World Cup parallel slalom action returns to Moscow

05 March 2015 12:15
The massive scaffolding in Moscow, venue of the second-to-last psl event of the season
The massive scaffolding in Moscow, venue of the second-to-last psl event of the season -
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The second-to-last event of the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup season takes place on Saturday, March 7th, with the world's best raceboarders taking over one of the world's great capitals for a city event under the lights. In Moscow, Russia, a parallel slalom will be staged on a purpose-built massive ramp.

After a break for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the former World Cup fixture with consecutive annual events from 2010 till 2013 is back on the calendar with a giant scaffolding slope erected just outside the city centre at the Krylatskoye Sports Centre.

This season, with Russian snowboarders Andrey Sobolev, Alena Zavarzina and Vic Wild have been playing a major role at the world championships and in the running Word Cup season, interest from the home crowd should once again be high after former events attracted crowds of well over 20,000 people at its peak.

However, while the hosting nation's athletes are always on the list to podium at their home soil events in Moscow, just like Stanislav Detkov and Ekaterina Tudegesheva as first and third, respectively, back in 2013, other athletes will be in the spot light for the race for the crystal globes in the parallel slalom discipline and overall parallel World Cup ranking.

Slovenia's Zan Kosir, a two-time Sochi medallist and 2015 Kreischberg world champs silver medallist, has already the PGS and Overall globe to his belt and is looking strong to add the third trophy as he has placed on the podium in every single World Cup race this season.

And with another top-3 result, this winter's dominating man who has so far 2,800 points in the PSL ranking would be through if Roland Fischnaller (ITA, 1,580) won't win the Moscow event.

On the women's side of things the battle for the title is a closer one with even more competitors in the game and only two more races to go.

Sabine Schoeffmann (AUT, 1,890), the runner-up finisher of the last World Cup race in Asahikawa, Japan, is currently in the lead but Japan winner Julie Zogg (SUI, 1,750) is close behind.

With both seeming to be able to keep the momentum, Olympic PSL champion Julia Dujmovits (AUT, 1,500) and reigning PGS world champion Ester Ledecka (CZE, 1,500) are also within reach while several others are hoping to catch up in the current psl ranking, too.

In the race for the overall alpine snowboard World Cup title there are currently three riders who are the odds-on favourites: Marion Kreiner (AUT, 3,950) leads the ranking with 400 points ahead of Ledecka (3,550) and Zogg (3,540).

ORF SPORT+, beIN SPORTS Max5 as well as RTV Slo 2 and http://universalsports.com/watch-live/ will show the Moscow finals live.

Preliminary Time Schedule Moscow

March 7 Qualifiers Ladies & Men PSL 3 PM LOC (1 PM CET)
Finals Ladies & Men PSL 7 PM LOC (5 PM CET)