Historic win for Dujmovits
The penultimate day of the XXII Olympic Winter Games featured an historic result when the first ever Olympic parallel slalom took place at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Julia Dujmovits (AUT) earned her chapter in the history books relegating German racers Anke Karstens and Amelie Kober to second and third respectively.
Dujmovits recovered from a slow first run in the final to beat Anke Karstens (GER) in the second and win Austria its first Gold medal in an Olympic snowboard event.
“I'm still so stoked. I can't believe it. I never thought about it,” Dujmovits, who will be the flag bearer for Austria at the closing ceremony tomorrow, said after winning the race. “I told myself today, 'Focus, focus, focus'. It's amazing to have Gold.”
Amelie Kober (GER) won bronze after beating Corinna Boccacini (ITA) in the race for third.
Finishing strong despite aggravating an elbow injury in a crash during the semifinals, Kober joined with Karstens to become the first German twosome to reach the podium in the same snowboard event at an Olympic Winter Games.
Kober rejoiced in winning a medal alongside her roommate. “There is an unwritten rule that we don't talk about anything. This is a moment we can talk about when we are 105 years old and without teeth,” the mother of one said.
Karstens said her medal was already pledged to someone else. “I promised my boyfriend [former racer Tyler Jewell (USA)] I would get him a medal for his birthday so, 'Hey, you got it,'” she said.
The large, chanting and flag-waving crowd was disappointed that all three of its favourite Russian snowboarders failed to move into the finals. The 2013 world champion Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS), 2014 parallel giant slalom Bronze medallist Alena Zavarzina (RUS) and Natalia Soboleva (RUS) all failed to make it past the 1/8 finals.
Pre-race favourite Patrizia Kummer (SUI), who won gold in the parallel giant slalom on Wednesday, also failed to win her 1/8 final run.