Russians stand out at junior worlds parallel events
Russian snowboarders have played a major role at junior worlds for quite a while now. But since 2014, racers from Mother Russia have been dominating the youngster's major event with authority – just like in 2016 at Rogla.
At the 20th FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships with the alpine snowboard races staged on the World Cup course called Jasa the strong talents left no doubts that riders from Snowboard Russia would be the ones to beat again in the battle for the raceboard gold, silver and bronze medals.
In the parallel giant slalom Elizaveta Salikhova claimed her career's first title ahead of Elisa Profanter (ITA) and Carolin Langenhorst (GER) while Dmitry Sarsembaev came out victorious of the duel with his fellow countryman Dmitry Karlagchev with Gabriel Messner (ITA) rounding out the men's podium as third.
“I'm very excited. It's my last junior worlds, and it took me five years to finally win this. It's a very big win for me,” explained Salikhova, a 19-year-old athlete.
In the parallel slalom, Dmitry Loginov and Dmitry Karlagchev celebrated another 1-2 punch for the Russian raceboard athletes with Crt Ikovic earning bronze for Slovenia.
“When I woke up I already knew that I would win today,” said 16-year-old Loginov, a junior worlds debutant who got disqualified in the pgs race the day before.
“I think the course was perfect, and I really loved it. It was just my day. I was super angry after my DQ yesterday, and I really wanted that win.”
While Loginov claimed the 20th junior worlds title for Russia, a racer from Germany prevented another Russian celebration in the women's competition:
Ramona Hofmeister won Gold in the title battle against Milena Bykova (RUS) while Elisa Profanter added another medal to her list finishing third.
Full results can be found here.
The 20th FIS Snowboard Junior Worlds title will continue with the snowboard cross event on April 4th and 5th, 2016.