Second to last World Cup stop in Spain
On March 10, La Molina, Spain, will host the second to last parallel race of the 2012 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season. The Catalan winter sport resort, which organized last year's FIS Snowboard World Championships, will run a parallel giant slalom.
However, according to the low amount of snow and the warm weather conditions of the past weeks, organizers have agreed to move the race scheduled for next Saturday from the 2011 WCS slope back to the one on which several World Cup races have been held on before.
But in contrary to the events in 2008, 2009 and 2010, this year's start on Pista Stadi will be moved downwards so only the top part of the parallel course will be flagged out on the very steep hill.
Due to this adjustments, the venue will be well-prepared for some very tight battles for the World Cup title.
Especially the duel on the men's side guarantees an exciting show.
With only two more races to go, all eyes are on Roland Fischnaller (ITA), who currently sits on the top spot of the men's Parallel World Cup standings having accumulated a total of 5,690 points so far. His main rival for the crown is Andreas Prommegger (AUT, 5,550), who is only a mere of 140 points behind.
Besides those two duelists, title defender Benjamin Karl (AUT, 4,880) still has some outside chances. But as the 2011 double World Champion is already 810 points behind of the World Cup leader, Karl has to hope for a slip-up of his competitors.
On the women's side, everything is set for an enthralling battle of five although Patrizia Kummer (SUI, 5,040) holds the best hand being the leader of the pack. The 2009 WCS Bronze medalist is already 530 points ahead of her strongest pursuer Julia Dujmovits (AUT, 4,510).
However, the 24-years-old Swiss speed lady, who has won four out of five parallel slaloms this season, hasn't had a really good result in the parallel giant slalom races so far. In none of this winter's four PGS comps Kummer came further than the round of the last 16.
This could not only be the chance for Dujmovits but also for Marion Kreiner (AUT, 4,410), Amelie Kober (GER, 4,380) and Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS, 4,310) to intercede in the title race as also the season's final event in Valmalenco, Italy (March 17), will be a PGS.
Time schedule La Molina, Spain:
Saturday, MAR 10th:
Qualifiers Women and Men at 9 AM (CET)
Finals Women and Men at 1 PM (CET)