Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour to pick up pace in Rogla

21 January 2016 13:34
Rogla has always been a place for tight duels in front of an excited crowd
Rogla has always been a place for tight duels in front of an excited crowd -
Miha Matavz

It's the fourth consecutive year the alpine snowboard World Cup tour is coming to Rogla, Slovenia. On January 23rd, 2016, the fourth parallel race is on the schedule with a parallel giant slalom taking place on the Jasa slope. And with the event marking the halftime of the World Cup season, athletes will try their best to improve their position in the race for the Crystal Globe.

Right now, Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS, 1,960 points) and Radoslav Yankov (BUL, 2,290) are ranked number one in the world as both have had decent results in all three races so far.

But while the Bulgarian shooting star has already gained an impressive lead of 850 points on Mirko Felicetti (1,440), who is leading an Italian pursuer foursome including Christoph Mick (1,424), Maurizio Bormolini (1,326) and Roland Fischnaller (1,170), who is the only one of the ranking's top-5 with a win in Rogla (2013) so far, the Russian veteran has a tighter competition to face.

Reigning psl world champion Ester Ledecka (CZE, 1,790), who won this season's so far sole parallel giant slalom event at the season's opener in Carezza, Italy is only 170 points behind the leading Russian.

In addition, 2014 pgs Olympic champion Patrizia Kummer (1,630) is also at Tudegesheva's back with a strong international mix of athletes lying in wait, too: Nadya Ochner (ITA, 1,440), Ladina Jenny (SUI, 1,320), 2014 psl Olympic champion Julia Dujmovits (AUT, 1,290) and Julie Zogg (SUI, 1,190) could easily close the gap with a top-result in Rogla.

However, Tudegesheva and Ledecka, who won in Rogla back in 2013 and 2014, respectively as well as Dujmovits, the 2014 third rank finisher, are the main riders to watch out for in the women's competition as they have already proven to get along with the race hill.

On the men's side, there is one racer who could mix up things – if he has overcome his back problems.

Local hero Zan Kosir has placed on the Rogla podium every year since the inaugural event finishing second in 2013 and 2014 as well as third in 2015. But the two-time Olympic medallist has not raced a single World Cup this season so far.

Live scoring information for both events can be found online soon.