Patrizia Kummer and Roland Fischnaller secure season's fourth win each in Moscow
Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Roland Fischnaller (ITA) have won the season's fifth and thus last parallel slalom of the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup, which took place as a ramp event right in the middle of Moscow, Russia, today.
In the ninth parallel race of this winter, the new women's World Cup leader from Switzerland (5,040 points), Patrizia Kummer, edged off her rival in the finals, Julia Dujmovits (AUT), to the runner-up position. Julie Zogg (SUI) came in third ahead of Marion Kreiner (AUT).
On the men's side, last years Moscow winner Roland Fischnaller also took over the World Cup lead (5,690) due to his season's fourth win. Simon Schoch (SUI) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) rounded out the podium as second and third respectively. Kaspar Fluetsch (SUI) missed the podium as fourth.
Kummer in joking mood
According to her season's fourth parallel slalom, Kummer was all smiles in the finish area.
No wonders as the best qualifier had proven before that she was able to handle the 175 meters long, 56 meters high and 22 meters wide steel ramp which also featured a so-called pro jump – actually a step down – best.
“After four wins I guess it would be nice to have an extra World Cup title for the parallel slalom discipline,” said the Bronze medalist of the 2009 World Championships with a twinkle in her eye.
“I don't know why, but it's just turning out well for me. I just ride and keep on doing well. I don't think too much at the moment, so I reckon that helps a lot.”
But although the 24-years-old rider from Rappental now sits in the best position in the race for the Crystal Globe, having a lead of 530 points over Julia Dujmovits (5,510), Marion Kreiner (4,410) and Amelie Kober (GER, 4,380), the young gun doesn't think about a perfect season's ending yet.
“In the beginning of the season, it was my goal to finish in the top 10 of the Parallel World Cup ranking. I don't think about the title. If it happens, it happens.”
Close battle on the men's side
While Kummer has already accumulated a comfortable lead, the battle for the title on the men's side is an even tighter won.
Fischnaller is only 140 points ahead of Andreas Prommegger (5,550). Benjamin Karl (AUT, 4,880), who lost a lot of points due to his early out in the qualifiers, is already far behind while sitting in third position of the ranking.
However, the new World Cup leader currently doesn't really believe in his chance.
“I put a lot of energy into this race so I don't know if there is any left for the last races and thus the duel for the Crystal Globe. I just take it from race to race.”
The South Tyrolean had invested a lot in order to settle the score with the Moscow ramp and thus the race which didn't end up good for him two years ago.
“Two years ago I slightly touched a gate and was unfortunately out of the race. I set myself under high pressure as I wanted to do well here in Moscow. I settled the score and that makes me very proud.”
Somehow or other, the next two and thus last parallel races in Spain and Italy will bring the final decision about who will crown him and herself 2012 Parallel World Cup title winner.
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup continues with a parallel giant slalom in La Molina, Spain, on March 10th.