Amelie Kober and Siegfried Grabner victorious at Sudelfeld
Amelie Kober (GER) and Siegfried Grabner (AUT) have won the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season's third parallel giant slalom which was held at Sudelfeld/Bayrischzell today. While Kober was able to beat Marion Kreiner (AUT) in the women's final thus repeating her win of 2010 on her home slope, it was Siegfried Grabner, being honored to lead an Austrian podium sweep on the men's side. Lukas Mathies (AUT) finished second, two-time Sudelfeld winner Andreas Prommegger third.
On the women's side, Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) rounded out the podium as third edging off Selina Joerg (GER) to fourth spot. On the men's side, Jernej Demsar missed the podium spots as fourth ranked rider.
However, both fourth ranked riders also enjoyed the cheering of the hundredths of spectators in the finish area who were all crossing fingers for the German riders, especially for Amelie Kober who grew up just some ten minutes away from the race slope at Waldkopf.
In the end, their support paid off. “The crowd was amazing. I was able to hear them at the start. In the finish area it was even more extreme. The support pushed and motivated me a lot.”
Thanks to this extra motivation, the 24-years-old from Fischbachau was able to get rid of her nervousness which she had to handle in the qualifiers.
“The day started pretty clumsy. I was shaking a bit in the qualifiers. It took me a while to get into my rhythm. I'm very happy and glad that everything turned out fine in the end.”
A nice understatement as the so far most successful rider at Sudelfeld (victory in 2010 and 2012, runner-up in 2009) was not only able to better her so far great pgs results in the running season (Tellurde: 3rd, Carezza, 2nd) but also jumped from sixth to second rank in the Parallel World Cup Standings (3,680 points) being only a mere of 160 points behind of World Cup leader Patritzia Kummer (SUI, 3,840).
Another win after three years of waiting
While Kober was all smiles on the women's side, Siegfried Graber was her perfect pendant on the men's side as his last victory dates back to January 2009 (Kreischberg).
“I'm so happy and relieved. I never was so relieved as today. Many people didn't believe that I could be on top again.
The last two years were the hardest ones for me. After I broke my right ankle at Telluride (USA, 2009) and the necessary surgery thereafter, I didn't know if I would be able to come back and continue my career. Now I'm on top again and that's awesome!”
Especially as he won the finals which could have been labeled as battle of the generations.
“Lukas is some 16 years younger than me. That shows that everything is possible in snowboarding. Age is nothing but a number.”
Although he was beaten by a way older veteran, Mathies was delighted by his first World Cup podium in his 15th World Cup start: “It's unbelievable. I'm so stoked! Racing the big final was an amazing experience for me.”
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup continues in Canada. Blue Mountain will host the season's fourth Snowboard Cross race on FEB 7 and 8.
You can download all results and lists of the Sudelfeld PGS here: