Tudegesheva and Prommegger win Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup at Stoneham
Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) have clinched the 2012 seasons eighth parallel event of the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup and thus taken over the lead in the Parallel World Cup, too.
In the parallel giant slalom final at Stoneham, Canada, the 24-years-old World Cup title defender from Tashtagol relegated women's best qualifier Julia Dujmovits (AUT) to the second rank.
Julie Zogg (SUI) won the third place by default after her rival Amelie Kober (GER) couldn't start in the re-run of the small final due to an injury.
Kober had accidentally crossed the courses right in front of Zogg who couldn't avoid riding right into the German racer who suffered a deep two centimeter long cut at her back.
Although the finals were a bit overshadowed by this crash which forced Kober to drop out, the two remaining ladies gave in their best and delivered a pretty exciting race which the Russian top gun finally sewed.
Due to the earned 1,000 points, Tudegesheva jumped on the top spot of the Parallel World Cup ranking (4,070) and thus just edged off Patrizia Kummer to the second rank owith the tiny mere of 30 points.
“I'm happy about my first win in this season and also that I got the Yellow Bib,” the two-time Olympian said.
However, the dominating race boarder of the last season also benefitted from several slips of her rival in the finals.
According to this, Julia Dujmovits wasn't quite sure if she should be happy or disappointed about ending up second.
“Actually it's arrogant to say that you are disappointed after finishing second but this time it's like it is. I made a mistake in the first run of the finals and thus got the penalty time. In the second run I had caught up quickly and also taken over the lead but unfortunately made another mistake.”
But the Burgenland resident also took a look for the silver lining.
“At least I know that I was the fastest girl out there today and this is almost more important to me than a victory. But it was a great race.”
Dujmovits is currently ranked fifth in the world (3,710) but stills aims for the big shot and make it into the top-3 (third spot is currently held by Kober, 3,980) in the last three races.
“Now I hope to be able to attack the top-3 of the World Cup ranking as this would be my goal for sure.”
Prommegger balk Karl's hopes for a five-peat
On the men's side, the battle for the World Cup title is also a close one with three riders within reach of the Crystal Globe.
Andreas Prommegger now has the best chances to fulfill his dream as the Salzburg resident was able to take over the lead in the ranking due to today's victory, his second in the current season.
“It's amazing. I love this hill. I was doing well here over the last years but always ended up behind of Benji (Karl). And today, our duel in the semi finals was brutal once again.”
The father of one knocked out Karl and thus ended the reigning World Champion's dream of a five-peat in his “living room”. Over the course of the past four years, Mr. Stoneham Benjamin Karl had been unbeaten.
That his team mate was able to stop this winning streak in the resort located some 25 km north of Quebec City gave Prommegger a mental boost.
“This one is very important for my confidence plus the fact that I also took over the World Cup lead. However, it's more important to lead the pack after the season's finals.”
Prommegger leads the men's Parallel World Cup with 4,950 points ahead of Roland Fischnaller (ITA, 4,690) and Benjamin Karl (4,560), who lost the battle for third against Nevin Galmarini (SUI).
The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup continues with the semi finals and finals of the season's last halfpipe event in Stoneham, Canada, tomorrow.