Last parallel race in Sierra Nevada cancelled
Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) have clinched the 2013 Parallel Overall World Cup by default after the season's last event of the race boarders had to be cancelled in Sierra Nevada, Spain, today.
Due to the weather situation in Andalusia and the thereof resulting snow conditions local Organisers were forced to ongoing course work over the course of the day.
After several delays of the start time the parallel giant slalom had to be cancelled as the given situation didn't allow a fair event.
As a result, the leaders of those World Cup standings, where the race for the Crystal Globes were still open, capitalised from the race cancellation.
On the women's side, Marion Kreiner (AUT) claimed her career's first Parallel Giant Slalom title edging off Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN) to second and third and thus was stunned – in the first moment:
“I'm speechless. It's a weird situation as we didn't have a race. Of course I'm happy having won the small Globe. But on the other side, it's a pity because the race for the big Globe was close.”
Kreiner would have had the chance to catch up and pass Kummer, but the 2010 Olympic Bronze medalist was all good with the final result.
“With the given situation, I guess the cancellation was the right decision although I normally prefer to race.
I'm happy. It was a good season. I wouldn't complain to continue like this.”
Kummer on top - again
Patrizia Kummer, who defended the Parallel Overall World Cup title ahead of Kreiner and Caroline Calvé (CAN) drew a similar line:
“I'm super happy that I won the Parallel Overall World Cup although it's weird with the cancellation. You don't race but have an award ceremony.
However, I had a great season and I think I deserved the title. I'm glad that I was able to prove my last season's results. It's hard to repeat a title.”
Prommegger wins once more
On the men's side, Andreas Prommegger was also able to defend his 2012 World Cup title and thus said:
“It's unbelievable. It was my goal to defend the title and I did it. That's great although it's a pity that we missed out the race today.
I would have liked to race today but only under fair conditions. Today it was to dangerous, so it was the right decision to cancel the race. And I'm not saying this because I was leading the World Cup race.”
Before Sierra Nevada, Prommegger was 670 points ahead of his main pursuer Roland Fischnaller.
According to this, an eighth rank would have secured him the Globe, even though if his rival from South Tyrol would have won today.
“I never doubted to come out first of the ranking because I had a comfortable lead. I just would have had to trust in my skills,” explained Prommegger.
Fischnaller and Zan Kosir (SLO) rounded out the podium as second and third.