Park City/Utah (USA). Due to unfavourable weather conditions it has been a long day today on “CB’s run” in the Park City Mountain Resort where the seventh Giant Slalom of the 1999/2000 NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup was carried out today. Austria’s Dieter Krassnig and Margherita Parini from Italy claimed the gold on the slope where the Parallel Giant Slalom will be held during the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

The conditions at the “Eagle Race Arena” have not been easy when the Giant Slalom riders checked out the Olympic slope today. After a curious first run this morning when seven of the 15 top ranked GS riders dropped out , most of them in the upper steep section of the course, the weather turned bad with some rain and snowfall that caused a two hour delay for the start of the second run.

Dieter Krassnig from Austria who was ranked fifth this morning closed the gap in the second run and claimed his first win in two years. “It’s just great and I wished the season would have started right now,” he said. “After a bad start into the season it looks like I’m there now. I made a little mistake in the first run and just kept going although I didn’t expect to end up with a top result anymore but it went pretty well in the second. Usually I am doing much better in Slalom but it’s also working in GS now ¿ I really whished the season would go on for more than the two races left.”

Markus Ebner from Germany has been leading after the first run and finished second. “I’m really happy,” the reigning GS World Champion said, “I had a perfect run this morning and when the weather got so bad I feared that it was in vain. It has not been easy but all in all it was ok. My goal was to make it to the podium today. It looks like I get it to work again now.”

Frenchman Nicolas Huet made it to third and was elated. “I didn’t do very well in the flat part so I know, where I lost some time,” he said, “I haven’t be far from a win sometimes… I’m really happy being third since I haven’t done well all year until last week in Nagano, but I have never won a GS in my life and that’s what I like to work on now.

Stefan Kaltschütz from Austria finished fourth today. Since NOKIA World team rider Matthieu Bozzetto from France, his strongest rival for the Giant Slalom World Cup, dropped out in the first run, Kaltschütz is already safe for the globe. “When I had this bad crash earlier this season I feared that the title was gone,” he said, “but I had the good luck on my side also…”

Unlucky bird Bozzetto did not make it to the second run for the third time in a row and was more than disappointed: “In France we say ‘never two but three’ so it should at least stop after this but this doesn’t help, the World Cup title is gone. However, I will put everything into the last race to make it to the podium.” Right now he is still in second ahead of Canadian Jasey Jay Anderson who went 34th today.

Margherita Parini from Italy claimed the win in the women’s race, like she had also done here last year. “It’s a very nice course,” she said, “very technical, but I need to focus more on parallel racing now since this is the one held at the Olympics.”

Julie Pomagalski from France went in second place, her best GS result so far. “I was really upset when I have ended up fourth in the Snowboard Cross two days ago,” she stated, “but this was kind of a revenge today although the Giant Slalom is not my first choice.”

Germany’s Heidi Renoth took the bronze and felt obviously relieved: “I have been waiting for this for quite a time now and it really feels good that I made it to the podium again after a while.”Parini still keeps the lead in the World Cup ahead of Manuela Riegler from Austria who finished seventh today. Sweden’s Aasa Windahl took 14th today but still stays in third overall.

With today’s check of the Olympic slope the Countdown to Gold was concluded now as far as Snowboarding is concerned. The riders head back to Europe now r the last two stages taking place in Italy.

Men
1Krassnig, DieterAUT1:17.541:13.432:30.971000
2Ebner, MarkusGER1:16.401:14.592:30.99800
3Huet, NicolasFRA1:17.471:13.532:31.00600
4Kaltschuetz, StefanAUT1:16.841:14.712:31.55500
5Ebenbauer, WernerAUT1:18.201:13.892:32.09450
6Prommegger, AndreasAUT1:18.541:13.792:32.33400
7Copp, StephenSWE1:17.041:15.382:32.42360
8Messner, ElmarITA1:19.991:12.622:32.61320
9Kildevaeld, MikeDAN1:18.991:13.892:32.88290
10Chalmers, DarrenCAN1:18.381:14.762:33.14260
11Cosnier, CharlieFRA1:20.091:13.872:33.96240
12Stadler, FelixAUT1:19.731:14.352:34.08220
13Manificat, FabienFRA1:19.911:17.462:37.3720015Pogue, AntonUSA1:20.871:16.882:37.75160
16Archibald, JeffUSA1:21.491:16.722:38.21150
17Morency, MathieuCAN1:21.951:18.232:40.18140
18Watanabe, GrahamUSA1:24.411:18.072:42.48130
19Macomber, PeteUSA1:23.411:19.822:43.23120
20Sammer, KlausAUT1:26.501:16.892:43.39110
21Hadgkiss, IanCAN1:24.571:19.742:44.31100
22Mcdonald, RyanUSA1:27.011:19.112:46.1290
23Lange, JoshUSA1:25.081:21.592:46.6780
24Mosiman, ChristianUSA1:25.581:21.872:47.4570
25Gariepy, JoelCAN1:25.911:22.152:48.0660
26Johnson, A.J.CAN1:27.211:21.452:48.6650
27Merriman, ColinUSA1:27.101:24.082:51.1845
28Nuuttila, MikkoFIN1:27.901:25.522:53.4240
29Thorndike, PeterUSA1:23.74S1:23.7436
30Drinker, MattUSA1:27.07D1:27.0732

not in Finals
31Blagys, KevinUSA1:29.001:29.0028
32Orb, QuinnUSA1:29.051:29.0526
33McDowell, RobAUS1:29.381:29.3824
34Anderson, Jasey JayCAN1:30.111:30.1122
35Simms, Nathan RUSA1:30.201:30.2020
36Jewell, TylerUSA1:30.421:30.4218
37Rathcliffe, DarrenUSA1:30.481:30.4816
38Shelly, JohnNZE1:31.321:31.3214
39Dorval, Felix AntoineCAN1:31.541:31.5412
40Wills, JimUSA1:31.651:31.6511
41Hall, CooperUSA1:32.231:32.2310
42Fell, PhillipUSA1:32.711:32.719
43Costa, AlvaroCHI1:33.641:33.648
44Altmaier, Gordon FUSA1:34.181:34.187
45Smith, Jason R.USA1:35.041:35.046
46Stradley, JerredUSA1:36.281:36.285
47Parker, Juan Edo.CHI1:37.011:37.014
48Gillings, JohnGBR1:38.161:38.163
49Mina, JondrePHI1:39.031:39.032
50Ruess, John RUSA1:43.671:43.671
51Bates, MichaelGBR1:43.731:43.73

Did not Start
26Steggall, ZekeAUS
48Rice, AustinUSA
54White, BenUSA

Did not Finish
11002107Idesheim, MaxenceFRA
21225304Biveson, DanielSWE
41237235Bozzetto, MatthieuFRA
51211336Fawcett, MarkCAN
61115791Feichter, WalterITA
81239175Klug, Christopher JUSA
111225692Richardsson, RichardSWE
191025969Berney, RobUSA
311038094Smith, Adam NUSA
331037803Casanova, Adam J.USA
341276811Vastamäki, JoniFIN
391002301Janbroers, MarkNED
451403687Duclos, SylvianFRA
471374005Moruzzi, RiccardoBRA
561451508Laurence, JonathanUSA
69Hurst, MichaelUSA

Disqualified
161039549Price, IanUSA
701650358Freeman, NathanUSA

Women
1Parini, MargeritaITA1:18.091:19.882:37.971000
2Pomagalski, JulieFRA1:18.581:20.122:38.70800
3Renoth, HeidiGER1:19.511:20.112:39.62600
4Ruby, KarineFRA1:20.791:20.712:41.50500
5Desmares, NathalieFRA1:22.671:18.962:41.63450
6Fischer, SaraSWE1:21.221:20.632:41.85400
7Riegler, ManuelaAUT1:20.981:21.042:42.02360
8Fletcher, RoseyUSA1:19.231:23.382:42.61320
9Herbert, BirgitAUT1:22.101:21.422:43.52290
10Riegler, ClaudiaAUT1:22.391:21.212:43.60260
11Fingerlos, UrsulaAUT1:22.401:21.392:43.79240
12Schlegel, NinaAUT1:21.231:22.662:43.89220
13Ranigler, CarmenITA1:23.161:20.892:44.05200
14Windahl, AasaSWE1:19.241:26.192:45.43180
15Blanc, IsabelleFRA1:20.881:25.162:46.04160

not in Finals
16O’Malley, ErinUSA1:23.221:23.22150
17Farmand, SandraGER1:23.561:23.56140
18Fournier, DorotheeFRA1:24.391:24.39130
19Odynski, ElisabethUSA1:24.701:24.70120
20Hookom, StaciaUSA1:24.761:24.76110
21McKenna, LesleyGBR1:25.341:25.34100
22Cloutier, HélèneCAN1:27.261:27.2690
23Ott, LynnUSA1:27.271:27.2780
24Loo, AlexaCAN1:27.351:27.3570
25Charles, MichelleCAN1:28.081:28.0860
26Barclay, MelissaCAN1:29.681:29.6850
27Hengge, MadeleineUSA1:30.891:30.8945
28Bertrand, PauleCAN1:31.581:31.5840
29Cetera, ClairUSA1:32.251:32.2536
30Haeggloef, ApriliaSWE1:34.881:34.8832
31O’Connor, LeeNZE1:35.801:35.8028
32Ritter, AdryanUSA1:37.031:37.0326
33Aanestad, EmilyUSA1:37.121:37.1224
34Prefontaine, NicoleUSA1:38.101:38.1022
35Whalen, LindseyUSA1:42.601:42.6020

Did not Start
34Gorgone, MichelleUSA
35Nodine, EmilyUSA

Did not Finish
15Van Ert, SondraUSA
26Dobrezelewski, AndreaUSA
27Tible, AurelieFRA

Timing by SWATCH:21.231:22.662:43.89220
13Ranigler, CarmenITA1:23.161:20.892:44.05200
14Windahl, AasaSWE1:19.241:26.192:45.43180
15Blanc, IsabelleFRA1:20.881:25.162:46.04160

not in Finals
16O’Malley, ErinUSA1:23.221:23.22150
17Farmand, SandraGER1:23.561:23.56140
18Fournier, DorotheeFRA1:24.391:24.39130
19Odynski, ElisabethUSA1:24.701:24.70120
20Hookom, StaciaUSA1:24.761:24.76110
21McKenna, LesleyGBR1:25.341:25.34100
22Cloutier, HélèneCAN1:27.261:27.2690
23Ott, LynnUSA1:27.271:27.2780
24Loo, AlexaCAN1:27.351:27.3570
25Charles, MichelleCAN1:28.081:28.0860
26Barclay, MelissaCAN1:29.681:29.6850
27Hengge, MadeleineUSA1:30.891:30.8945
28Bertrand, PauleCAN1:31.581:31.5840
29Cetera, ClairUSA1:32.251:32.2536
30Haeggloef, ApriliaSWE1:34.881:34.8832
31O’Connor, LeeNZE1:35.801:35.8028
32Ritter, AdryanUSA1:37.031:37.0326
33Aanestad, EmilyUSA1:37.121:37.1224
34Prefontaine, NicoleUSA1:38.101:38.1022
35Whalen, LindseyUSA1:42.601:42.6020

Did not Start
34Gorgone, MichelleUSA
35Nodine, EmilyUSA

Did not Finish
15Van Ert, SondraUSA
26Dobrezelewski, AndreaUSA
27Tible, AurelieFRA

Timing by SWATCH