NOKIA team riders Matthieu Bozzetto from France and Austria’s Ursula Fingerlos took the gold in the season’s fourth Parallel Giant Slalom.
The event has officially been opened up with a ceremony last night on the World Cup slope, featuring attractive presentations of both ski instructors and snowboard riders, attended by about 2,000 people and concluded with huge fireworks.
Pure sunshine all day and temperatures around zero degrees made today’s Parallel Giant Slalom a perfect race for riders and spectators alike. With Matthieu Bozzetto not surprisingly adding another win to his score, Austria’s Felix Stadler finishing second and Nicolas Huet from France taking third place, the race was a remake of the Berchtesgaden event just two weeks ago. “At the beginning of the season I have not been very strong in parallel racing,” Bozzetto said, “I think I was missing a bit of confidence and continuity but with some more practice it also worked better. Today I had the right stands on my board and now I know that I can also do it in Parallel Giant Slalom.”
It was his first PGS win this season. Felix Stadler once again had to leave it with Bozzetto by a total of 1.02 seconds. “I’m pretty happy with second place,” he said, “I felt tired already this morning and did not expect to even make it to the finals today. It was exactly the same as in Berchtesgaden: I moved on and on and just missed to take the final step.”
France’s Nicolas Huet finished third ahead of his teammate Charlie Cosnier. Bozzetto is further leading the Parallel World Cup standings ahead of Huet and Stadler.
Ursula Fingerlos from Austria won her first-ever Parallel race today, beating current World Cup leader Isabelle Blanc from France in the final head-to-head duel. With Blanc having crashed in the first final run, Fingerlos did not take too much pressure in the second and captured the gold with a lead of a total of 19 hundreds of a second. “So far I have mostly finished around 15th or 20th or even worse in parallel racing,” Fingerlos said, “maybe it’s because it’s so much fun being here in Sweden plus the snow was just perfect and I felt pretty good. My first win on an alpine slope since five years, that’s something special.”
Blanc was happy with second place: “I just didn’t like my crash in the first final run, it would have been looking much nicer without that… but there was this little bump on that part of the course which I have also feared before.”
Manuela Riegler from Austria faced Sweden’s Sara Fischer in the race for third place and could beat her by 36 hundreds of a second. “First, I was a bit angry,” Riegler said, “because in the semi finals I missed to make the final heat by just one hundred of a second. I just can’t ride at my limit so it’s my fault only but at least I made it to the podium, third place is fine.”
Blanc is further wearing the yellow World Cup leader bib, Riegler is in second place while Margerita Parini from Italy who did not make it to the finals today dropped back to third.
The season’s third Parallel Slalom race is scheduled for tomorrow.
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11van Ert, SondraUSA34.08
19Mair u d Eggen, DagmarITA34.94
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6Anderson, Jasey JayCAN28.29
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26Barone Pitsch., AscanITA30.13
30Klug, Christopher JUSA30.27
43Fröyse, Arnstein DalumNOR31.33
45Casanova, Adam J.USA31.64
51Fröyse, Alf DalumNOR32.09
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