Patrizia Kummer and Daniel Weis shine out at Universiade
Olympic PGS champion Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Germany's Daniel Weis have won the third snowboard event of the 27th Winter Universiade in Sierra Nevada, Spain, yesterday, which saw a high-class field featuring the likes of Olympic medallists as well as World Cup winners.
The Swiss superstar of the scene edged off Selina Joerg (GER) in a close ladies' final of the parallel giant slalom race to the second spot taking a successful revenge for the 2013 small final defeat.
While Kummer earned her career's first medal at the student games in her third appearance since 2011, her German rival completed the full medal set after gold in 2011 and bronze in 2013.
“I'm happy to have added silver to my belt. It's nice that I have all colours now, and it's a nice confidence boost after the disappointing Sudelfeld World Cup result,” said Joerg.
It was the last chance to medal for both 27-years-old as the age max for participating at the Winter Universiade is 28.
Nadya Ochner (ITA) rounded out the podium as third while Darya Groznova (RUS) had to settle for fourth.
In the men's competition, Daniel Weis brought home his career's so far biggest triumph beating Bo-Gun Choi from Korea in the men's final.
“I'm very happy. I knew that I could race fast but didn't really expect such an outcome,” the 26-year-old from Bischofswiesen stated.
In the small final, Alexander Payer (AUT) crossed the finish line ahead of Andrzej Gasienica-Daniel (POL).