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Thrilling Snowboard competitions in Copper Mountain and Bad Gastein
Torah Bright (AUS) and Nathan Johnstone (AUS) have successfully put an Australian stamp on the 2012/13 FIS Snowboard World Cup season's second halfpipe contest on 12th January. The riders impressed spectators along the 22 foot superpipe by their performance in Copper Mountain, CO, USA, which saw a super strong field of competitors featuring the who is who of freestyle snowboarding.
Bright, the 2010 Olympic gold medalist edged off best qualifier Kelly Clark (USA) to second and Queralt Castellet (SPA) to third spot. On the men's side, reigning world champion Johnstone bumped Luke Mitrani (USA) to the runner-up seat. Third rank went to Louie Vito (USA).
In the slopestyle event the day before, Jamie Anderson (USA) and Charles Guldemond (USA) won the first contest in the Northern hemisphere despite tough weather conditions including snowfall and changing winds. Anderson relegated Kjersti Buaas (NOR) and Isabel Derungs (SUI) to the second and third spots, respectively. On the men's side, Guldemond was on fire, bringing home the win ahead of Roope Tonteri and Peetu Piiroinen (both FIN).
The Grand Prix in Copper Mountain was the first FIS World Cup also counting for the World Snowboard Tour.
Kober, Prommegger, Kummer and Kosir victorious in parallel slaloms at Bad Gastein
Amelie Kober (GER) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) clinched the FIS Snowboard World Cup season’s first parallel slalom, which was staged in Bad Gastein (AUT) on 11th January. Amelie Kober claimed her career's twelfth World Cup and on the men's side, Prommegger, had the momentum with him after winning the season opener (PGS) at Carezza (ITA) and nailed his career's tenth win. This was the first FIS parallel World Cup final to be held in a single run format.
On the following day, 2012 Bad Gastein winner Patrizia Kummer (SUI) and Zan Kosir (SLO) won the second parallel slalom staged on the same slope.
Kummer beat Austria's Julia Dujmovits in the ladies final, taking home the seventh World Cup win of her career. On the men's side, Slovenia’s Zan Kosir clinched his first ever World Cup victory by beating Roland Fischnaller (ITA).
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