Nadya Ochner and Roland Fischnaller claim victory at first ever Parallel Team Event in Montafon
ITA 1 with Nadya Ochner and Roland Fischnaller has added a new chapter to the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup history books becoming the winners of the first ever Parallel Team Event (PSL) which was staged in Montafon, Austria today.
The mixed from South Tyrol edged off RUS 2 with siblings Natalia Soboleva and Andrey Sobolev to the second rank bringing home the slight advantage of only 5 hundredths.
In the battle for third, JPN 1 consisting of Tomoka Takeuchi and Masaki Shiba capitalized on a mistake by GER 1 (Amelie Kober/Alexander Bergmann) which had to settle for fourth.
Winning the premiere of the Parallel Team Event which was run as a Parallel Slalom under a blue bird sky on Seebliga/Hochjoch Fischnaller truly became the man of the winter having triumphed in all three parallel events so far while Ochner was able to tie on to her good result from the season's opener in Carezza where she placed third.
After securing his three-peat, Fischnaller said: “I'm surprised by myself. It was a great event, it was new and exciting. I risked a lot just like yesterday and it paid off. I hope I can keep this streak until next March.”
His teammate Ochner added: “It was hard and icy today but it was a perfect contest. I'm pretty happy that Fischnaller chose me as team partner.”
Although she missed the top spots pretty close, Natalia Soboleva was still pleased with the the second rank: “I liked the race and the format, and I'm happy with the result. Sharing the podium with my brother means we are a strong family.”
With plenty of the head-to-head duels offering tight and exciting racing like the final heat the first ever Parallel Team World Cup was a success.
While some races stayed close from top to bottom, some provided enthralling comebacks such as two-time Olympic Champion Vic Wild (RUS) catching up a 3.5 sec penalty time on Corinna Boccacini (ITA) in the eighth finals.
Although heat 5 with RUS 1 facing ITA 2 was the sole battle in which women went against men it's likely that more teams will play with the tactics at the second team event next year in Bad Gastein where a Parallel Team Event will take place on January 10th, just one day after the season's second Parallel Slalom.