The first of the two-day racing-fest at the FIS Snowboard Alpine World Cup in Bannoye (RUS) wend down on Saturday in a big way, with Ramona Theresia Hofmeister (GER) and Dmitry Loginov (RUS) walking away victorious from a parallel giant slalom competition after an extremely tight day of racing.
The skies were covered in dense clouds on Saturday, but that didn’t stop the world’s best alpine riders from fully charging down Bannoye’s perfectly prepared PGS course, in what was a perfect kick-off to an action-packed weekend of head-to-head snowboard World Cup racing.
Ladies’ competition saw Hofmeister back to her winning ways and claiming her second victory of the season. Despite having a bit of a little slow start in qualifications, where she only put down the fifth-fastest time, the 23-year-old came out swinging from the moment the competition moved on into finals. Hofmeister would start by besting Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN), before dispatching Jessica Keiser (SUI) and then Selina Joerg (GER) on her way to the big final, where she would face down another German teammate in Cheyenne Loch.
The Hofmeister vs. Loch showdown was a tense one, with Hofmeister gaining a little advantage right from the start and Loch then battling to close the gap while hoping for a mistake from her teammate. Unfortunately for Loch, Hofmeister would make no mistakes in her biggest run of the day, linking her turns smoothy from top to bottom to finish a strong .54s ahead of Loch and claim the 12th World Cup win of her career.
“I think I just can’t describe my feeling right now,” said Hofmeister in a flash interview after the race, “The conditions were difficult, but the organisers did an amazing job and in the end we had some nice fights in every round. Last year I also won the World Cup here, so I’m super happy to back on top of the podium and to share it with my teammate Cheyenne. Im so in love with the races here in Russia and I’m already excited for the PSL competition tomorrow.”
With Hofmesiter taking the win, consequently it was Loch, who finished the competition in second place for her third top-3 finish in 2020/21 season.
Austria’s Sabine Schoeffmann rounded out the women’s podium in third place, coming victorious in the small final matchup against the afore-mentioned Selina Joerg and thus spoiling a historic chance for an all-German sweep of the podium. With a third place on Saturday, Schoeffmann recorded her first top-3 World Cup finish in almost two years.
In the PGS World Cup ranking Hofmeister continues to lead the way in first place with 340 points after four competitions. Joerg and Loch are sitting in second and third place, respectively, with 230 and 225 points.
Over on the men’s side it was 2019 double World Champion from Park City Dmitry Loginov, who capped off what was a hugely impressive day for the Russian Snowboard Team with his first victory of the season.
On Saturday Loginov led the 1-2 punch for the Russians, facing down another strong young member of the squad in Igor Sluev for the final heat of the day. Unfortunately for Sluev, it would end up being a final he would like to forget, as the 21-year-old lost control on his heel edge in the middle section, leaving him to watch as Loginov cruised down to third World Cup victory of his young career.
With Loginov on top of the podium, Sluev found himself in the second position on the day, also for his second top-3 finish in the campaign, after he won the PGS event in Scuol at the beginning of January.
Third place on Sunday went to Italy’s Mirko Felicetti, who also claimed his first podium of the season, edging out his compatriot Edwin Coratti in the small final.
With his second place finish on Saturday, Sluev took over the lead in the men’s PGS World Cup standing, jumping into first place with 214 points. After a 23rd place finish on Saturday, Benjamin Karl (AUT) has now dropped to second place with 208 points, with Roland Fischnaller (ITA) following behind in third place with 186 points.
The FIS Snowboard World Cup extravaganza in Bannoye continues on Sunday, with the parallel slalom competition set to begin with qualification rounds at 9:15 local time, and finals following up at 13:00 (9:00 CET).
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