Outstanding field to compete in Bad Gastein

07 January 2015 11:13
Patrizia Kummer won the last three PSL races in Bad Gastein - will she do it again?
Patrizia Kummer won the last three PSL races in Bad Gastein - will she do it again? -
Miha Matavz

Bad Gastein once again attracts the best raceboarders for some thrilling head-to-head action this week.

The famous 270 metres long Bucheben slope right in the heart of the city will provide two parallel flagged courses on which the carving specialists from all around the world will tackle the gates with speed and precision.

On January 9th, the season's second Parallel Slalom is on the programme which will mark the 49th and 50th World Cup race in Bad Gastein while Saturday, January 10th, will bring the second ever Parallel Team Event which celebrated its debut in Montafon, Austria just a few days prior to last Christmas.

The field is led by this season's unbeaten veteran Roland Fischnaller (ITA) who not only triumphed in the World Cup's opening Parallel Giant Slalom in Carezza, Italy but also in the Montafon Parallel Slalom and Parallel Team Event (alongside team mate Nadya Ochner).

It will be more than interesting to find out if Fisch is able to extend his winning streak in Bad Gastein with the 34-year-old being no stranger to the race hill.

Back in January 2012 he clinched the PSL event whilst placing second twice the year after.

But Zan Kosir (SLO) is ready for another battle with the World Cup leader. And the two-time Sochi medallist should know how to attack on the Bucheben slope having third, second and first rank finishes in Bad Gastein to his belt already.

Benjamin Karl (AUT) as well as two-time Olympic Champion Vic Wild (RUS) and local hero Andreas Prommegger (AUT) also had some good results in the Gastein valley before and are definitely amongst the inner circle of podium contenders although the latter one might not be able to compete due to a broken thumb.

Four-peat for Olympic Champion?

On the women's side of things, all eyes are on Patricia Kummer (SUI).

Although the 2014 Olympic PGS Champion hasn't earned a podium finish in this young season yet, she is still the one to beat out there, especially as she was victorious in the last three races staged on the Bucheben slope.

However, besides the 27-year-old Swiss superstar, there are some more ladies to watch out for who did well in Bad Gastein in the past or have proven a pretty good early season form so far.

Austria's very own Julia Dujmovits, the 2014 Olympic PSL Champion and Marion Kreiner had their podium finishes in Bad Gastein over the past years with Kreiner coming to the second consecutive stop of the Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour on home turf with the advantage of a victory at the season's opener.

In addition, Amelie Kober (GER) underlined her strength as second ranked rider of the Montafon Parallel Slalom. The 2014 Sochi PSL Bronze medallist is ready to take another win in Bad Gastein where she triumphed back in 2013.

Sabine Schöffmann (AUT) and Nadya Ochner (ITA) will try to proof that their outstanding results of Montafon and Carezza haven't been a one-race-wonder.

For further information on the PSL top-3 results in Bad Gastein so far click here.