Patrizia Kummer and Andreas Prommegger win Parallel Giant Slalom in La Molina

10 March 2012 17:34
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Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) have won the penultimate parallel race of the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup in La Molina, Spain.


Due to her fifth and his third triumph in the current season, both race boarders are now having a very comfortable lead in the Parallel World Cup ranking before entering the very last parallel giant slalom in Valmalenco, Italy, next Saturday (March 17).

Before this race, everyone said that the pgs would be my weaker discipline. But I was always fast in the training sessions and knew that I could do it. Now, it's even better to win as it's getting essential.”

Kummer, who celebrated her career's first ever PGS podium besides Bronze at the 2009 World Championships in Korea, has accumulated a total of 6,040 points after today's parallel giant slalom in the Catalan winter sport resort and is thus 860 points ahead of Amelie Kober (GER, 5,180).

It's a big lead but still, everything is possible,” stated the 24-years-old Swiss rider, who had the luck you need in her quarter final against Marion Kreiner (AUT) winning by 3 hundredths and in the final when Kummer came in 8 hundredths ahead of Kober.

Kober, however, now is as second ranked of the standings the only rival of the Swiss who has the theoretical chance to challenge Kummer in the race for the Crystal Globe. Therefore, Kober has to win the final race while Kummer shouldn't rank better than 18th.

There is a small chance,” said Kober, “but I try not to think of it. It's only theoretical. We'll see what next Saturday brings.”

Today's third place went to Julie Zogg (SUI) who edged off her team mate Fraenzi Maegert-Kohli (SUI) to fourth.

Change of lead in the men's ranking

On the men's side, Prommegger (6,550), who beat Simon Schoch (SUI) in the men's final, is some 620 points ahead of Roland Fischnaller (ITA, 5,930), who lost the Yellow Leader Bib to Prommegger due to an early out in the first round of the top 16.

According to this, the father of one, who dominated the competition today, pointed out: “The door to the World Cup title is now wide open. But you don't get any presents in the World Cup. The field is way too strong. But I'm very happy and proud that I did so well today. It was a tough race and I reckon I deserved the win.”

World Cup title defender and currently third ranked rider in the world, Benjamin Karl (AUT), who crossed the finish line ahead of his fellow countryman Lukas Mathies (AUT) in the small final thus rounding out the podium, lost his chance to intercede the duel for the 2012 title with a total of 5,480 points.