Patrizia Kummer and Christoph Mick claim victory at Cortina's historic World Cup debut
Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Christoph Mick (ITA) have claimed victory in the last FIS Snowboard World Cup event prior to the turn of the year which was staged in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy under the lights.
While the 2014 Olympic champion earned her career's twelfth, Mick brought home his career's first World Cup win in style because the men's event definitely will never be forgotten with Italian famous ski resort's debut as a Snowboard World Cup becoming an outstanding one.
Not because of the fact that the originally scheduled snowboard cross event had to be replaced by today's parallel slalom due to the lack of snow but because the Italian team celebrated an historic triumph.
In the single run format psl finals staged under the lights, Christoph Mick led the first ever Snowboard World Cup podium sweep for his home country with the result being even better for the hosting nation as Italy's squad managed to place five men in the top-6 in their home soil competition.
Mick, a 27-year-old from Bolzano, fought the race of his life in the men's final against reigning psl world champion Roland Fischnaller who had slipped away at one of the first 25 gates of the 306 metres long course flagged on the Tondi Normale slope but managed to catch up again.
In the end, Mick brought home an advantage of only six hundredths.
“I can't describe my feelings. I'm so happy about the first place, and of course I'm happy for the result of the Italian team. It's been a good slope and a perfect competition for us,” Mick said.
In the battle for third, Mirko Felicetti crossed the finish line ahead of his teammate Maurizio Bormolini which made the result even better for Team Italia in front of an enthusiastic home crowd, especially as Aaron March finished in sixth position, too.
In the women's event, Kummer had taken an easy win in the ladies' final against Nadya Ochner after the Italian racer had made a decisive mistake right before the flat middle section.
Nevertheless, the Swiss raceboarder was all smiles: “I'm just happy. It was a very close race. Today, from the second qualification run on, I was close to the riding I want to have. I'm glad that it all worked out today. The win is a good confidence boost for 2016. It's good to be back on the podium.”
Cheyenne Loch (GER), who had lost the semi final against Kummer by the tiny mere of one hundredth, earned her career's best result rounding out the podium as third with 2015 psl world champion Ester Ledecka (CZE) taking fourth.
The snowboard World Cup tour continues next year with an individual and team parallel slalom in Bad Gastein, Austria on January 8th and 9th, 2016.