Engeli and Marguc celebrate career's first at parallel giant slalom race in Arosa
They have been Parallel Slalom World Champions before; today, Hilde-Katrine Engeli (NOR) and Rok Marguc (SLO) also took their career's first World Cup win in the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Cup season's fourth parallel giant slalom race staged in Arosa, Switzerland.
On the World Championships slope of 2007 called Carmenna, Engeli, the 2009 PSL WCS Gold medalist, clinched her career's first by beating local hero Patrizia Kummer (SUI) in the women's final.
“I'm very stoked. It was getting difficult out there, especially those last two runs. But overall it's been a very good race, a very good day and I'm just stoked to finally get a win,” said Engeli, who was the only women not to fall once in the last runs.
Other than Engeli, who became the first Norwegian women to win a Parallel World Cup event Kummer lost the balance in the first run of the finals due to the visibility which got worse over the course of the day.
“I did crash because I didn't see a hole. But that's OK. I gave everything I had and almost caught up the penalty time in the re-run. So, I'm very happy with my performance,” explained Kummer.
Especially as rank two was also equal to the lead in the Parallel Overall World Cup – another goal for the Swiss race lady who had won the PSL Crystal Globe just a few weeks ago already.
Her main rival for the title is Caroline Calvé (CAN), who sits in second but leads the race for the PGS title due to her win in today's battle for third over Alena Zavarzina (RUS).
Although the Canadian took home her first third rank result of her career, she was a little bit ambivalent with the outcome.
“It's a little bit disappointing because I know that I was riding well today,” said the best qualifier, another first in her race vitae.
“But as the course was extremely rough too, I'm happy of the way that I rode in such conditions. So I'm a little bit disappointed but happy with my third place.”
Watch the women's finals here!
Marguc ends long time of waiting
On the men's side, reigning PSL World Champion Rok Marguc stormed to his first World Cup win edging off Matthew Morison (CAN) to second who couldn't crown an impressive race to catch up.
“I was waiting for this for so many years now. So, this has been my first win. I'm very happy,” cheered Marguc in the finish area while becoming the seventh male Slovenian to win a World Cup race.
His rival in the finals was also pleased although he almost had Marguc due to an enthralling fight which in the end shouldn't pay off.
“This one means a lot to me. This is definitely my hardest fought podium of my career. I haven't had one in two years now. It's just getting that close to the Olympics so I put more pressure on myself,” said Morison after the price giving.
In the small finals, Anton Unterkofler (AUT) came in ahead of Patrick Bussler (GER) celebrating his career's second podium finish since five years.
Watch the men's final here!
The Parallel World Cup circuit continues next week with the penultimate PGS of the season which will be staged in La Molina, Spain, and maybe will make the race for the Crystal Globes even more exiting.
At the moment Calvé leads the Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup ranking with 2,080 points with Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) sitting in second with 1,950 points.
On the men's side, Andreas Prommegger (AUT), who competed in his 200th World Cup race today, leads with 2,660 points ahead of Roland Fischnaller (ITA, 1,990) who raced his 150th World Cup event.
In the Parallel Overall World Cup Fischnaller is ahead with 4,190 points while Prommegger is chasing him with 4,060 points.
On the women's side, Kummer has the Orange Bib with 3,750 points. Calvé breathing down her neck with 3,650 points.