Duel for the Crystal Globe
Even Hollywood couldn't have written a better story for the last chapter of the 2014 FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup tour. Two riders will battle for the precious hardware in the very last event of the season.
In La Molina, Spain, on the slope where the 2011 FIS Snowboard World Champs took place, World Cup leader Omar Visintin (ITA) and shooting star Jarryd Hughes (AUS) are ready to get their hands on the Crystal Globe for the SBX World Cup title.
However, both riders will approach the last race from different angles.
While South Tyrolean rider Visintin, who currently sits on top of the ranking with 2.786 would need an eight place finish to secure his career's first no matter how his sole rival concludes his season.
In contrary, a victory for Hughes, who has so far 2,090 to his belt, would be mandatory to pass Visintin in the title race.
1,000 points are awarded for a win.
But regardless of how the season's finals on March 14 and 15 will go, the 18-year-old kid from down under, who injured his hand in the Veysonnaz event but will be able to compete in La Molina, will be pleased anyway.
“This is my first complete World Cup season and I can't believe what I have been able to accomplish so far. I can't wait to see what the next few years have in store for me,” said Hughes who won the Lake Louise World Cup last December.
Needless to say that the Sydney resident who placed 17th at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games wouldn't mind to bring home some more bling bling.
“Hopefully I will be able to come away with the Globe but if I don't I will be happy knowing it went to a great rider who had an amazing season.”
So, right now, everything looks like Omar Visintin, the odds-on favourite for the title, will finally get what he has been chasing for quite a few years now.
Since 2009, the 24-year-old had been racing on the international contest circuit and constantly got better.
Last year, he finished as third of the standings and thus has already improved his career's best but is for sure still hungry for more.
“I already topped my last year result and I'm close to take the title. I will for sure give everything I can to secure the Globe.”
In addition, he expects a tough fight with Hughes and on top of that some great and exciting racing in La Molina.
“There are many riders who are battling for the top-3 of the final rankings. So a lot of things can happen over the next couple of days.”
Check the current World Cup standings to find out who is getting his hopes up on finishing the season in the top-3.