Austrians dominate Parallel Slalom in Yongpyong
The Austrian team has put its red-white-red mark on the debut of Yongpyong, Korea, as LG Snowboard FIS World Cup host. A total of three out of six possible podium spots were taken by riders from the small central European country. While Marion Kreiner (AUT) was able to relegate Swiss Fraenzi Maegert-Kohli, Svetlana Boldykova (RUS) and Doris Guenther (AUT) to the second to fourth rank on the ladies side, Benjamin Karl (AUT) and Siegfried Grabner (AUT) were able to celebrate a 1-2 punch on the men’s side. Aaron March (ITA) came in third edging of Manuel Veith (AUT) in the small final.
It was the second World Cup win for Kreiner and the eleventh for Karl; however, a triumph with different relevance for both. On the one hand, 29-years-old Kreiner had some kind of redemption for the disappointing results at the last World Championships held in La Molina, Spain, end of last month.
According to this, the Graz resident said: “I wasn’t in a bad shape at the World Championships. It just didn’t work out. But this is our discipline. Today, everything worked out again. And this is a good feeling. I can’t really believe it yet and have to realize it. But it’s a good sign that I was able to tie on to the shape I had before I went to the World Champs.”
On the other hand, her team mate Benjamin Karl, who became the most successful participant of the last Worlds grabbing to Gold medals, was ready for some other records right after having claimed another triumph in his career. “This is the fourth consecutive race I won. To my knowledge, the current record held by Philipp (Schoch, SUI) is five wins in a row. And I want to crack it,” the dominating race boarder of the current season explained.
In addition, the Vancouver Olympics runner-up also extended his lead in the Parallel World Cup standings. Prior to the race in Korea, Karl had been in front by the tiny lead of only 10 points over team mate Andreas Prommegger, who lost some precious points due to his early out in the eighth finals finally finishing twelfth. After six parallel races held so far, the three-time World Cup title winner is now comfortably leading the table with 3,910 points. His strongest pursuers are Roland Fischnaller (ITA, 3,120), Andreas Prommegger (3,100) and Aaron March (3,100).
On the women’s side, World Cup leader Ekaterina Tudegesheva lost some of her advantage due to a ninth rank finish. Although the Russian still sits on the top spot of the World Cup rankings with 4,180 points she already feels the pressure as Fraenzi Maegert-Kohli has now collected a total of 3,910 thus breathing right down her neck. A fact, which was pretty surprising for the Swiss. “I didn’t know that it would be that close. But I don’t count at all. We have still four races to go, so it will be a close battle. I’m just happy with the result and with my riding. I felt good the whole day, starting already in the qualifiers,” Maegert-Kohli said.
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup will continue in Asia. At the first ever event held in China, a halfpipe contest will be staged in Yabuli on February 13th.
Result women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7190/7190RLR0.pdf
Final ladder women: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7190/7190RLRF.pdf
Final ladder men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7191/7191RLRF.pdf