Career's first for Ledecka and Mathies in Rogla PGS | First Czech win on Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour
Exciting race for Crystal Globes
Season's best climbers of the 2014 FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Lukas Mathies (AUT) secured their career's first in the second parallel giant slalom race of this winter which was staged in Rogla, Slovenia, today.
Both, the Czech and Austrian racer, dealt best with the 453 metres long course on Jasa slope in rainy and foggy weather conditions thus deservedly clinching the last parallel race of the olympic qualifier period in front of an impressive and loud fan crowd which also braved the weather.
Ledecka won the ladies' final against Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN) who earned her season's second runner-up finish in a pgs event and thus took over the lead in the PGS World Cup standings with 1,600. Julia Dujmovits (AUT) took third beating fellow countrywoman Ina Meschik in the small final.
Due to her win, Ledecka, who was competing in an Europa Cup downhill race of the alpine skiing tour yesterday, became the third Czech female snowboarder to ever win a World Cup and the first ever to do so on the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour.
“It's unbelievable, just indescribable. I feel great. The slope was in perfect conditions despite the rain. Local Organisers did a great job – and so did the fans out here at Rogla,” the 18-year-old from Prague said, who was also able to reduce the deficit in the Alpine Snowboard Overall World Cup standings on current leader Patrizia Kummer (SUI, 3,800) with now 3,250.
Today's results men's race for remaining World Cup titles
On the men's side, Lukas Mathies came out successful of the final duel with local hero Zan Kosir (SLO) and thus took over the lead in the Alpine Snowboard Overall World Cup (2,940).
“The win feels great. That's very cool. The season is going well for me. I'm super happy. I just take it easy and enjoy snowboarding – although it was tough today with the rain, especially with the goggles,” Mathies stated.
However, the 22-year-old from the Montafon region has an advantage of only 90 points on the former leader Kosir (2,850) who also sits on a tied first rank with Mathies in the PGS World Cup rankings (1,600).
In the battle for third, Sylvain Dufour (FRA) crossed the finish line ahead of Tim Mastnak (SLO) who claimed his career's best World Cup result as fourth.
The FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup continues on February 1st at Sudelfeld, Germany, with the season's finals which will also bring the decision in the race for the PGS and Alpine Snowboard World Cup titles.