PGS World Cup title for Kreiner and Kosir
Japan has celebrated an exiting and successful comeback as host of the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour with Olympic psl champion Julia Dujmovits (AUT) and 2014 two-time Olympic medallist Zan Kosir (SLO) clinching the last parallel giant slalom of the season under a blue bird sky.
Both celebrated their career's third win in the Santa Present Park situated at the gates of the city of Asahikawa.
Dujmovits edged off Swiss champion Julie Zogg, who brought home her season's third podium finish, to the second rank in the ladies finals while Ester Ledecka (CZE) took third ahead of Claudia Riegler (AUT) in the duel of the reigning pgs and psl world champions.
“I didn't had the results in the pgs World Cup I was hoping for. This is why I did some riding adjustments and also fine tuned my equipment set-up, which finally paid off. It was a great race where everything worked out,” Dujmovits said.
In the men's competition, Kosir, who also won the crystal globe for the pgs discipline title, his first ever, relegated Patrick Bussler (GER) to the second rank – a career's best for the racer from Germany who was all smiles despite the defeat:
“I'm super happy about my career's best World Cup result. I didn't expect much after my bindings broke in yesterday's training and I couldn't go on with the training. Luckily I was able to re-set everything.”
However, it was Kosir who shone out with his career's first pgs win and first crystal globe: “Finally I got all parts together. As it was the last pgs of the season I was pretty nervous because I came here to win it. And I did it.”
In the battle for third, Russia's Stanislav Detkov crossed the finish line ahead of Christoph Mick (ITA).
Ladies' pgs World Cup title winner Marion Kreiner (AUT) had already come off as winner of the pgs World Cup ranking going into the last pgs of this winter with an uncatchable advantage.
The FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour continues tomorrow with this season's third parallel slalom scheduled at 1 PM LOC (5 AM CET).