World Cup tour returns to Bad Gastein for the 16th time
For 15 consecutive years, Bad Gastein (AUT) has hosted Snowboard World Cup events - now it's time to celebrate the 53 to 56 World Cup medal event!
Over the past one-and-a-half decades, a total of 50 medal events took place in snowboard cross and parallel slalom.
This coming weekend, it's time for the events #53 to #56 with the alpine snowboard World Cup tour returning to the Salzburg province with two races on the calendar for the men and ladies.
On Friday, January 8th, this season's second parallel slalom (single run format) will take place under the lights at 18:00 CET (live on ORF1, SLO2 and sportschau.de) while the first team event of the top 16 national mixed teams is scheduled for Saturday, Jan 9th, at 12:00 CET (live on sportschau.de).
With so far only two out of seven single races of the alpine snowboard World Cup circuit held, the battle for the Crystal Globes will pick up pace on the Bucheneben slope which has hosted a total of 30 parallel slalom medal decisions.
The most successful rider at the foot of the Stubnerkogel has been 2014 Olympic PGS champion Patrizia Kummer (SUI) who triumphed in 2012, 2013 and twice in 2014.
However, the last one to celebrate in Bad Gastein by beating Kummer in last winter's race was Ester Ledecka (CZE) who came out victorious of this season's opener in Carezza, Italy while Kummer will try to keep the momentum from her win in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy earned right before the christmas break.
In the men's event, the most dominating rider of the last events on the 270 metres long course will miss the action.
Zan Kosir (SLO), who placed on the podium in the last four consecutive years, is still working on his comeback after dealing with some back problems.
But the Italian team which nailed a podium sweep in the last race of 2015 has had some good results in Bad Gastein, too. Since 2011, at least one athlete brought home a top-3 result every year.
Besides Cortina winner Christoph Mick who earned his career's first podium last year in Bad Gastein, also Roland Fischnaller (two runner-up positions) and especially Aaron March (two runner-up positions and two third rank finishes) know how to deal with the course.