One Circuit, One Champion

15 October 2013 14:20
Andreas Prommegger Shots

The 2013 FIS Snowboard Parallel World Cup consists of two events (parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom) featuring a total of seven competitions staged on top slopes all over the world with each course purpose-built and gates set by different team captains throughout the season.

The FIS Parallel World Cup is the only tour of its kind and fully supported by both, riders and teams. The global circuit features the world's best female and male athletes at every World Cup stop, including World Champions and Olympic medallists who are fighting to become the overall champions of the season.

This season's top highlight will be the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games with the alpine snowboarding races taking place on February 19 (PGS) and 22 (PSL).

Parallel Giant Slalom

Parallel Giant Slalom features head-to-head competition. All competitors race the clock in the qualification round and the fastest 16 racers advance to the elimination round. These 16 competitors battle it out on two, side-by-side courses.

After run one, the riders switch courses and in run two, the gate of the person that won the first run opens first, equivalent to the amount of time they led by.

This ensures that the second run of each round really is a ‘first past the post’ race. The winner after the second run advances to repeat the process while the other heads to the stands to watch the outcome.

Parallel Slalom
Similar to Parallel Giant Slalom but actual speeds are slightly less. The gates are more plentiful and closer together, causing the riders to have to be quicker from edge to edge.

In addition, ever since the 2012 season, pro jumps, berms and rollers might be part of the course in order to attractive.


Single run format

Since the 2013 season, finals in both parallel events can also be held in a single run format in order to keep the discipline more attractive for TV formats.

In the more compact single run format, the rider with the faster qualifier time can chose his/her preferred side.

However, it's more likely to have a single run format in the psl as - due to length and width of the course - it's easier to have more equalled courses.