy, today.
Although Amelie Kober (GER) and Roland Fischnaller (ITA) were able to claim victory in the very last parallel giant slalom of this winter, the World Cup title went to their direct rivals in the race for the Crystal Globe Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT).
While the ladies' decision for the Globe came to an early end after Kummer secured her spot in the finals and later on finished in second position before third ranked Julia Dujmovits, the battle on the men's side was a super tight one.
Andreas Prommegger, who nailed a spot landing in the title bout by finishing on sixth position, secured his career's first ever World Cup title with a lead of only 20 points on runner-up Roland Fischnaller, who celebrated his season's fifth ahead of Manuel Veith (AUT) and Ingemar Walder (AUT).
“It's a dream come true for me. It's my biggest achievement so far! You have to bring the best you have over the whole season. And this is what I did,” said Prommegger who got hailed as a hero by some 20 friends of him, who had travelled from the Salzburg country side to the winter sport resort.
However, the father of one also knew that he had clinched the title in Spain last week.
“The race in La Molina was very tough for me as I knew that I had to bring home a lead. I'm happy that I did so.”
In addition, his main contender for the Globe drew the same line. “I lost the title in La Molina. Back then, I set myself under too much pressure,” admitted Roland Fischnaller.
However, the South Tyrolean was – despite this bitter loss – all good with how his winter had developed.
“Of course, 20 points are disappointing but it's OK. I'm very proud of my season. I'm the athlete who won the most races.”
Swiss lady well-deserved title winner
Patrizia Kummer, who had also been able to capture a total of five victories in eleven races just like Fischnaller, couldn't really believe, what just happened after she had crossed the finish line in Valmalenco.
“It's unbelievable. I just don't know what to say. It just kept on going and going and going.”
The 24-years-old carving specialist, who had impressed her competitors with a newly won strength in the parallel giant slalom, also added that today was the first day of the season, when she actually started thinking of the big deal.
“Today, it was tough for me. I couldn't really breathe, had sore legs. I was so nervous because I knew I just had to make it to the finals to win the Crystal Globe. Now that I did it, I'm just happy. This season was insane!”