Alpine Snowboarding World Cup's season opener in Carezza
On the up-coming weekend, it's finally time for the race boarders to kick off their Alpine Snowboarding World Cup season 2014. Carezza, Italy, will host the first two parallel events of this winter on Dec 13 and 14.
It's the third time in a row that the world's best riders return to the South Tyrolean resort to compete in a parallel giant slalom as well as a parallel slalom – this year, however, for the first time in the single run format.
In the single run format each head to head duel of the knock out rounds will bring only one decisive run with the faster rider directly advancing to the next round.
As another consequence of this format, not only the finals of the top 16 women and men will be even more dramatic but also the qualifiers as every duel's better ranked athlete of the time trials has the advantage of selecting the course to start on.
Perfect conditions, best line-up
The slope at Karerpass itself is in fantastic condition. Due to the perfect preparation of Local Organisers who have produced enough artificial snow over the past weeks, the start was moved down a bit and thus directly to the entry in the steep part of the course. In addition, the huge amount of snow enabled Organisers to also use the whole width of the steep section.
“That's good for both, riders and the race itself. In addition, spectators can now watch the whole course from top to bottom,” commended FIS Snowboard Race Director Uwe Beier.
If the sunny weather holds out as forecasted, the start into the race board season couldn't get any better; especially as the world's carving elite will compete in Carezza.
Besides reigning Parallel Overall World Cup title holders Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT), who laid the foundation to an outstanding season last year triumphing in South Tyrol, also last years ladies' winner Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN) will start, who had earned her career's first one year ago on her 29th birthday.
Special race for Haldi
Roland Haldi will enter the parallel giant slalom scheduled for Friday with some more butterflies in his stomach than usual. The 34-year-old Swiss will compete in his career's 100th World Cup race, a feat which only 48 male snowboarders were able to pull off before.
Time schedule Carezza World Cup:
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