Zavarzina and Coratti win alpine snowboard finale
Alena Zavarzina (RUS) and Edwin Coratti (ITA) have claimed victory in the 2015-16 season's last alpine snowboard World Cup event which was staged in Winterberg, Germany as a parallel slalom single-run race today.
The former world champion and 2014 Olympic bronze medallist earned her career's second World Cup win since 2009 by relegating Ina Meschik (AUT) and Ramona Hofmeister (GER), who clinched her first career podium in front of a stellar home crowd, to second and third, respectively.
A special win for the Russian race queen who had to wait more than six years to step on the top spot of the podium again:
“It's my second victory on the World Cup tour. The first one was many years ago, and I really thought it might never happen again. So I'm full of emotions and pretty happy about myself.
Patrizia Kummer, who finished in eighth position today, was also very pleased with the outcome of the race as it was the parallel slalom World Cup title.
“I'm really happy. The pressure is the same as every year. It doesn't get any easier to win the Crystal Globe, so I'm just happy I did it.”
It was the seventh time Kummer finished the season in first position.
Finishing first is a feeling the 2014 Olympic champion definitely knows, a feeling which finally became familiar for Edwin Coratti, too.
The men's finals on the Poppenberg slope which featured a crucial 60cm high pro jump built in the transition from the flat part to the steep home straight provided a 1-2 punch for Italy with the 24-year-old celebrating his first career win ahead of his teammate Roland Fischnaller.
But it took him quite a while to realise that it was him who crossed the finish line first in the very tight men's finals:
“That's amazing. I don't have any words for this. I didn't really realise I had won, and I was waiting for the official announcement. When I heard it, I was ready to celebrate. It's a great feeling!”
Fischnaller on the other hand had also reasons enough to walk away with a smile as he secured his career's second Crystal Globe.
“The title means a lot to me, although I already have one. There were a few guys out there who could have won, too. Winning the Crystal Globe isn't easy at all”, he said before adding:
“I lost my chance on the big Crystal Globe in Turkey, but I'm OK with my season. I became a father, I built a house, so there were many things besides snowboarding. Watch out for next year: you will see a fully focused Rolli [Fischnaller] again.”
Rok Marguc of Slovenia rounded out the podium as third.
The big Crystal Globe for the overall alpine snowboard World Cup Patrizia went to Ester Ledecka (CZE) who already had taken home the pgs title last weekend and Radoslav Yankov who became the first Bulgarian to ever win a World Cup title:
“It's amazing to hold the big Crystal Globe in my hands. I'm really, really happy that this dream came true. I didn't expect anything like this at the beginning of the season, but when I noticed that I could do it, I never gave up to bring home the title.”