Title decisions for small and big Crystal Globe

31 January 2014 09:04
The coveted Crystal Globe everyone is eyeing on
The coveted Crystal Globe everyone is eyeing on -
Oliver Kraus

Tomorrow will bring this season's last parallel event and thus the title decisions for the PGS World Cup as well as Alpine Snowboard Overall World Cup.

However, only a handful of athletes has the chance to be crowned as World Cup Champion after the Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup at Sudelfeld presented by Audi.

Here is a quick round up:

In the race for the PGS World Cup title, it's a battle of three which draws the attention. Right now, Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN) leads the standings with 1,600 ahead of PSL World Cup champion Patrizia Kummer (SUI) who follows as tied second with shooting star Ester Ledecka (CZE) with 1,400.

On the men's side, it's a duel between Lukas Mathies (AUT) and Zan Kosir (SLO) who have both cumulated 1,600 so far. Both also have high hopes for the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup title with a tiny advantage for Mathies (2,940). Kosir breaths down his neck with 2,850 while Sylvain Dufour (FRA, 2,500) is also a threat to have on the list.

On the women's side of things, Kummer comfortably leads the pack with 3,800. Only Ledecka (3,250) could dethrone the Swiss top gun.

Title defenders with special goals

But besides the battles for the Crystal Globes, two other athletes will take centre stage entering the race as Sudelfeld title defenders. Local hero Amelie Kober (GER) is aiming for a three-peat on the slope she grew up on while Siegfried Grabner (AUT) will retire after his 142nd World Cup thus ending a pro career of 20 years of active racing.

The qualification starts at 9:00 AM CET with the finals scheduled for 1 PM CET. Check this link for the preliminary Rogla programme.

Besides ORF Sport+, BNT2 (BUL), MAX3 (FRA), Orange (POL) and universalsports.com which will cover the finals live, also ARD will broadcast live from 2:10 PM on.