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.
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