Podium sweeps for Russia’s ladies and Austria’s men
Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) and Benjamin Karl (AUT) have celebrated victory in the first parallel giant slalom of the 2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup held in Limone Piemonte, Italy, today. In the ladies finale, the World Cup leader edged off her team colleague Alena Zavarzina to the runner-up position thus clinching a back-to-back win after having claimed victory in the season’s opener in Holland. Svetlana Boldykova, who had successfully competed against Claudia Riegler (AUT) in the small final, completed the Russian podium sweep, the first ever in the history of the Parallel World Cup. While the Russians were the dominating team on the ladies side, Austria’s rooster put the hammer down in the men’s competition. Benjamin Karl, World Cup leader Andreas Prommegger and Manuel Veith brought home a 1-2-3 finish from the 450 metres long race course Marchetto Gorba. Switzerland’s Nevin Galmarini placed fourth.
That she led a historic triumph for her home country due to her career’s fifth World Cup win was a fact Ekaterina Tudegesheva couldn’t really get together in her head. The Tashtagol resident barely controlled her feelings during and after the price giving ceremony, but, however, stated pretty pedestrian: “I’m so glad. I haven’t realised yet what was happening. I was only concentrating on keeping hold to the Yellow Bib.”
And the 23-years-old defended her World Cup lead in an impressive way. The third best qualifier controlled all of her competitors on the race course with its 21 gates. She won every single run always being in the leading position. “I kind of expected that I could win again, but never like this. I had some doubts.”
In contrary to Tudegesheva, who is once again the top aspirant for a podium finish in tomorrow’s parallel slalom hosted on the same race slope, which is very steep in the last third, today’s runner-up found some words for the historic podium sweep.
“Although I think this was maybe the hardest race I ever competed in, I think this triumph was supposed to take place today,” said Alena Zavarzina proud.
Karl earns career’s ninth World Cup win
Like the 21-years-old Russian athlete, Benjamin Karl was also very pleased with today’s outcome; not only because of the podium sweep for his home country but mainly because of his own performance.
“This is a special win for me,” stated the 2010 Olympic runner-up. “Prior to the race, a brutal equipment battle took place. Now, everyone is riding with the same material as I do. The whole field closed ranks. But with this victory in store, I know that I’m still there.”
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup continues in Limone Piemonte. Tomorrow, the season’s second parallel slalom will take place on the same slope.
Final result ladies: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7035/7035RLR0.pdf
Final result men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7036/7036RLR0.pdf
Final ladder ladies: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7035/7035RLRF.pdf
Final ladder men: http://www.fis-ski.com/pdf/2011/SB/7036/7036RLRF.pdf