Ina Meschik shines out at Austrian Nationals
Ina Meschik has been the dominating rider of the Austrian Nationals in the alpine snowboarding disciplines last weekend.
However, other than expected not in the events which were scheduled for last Saturday at Falkert.
A bad weather forecast had forced Local Organisers to run both events, the parallel slalom and giant slalom, on the same day – and in a format which is uncommon for the World Cup athletes.
Both races were held in a two-run format and not in head-to-head duels – the format which was planned for the psl.
Nevertheless, Ina Meschik, who had placed fourth in the parallel slalom competition at the last Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, clinched both titles.
The rider from Carinthia took her first Gold in the time of 1:03.58 min ahead of Olympic PGS champion Julia Dujmovits (+ .87) and race board veteran Claudia Riegler (+ 1.93).
The local hero earned her second win just a few hours later in the giant slalom in 1:38.12 min beating Sabine Schöffmann (+ .81) and Julia Dujmovits (+ 1.24).
Meschik thus brought home her third career National title.
“Winning two Nationals in just a few hours is pretty rare. Due to the very soft conditions, it wasn't easy to ride well but I was feeling well and was able to bring down some good runs. It's perfect to end the season with a double win,” said Meschik.
On the men's side, Parallel Overall World Cup title winner Lukas Mathies was the fastest racer on the slalom slope in 1:03:28 min edging off Andreas Lausegger (+ .09) and Alexander Payer (+ .57) to second and third.
While it was Mathies' second National title, Payer claimed his first one in the giant slalom race in 1:34.24 min just a bit later with Mathies (+ 1.08) and Anton Unterkofler (+ 1.39) rounding out the podium as second and third respectively.