Calve and Dufour win first Parallel Slalom
Carolin Calve (CAN) and Sylvain Dufour (FRA) have clinched the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup season's first parallel slalom which was staged at Carezza, Italy, today.
Under blue bird sky in South Tyrol, Calve claimed her career's third World Cup win edging Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) by a mere 0.06 to take second. Selina Joerg (GER) took third.
“I'm very happy. It was the right decision to re-set the course after the qualification. It made the racing so much more even, easier and more fun”, said Calve after her dramatic final against her Russian rival.
Local Organisers had to re-set the course for the finals due to the slope conditions after the qualifiers.
However, Calve hadn't been in the need of a win compared to the most other athletes around who are striving to qualify for the 2014 Olympics.
“It's good to have a podium result before the Olympics. But it's my second win within the qualification period so I wasn't that nervous before this race. Now, it's even less stress.”
Close decisions on the men's side of things
On the men's side, the final was even closer as Dufour secured his career's second win by only 0.01 seconds over Austria's Alexander Payer, who took home his career's first podium.
“I felt well over the whole day of the course. I liked the course which was very turning. It was a perfect day for me, except that small mistake in the finals.”
But the two-time Silver medalist of the 2009 Korea World Championships didn't give up and believed in his strength.
“I pushed and pushed to catch up with Alex (Payer). When I crossed the finish line I checked the score board and noticed I was first. That's amazing.”
Beaten rider Payer, who almost perfectly nailed it in his 10th World Cup start wasn't disappointed although he lost with the tiniest margin imaginable.
“I'm very pleased with the second place. It's a surprise but well-deserved. In the finals, I wasn't too sure because of my lead but Sylvain (Dufour) had a great finish. It was the first time that I was on the other course side today and it seems that I missed the best line a bit. That's why I was behind in the end.”
Placing second, the young gun from the Austrian team is pumped for more now.
“Being on the podium for the first time whet's my appetite for more. I want to get that again, hopefully atop of the podium.”
Lukas Mathies, who finished third yesterday rounded out the podium again.
Like yesterday's PGS also today's PSL was staged in the single run format which was due to enthralling and exiting close head to head duels pure advertising for the sport.
The next races of the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup are scheduled for next year. After the Christmas break, the world's best return to Austria to compete in one parallel slalom each at Jauerling (Jan 10, 2014) and Bad Gastein (Jan 12, 2014).