Qualifier for PSL #1 at Bad Gastein in the books
It seems that the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup keeps being exciting as the qualifiers for this season's second parallel slalom staged in Bad Gastein, Austria, once again provided some unexpected results.
Top athletes like reigning 2013 PGS World Champion Isabella Laböck (GER) or PSL World Cup leader Caroline Calvé (CAN) didn't make the cut of the top 16, while riders like Natalia Soboleva (RUS) or Michelle Dekker (NED) earned their first and second World Cup finals appearance respectively.
On the men's side, Italy's top gun Roland Fischnaller is still fighting his mini crisis missing another finals as 41st.
In addition, reigning Olympic Champion Jasey Jay Anderson (CAN), Slovenia's racing aces Zan Kosir and Rok Marguc as well as Anton Unterkofler, who won the World Cup opener in Carezza last December, are forced to watch their rivals racing down the Bucheben slope next to the Stubnerkogel gondola in the knock out rounds.
Those duels will instead feature Lukas Mathies (AUT) once again, who was the fastest qualifier. It seems the young gun from Snowboard Team Austria is on fire with two podium World Cup finishes to this belt already.
In addition, Junior World Champion Stefan Baumeister (GER) secured his first World Cup final in his 13th start and finally underlined his strength on the highest level of international competition.
The race for the Crystal Globe couldn't get any more dramatic.
Watch out for the finals staged at 12:45 CET, live on ORFeins and Eurosport2.