From Russia with love: Kummer and Fischnaller repeat 2012 triumph

30 January 2016 19:02
First Swiss double victory since Bad Gastein 2012: Patrizia Kummer wins ahead of Ladina Jenny in Moscow with Ester Ledecka (CZE) in third
First Swiss double victory since Bad Gastein 2012: Patrizia Kummer wins ahead of Ladina Jenny in Moscow with Ester Ledecka (CZE) in third -
Miha Matavz

Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Roland Fischnaller (ITA) have underlined their role as one of the main favourites on the win at the parallel slalom World Cup event in Moscow, Russia by repeating their 2012 triumph on the purpose built ramp.

Both riders are also sitting in the top position of the parallel slalom World Cup ranking with only one more race to come in Winterberg, Germany on March 6th, 2016.

Kummer, the reigning Olympic PGS champion secured her career's 13th by edging off teammate Ladina Jenny to the second rank. 2015 world champion Ester Ledecka (CZE) finished in third position at the Krylatskoye Sports Centre.

Moscow and the ramp have always been good to me. I really like to come back here every year.

The slope on this ramp is really tough to race. It's a challenge, every time. Last year it was the jump, this year, you had to be clean on the edge. But it was definitely fun. It's awesome to have a Swiss double win,” said Kummer.

It's been the first Swiss double victory since January 2012 when Kummer and Julie Zogg placed first and second at the parallel slalom in Bad Gastein.

Two veterans showcase the sport at its best

While the women's final run was a clear thing for Kummer due to a mistake of Jenny, the men's final under the lights was a breathtaking and thrilling showdown from top to bottom of the huge scaffolding slope – with the better end for Mr. Moscow Roland Fischnaller.

Roland Fischnaller (ITA) with third win in Moscow ahead of Benjamin Karl (AUT) and Rok Marguc (SLO)

Well, having been on the podium in Moscow in every race definitely makes it my home race. So, of course I liked the ramp again.

Coming here I'm always having a good feeling, and I guess that makes the difference. I was absolutely focused on bringing home my third from Moscow after I had three third and two first rank finishes,” explained the 2015 world champion.

Nevertheless it was a tough one in the finals as Fischnaller who had triumphed in 2011 and 2012 before and has now placed on the podium at all six psl races in Moscow so far, earned his career's twelfth by crossing the finish line only two hundredths ahead of Austrian raceboard icon Benjamin Karl.

Benjamin Karl is a racing machine like me. It was really close. I enjoy competing against him, and we both showed that we are pretty strong.”

The four-time world champion from Austria was also OK with the result, although “I haven't been closer to a win for four years now,” said Karl.

One one hand, it's hard to lose a final that close, but on the other hand, I'm happy that I was able to deliver a great fight. And I will keep on fighting. My goal for this season is still a World Cup win.”

Slovenia's Rok Marguc rounded out the podium as third.

Today's winners Kummer and Fischnaller are now leading comfortably in the race for the small Crystal Globe.

Ledecka and Radoslav Yankov (BUL), who placed in 13th position today, are up front in the overall alpine snowboard World Cup ranking which hits the home stretch at Kayseri, Turkey next month where this season's last parallel giant slalom will be staged on February 27th, 2016.