Riegler and Reiter with historic wins in Moscow
Claudia Riegler (AUT) and Justin Reiter (USA) have clinched the second-to-last parallel slalom of the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour under the lights bringing home an historic win atop a scaffolding set up in the streets of Moscow, Russia.
While Riegler became the oldest snowboarder ever to win a snowboard World cup race, Reiter took home his career's first in the unique psl event staged on a massive, purpose-built ramp at the Krylatskoye Sports Centre.
Snowboard veteran Riegler, who also had become the oldest rider ever to win a world championships title last January (psl) earned her career's fifth in her 299th start.
“It was a great race. After winning the world title it was very important for me to also win a World Cup race. I knew I could do it after winning gold in Lachtal. I achieved what I wanted.
It's a great feeling to be back atop the World Cup podium, especially as the last one was 13 years ago,” she said.
The 41-year-old from Flachau, who has been part of the World Cup circuit since the first ever event back in 1994, edged off Julie Zogg (SUI) to the second rank who took over the lead in the psl and overall alpine Snowboard World Cup ranking due to her fourth consecutive podium finish on tour.
“When the season kicked off I didn't think of winning the crystal globe and now it's only one more race to go. I take it as it comes,” told five-time junior world champion Zogg the media with an eye to the two World Cup titles within reach.
Olympic champion Patrizia Kummer rounded out the podium as third coming out successfully of a Swiss small final against Ladina Jenny.
On the men's side of things, Justin Reiter claimed his careers first against 2015 psl world championships bronze medallist Benjamin Karl (AUT) who secured this season's first podium finish for the Austrian men's raceboard team.
The US boy capitalised on a perfect line on the red course which turned out to become his money gates:
“I didn't expect a result like this but learned that I could take a direct line on the final four gates on the red course that no one else saw. I used that to my advantage in every run.”
With his first in his 85th World Cup start to be the icing on the cake: “Today was a great day for me. I'm very happy to have my first victory earned here in Moscow on the ramp. It feels amazing. Huge thanks to all of my sponsors and coach.”
While Reiter was happy about his win, Karl was relieved to bring home his first top-3 finish since three years: “It feels great. It's good to be back, and I hope I can tie on to this from now on. Now I'm hungry for a win, too.”
In the battle for third, Roland Fischnaller (ITA) crossed the finish line ahead of reigning world champion and local hero Andrey Sobolev (RUS).
The FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour wraps up with the last parallel slalom of the season staged in Winterberg, Germany, on March 14th, 2015.