Kaltschütz and Parini defend Giant Slalom World Cup

Kaltschütz and Parini defend Giant Slalom World Cup

Livigno (ITA). With an exciting final the Giant Slalom of the 1999/2000 NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup was concluded today. Margherita Parini from Italy and Austria’s Stefan Kaltschütz claimed the titles while Sara Fischer from Sweden and the French duo Matthieu Bozzetto and Nicolas Huet, they were on a tie, won the season’s last race.

Last year’s Giant Slalom World Cup champion Stefan Kaltschütz from Austria has already been safe to defend the Giant Slalom World Cup prior to the final. He could have taken it a bit relaxed though but however pushed it hard and ended up seventh after a couple of mistakes in his final run. “I just wanted too much today,” he said, “it would have been nice to win the last race. I’m quite happy with the season although it could have been a little better in Slalom but I don’t know why I couldn’t work it out there. I will take some time off now to spend three months in Peru and I am very much looking forward to that.”

NOKIA World team rider Matthieu Bozzetto and his teammate and friend Nicolas Huet finished today’s race on a tie and by this also claimed second and third place in the final GS standings. “This win was special for a couple of reasons,” he said, “it was the second for me this week, it happened in the last race and after so many races when Nico and I were fighting against each other we share a win for the very first time ¿ that’s unbelievable. For me the season has been even a little better than last year’s: Last time I won the Slalom World Cup and the overall and was third in the Giant Slalom, apart from the Parallel title and the overall I am second in GS this time. I’m stoked.”

And Huet added: “It’s really good to share first place with Matthieu, but it really has been pretty even today between the two of us: I made a mistake in the first run and he had just a little problem in the second. I was kind of pushing it a little in the second run since I wanted the podium in GS and also needed to have a good result for the overall. I’m so glad I made three podiums finally: second in Parallel and the overall and third in GS. I took me some time to pull it together in GS and a couple of weeks ago I would not have believed that I was able to make it ¿ I’m so happy.”

Austria’s Felix Stadler who could have closed it for third place in the GS standings finished sixth today and ended up fourth place in the final standings. Left to mention that Austrian Dieter Krassnig finished third today for fifth place in the GS World Cup. “As I said already: for me the season could still continue,” he said, “but this might help for a better start next year.”Since none of the Halfpipe riders who will hold their final competition tonight is able to make it to top three overall, Bozzetto claims the big globe for the overall with Huet being second ahead of Stadler.

Margherita Parinin from Italy has already claimed the World Cup title when she was qualified for the second run but did not take it for granted and pushed it again in the season’s last run. After a big mistake half way down she finally ended up tenth and seemed a bit disappointed: “I would have loved to get the Italian crowd a podium,” she said, “but it just didn’t work and I have no idea why. This really has not been my best season and I’m glad I could finally still win the GS World Cup. Some of the courses this year have not been made for me, I prefer the steep ones and a couple of those this season have been really flat and I hope we will have more steeper ones again in the future. My goal for next season will be to also make it up in Parallel racing since this is the most important with regard to the Olympics.”

Sara Fischer from Sweden claimed her first-ever win only in this last race of the season. “I can’t believe that it came true finally,” she said, “I had a couple of good results recently but was still missing a win. I would not mind to contiue with me World Cup races right now.” French riders Isabelle Blanc and Karine Ruby finished second and third which made the latter mentioned move up to second place in the standings. “It looks like the knot is untied now,” she said, “now I can hope again for next year.”

Manuela Riegler from Austria made a mistake in the second run and ended up 15th today which made her drop back to third in the GS standings. “This is my best results in the GS World Cup, so I’m really happy,” she said, “it’s just amazing that I ended up top three in all standings and the most important for me is the overall.”

While she is taking the big globe Blanc went in second place overall ahead of Parini.

Men

1 3 1237235 Bozzetto, Matthieu FRA
1 2 1237429 Huet, Nicolas FRA
3 8 1294853 Krassnig, Dieter AUT
4 1 1115791 Feichter, Walter ITA
5 13 1003077 Messner, Elmar ITA
6 5 1238690 Stadler, Felix AUT
7 11 1002398 Kaltschuetz, Stefan AUT
8 27 1005599 Sammer, Klaus AUT
8 15 1118507 Ebner, Markus GER
10 33 1089213 Gruener, Lukas AUT
11 17 1202606 Kosir, Dejan SLO
12 24 1477504 Maier, Alexander AUT
13 21 1246256 Archibald, Jeff USA
14 23 1213373 Morency, Mathieu CAN
15 47 1144406 Cusini, Gerardo ITA
16 32 1010546 Niederstätter, Kurt ITA
17 16 1093190 Prommegger, Andreas AUT
17 10 1004047 Pogue, Anton USA
19 20 1000458 Behounek, Mathias GER
20 28 1084363 Bourgault, Thomas FRA
21 26 1237526 Chiquet, Mathieu FRA
22 31 1020634 Rabanser, Georg ITA
23 7 1426967 Ebenbauer, Werner AUT
24 19 1007345 Walder, Harald AUT
25 12 1002107 Idesheim, Maxence FRA
26 35 1409410 Barone Pitsch., Ascan ITA
27 43 1449277 Mermillod, Olivier FRA
28 9 1025969 Berney, Rob USA
29 4 1225692 Richardsson, Richard SWE
30 22 1020343 Kildevaeld, Mike DAN

not in Finals
31 14 1084557 Cosnier, Charlie FRA
32 36 1144794 Gatto, Federico ITA
33 45 1256441 Unterkofler, Gerhard AUT
34 49 1223752 Bormolini, Matteo ITA
35 34 1005017 Rolland, Xavier FRA
36 58 1318036 Sylvestre, Jerome CAN
37 46 1398255 Pozzolini, Stefano ITA
38 40 1203770 Zezin, Denis RUS
39 84 1103278 Meulman, Glenn NED
40 50 1215507 Vaughan, David CAN
41 60 1006569 Tikhomirov, Denis RUS
42 42 1403881 Sachot, Guillaume FRA
43 81 1541330 Lien, Alexander NOR
44 53 1312022 Trakofler, Robert ITA
45 54 1506992 Mather, Florent FRA
46 64 1327639 Grebetcharski, Bojan Dimitrov BUL 4
47 71 1368282 Hune, Brandon CAN
48 61 1525034 Salassa, Guido ITA
49 48 1246644 Gariepy, Joel CAN
50 55 1311343 Nuuttila, Mikko FIN
51 51 1318133 Boivin, Charles CAN
52 67 1547247 Galli, Rudy ITA
53 56 1225595 Aspman, Jonas SWE
54 88 1085430 Lindroth, Patrick SWE
55 79 1094839 Elfvendahl, Johan SWE
56 41 1002301 Janbroers, Mark NED
57 69 1524937 Longa, Hansel ITA
57 52 1145085 Hackhofer, Arthur ITA
59 66 1398061 Palfrader, Gabriel ITA
60 87 1653947 Heuten, Emmanuel BEL
61 63 1335787 Demirev, Georgi BUL
63 68 1404948 Janevski, Borce MKD
64 75 1568975 Kacarski, Aleksandar MKD

Women

1 1 1225110 Fischer, Sara SWE
2 3 1236556 Blanc, Isabelle FRA
3 2 1005308 Ruby, Karine FRA
4 17 1244704 Desmares, Nathalie FRA
5 13 1032565 Fingerlos, Ursula AUT
6 15 1261873 Farmand, Sandra GER
7 14 1004629 Renoth, Heidi GER
8 7 1006957 van Ert, Sondra USA
9 9 1149256 Parini, Margerita ITA
10 10 1225013 Windahl, Aasa SWE
11 16 1007733 Zedlacher, Isabel AUT
12 36 1124327 Krings, Heidi AUT
13 22 1001331 Fournier, Dorothee FRA
14 27 1247420 Reinauer, Katja GER
15 4 1004823 Riegler, Manuela AUT

not in Finals16 23 1025096 O’Malley, Erin USA
17 29 1408052 Kaltiainen, Anna FIN
18 6 1238787 Fletcher, Rosey USA
19 33 1403202 Valdenaire, Florine FRA
20 24 1002980 Mair u d Eggen, Dagmar ITA
021 11 1004920 Riegler, Claudia AUT 51.10 5
22 38 1217350 Marczulajtis, Jagna POL
23 43 1313283 Rey, Marjorie FRA
24 31 1207650 Trudel, Ivana CAN
24 18 1109389 Kirchgasser, Maria AUT
26 20 1002010 Hookom, Stacia USA
27 37 1312992 Cloutier, Hélène CAN
27 25 1102308 Sauerbreij, Nicolien NED
29 21 1042556 Trettel, Lidia ITA 52.39
30 32 1024805 Ott, Lynn USA 52.72
31 45 1484488 Insam, Marion ITA
32 47 1102599 Sauerbreij, Marieke NED
33 35 1085139 Tible, Aurelie FRA
34 41 1203867 Tikhvinskaja, Maria RUS
35 50 1541912 Eschgfäller, Jessica ITA
36 28 1182430 McKenna, Lesley GBR
37 46 1451799 Faye, Emilie FRA
38 44 1194846 Kukucz, Malgorzata POL
39 52 1418722 Mihnevici, Alina RUM
40 53 1239466 Mularz, Joanna BEL
41 49 1223946 Silva, Roberta ITA
42 56 1402426 Er-Rafiqi, Nadia MAR
43 55 1406015 Mihnevici, Francisca RUM
44 58 1679361 Adams, Samantha NOR
45 57 1730480 Formo, Brigitte NOR
ITA
021 11 1004920 Riegler, Claudia AUT 51.10 5
22 38 1217350 Marczulajtis, Jagna POL
23 43 1313283 Rey, Marjorie FRA
24 31 1207650 Trudel, Ivana CAN
24 18 1109389 Kirchgasser, Maria AUT
26 20 1002010 Hookom, Stacia USA
27 37 1312992 Cloutier, Hélène CAN
27 25 1102308 Sauerbreij, Nicolien NED
29 21 1042556 Trettel, Lidia ITA 52.39
30 32 1024805 Ott, Lynn USA 52.72
31 45 1484488 Insam, Marion ITA
32 47 1102599 Sauerbreij, Marieke NED
33 35 1085139 Tible, Aurelie FRA
34 41 1203867 Tikhvinskaja, Maria RUS
35 50 1541912 Eschgfäller, Jessica ITA
36 28 1182430 McKenna, Lesley GBR
37 46 1451799 Faye, Emilie FRA
38 44 1194846 Kukucz, Malgorzata POL
39 52 1418722 Mihnevici, Alina RUM
40 53 1239466 Mularz, Joanna BEL
41 49 1223946 Silva, Roberta ITA
42 56 1402426 Er-Rafiqi, Nadia MAR
43 55 1406015 Mihnevici, Francisca RUM
44 58 1679361 Adams, Samantha NOR
45 57 1730480 Formo, Brigitte NOR