Kummer and Dufour clinch season's finals of the raceboarders staged at Sudelfeld
PGS and Alpine Snowboard World Cup title go to Kummer and Mathies
Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Sylvain Dufour (FRA) have clinched the season's final of the raceboarders which was staged today at Sudelfeld, Germany.
On the 450 metres long course on Waldkopf slope, the Swiss racer crowned her outstanding winter with her season's fourth at the Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup presented by Audi. Despite an ankle injury, the 26-year-old relegated Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN) and Julia Dujmovits (AUT) to second and third thus bringing home the PGS and Alpine Snowboard World Cup title after having won the PSL World Cup already just a few weeks ago.
“I don't notice the pain while racing. When I race, I'm full on. I can't believe it, this season has been amazing,” Kummer said and added:
“Of course I hope to tie on to this at Sochi but no matter what happens at the Olympics, my season has already been outstanding. However, I will give everything I have at the Olympics, then it will turn out well.”
On the men's side of things, Lukas Mathies (AUT) and Justin Reiter (USA) rounded out the podium next to Dufour who celebrated his career's third.
Due to his second rank and thus his fourth podium finish this season, Mathies claimed the title in the PGS and Alpine Snowboard World Cup bringing home his career's first Crystal Globes leaving the 22-year-old almost speechless:
“What a season! In the beginning, my goal was to make the Olympic team. Now I'm the Overall World Cup Champion. That's insane.
If anyone would have told me to win the Globe at the beginning of the season I wouldn't have believed him. I knew that I'm fast but I never thought to get everything together over the whole course of the season in both disciplines.”
Heading into his first Olympics, the two-time World Cup title winner is now one of the main contenders for Gold, Silver and Bronze in Sochi:
“I'm very confident right now but Sochi is different. But my goal is to do as well as I did on the World Cup tour.”
It was the first time in the 18-year history of the FIS Snowboard World Cup that season's finals were staged on German turf.
However, the venue couldn't have been chosen better as Local Organisers were blessed with blue bird sky for the first time at the fourth edition of the PGS World Cup at Sudelfeld.