Austrian Double in Parallel Slalom
Berchtesgaden (GER). The conditions have pretty much stayed the same as yesterday when the Parallel Slalom was held today as the last competition of the 2000 FIS Junior World Championships in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Andreas Prommegger and Nina Schlegel made it an Austrian double.
Further to the forecast the weather was not expected to be nice today but the organisers and participants of the Junior Worlds alike were lucky today on the Götschen since it only started to rain when the last Parallel Slalom duel was finished.Andreas Prommegger from Salzburg who had already claimed the title in the Parallel Giant Slalom the day before yesterday added another gold to his collection. Facing the Russian Dimitri Vaitkous in the final heat he got the first run under his belt by only 10 hundreds of a second but also triumphed in the second and won with a total of 65 hundreds of a second. “It’s unbelievable,” the Austrian said, “I know I am strong in slalom but it’s just great that I could take another one. It was very close with some riders at certain times and I’m glad that I made it. The slope was fine, pretty packed with just some soft snow on top so it was ok.” Vaitkous finished second and claimed the first-ever World Championship medal for Russia. “This is the very best for us,” the 18-year-old from St. Petersburg said, overwhelmed, “I’m so happy that I could do it. I had finished 15th only in the qualification but I was hoping to end up among the top five or four. It’s just perfect that I made it to second.” The two Germans Raphael Geisreiter and Christian Ernthaler faced each other in the duel for third place after having been beaten by Prommegger and Vaitkous in the semi final. Geisreither easily won the first run and could also beat his teammate in the second for a total advantage of 63 hundreds of a second. “After I have made it to the semi finals I really wanted to take the win,” the 18-year-old from Traunstein said, “the bronze is fine but I’m also a bit disappointed that I did not make it to the final duel. In the semi final I won the first run against Prommegger but then crashed in the second and he went on to the fight for the gold, so it was my own fault. However, I’m happy that I got a medal.”
With a win in the womens’ race Nina Schlegel completed the Austrian double. She met Emmanuelle Duboc in the duel for gold and won both runs against the French. After having won the bronze in the Parallel Giant Slalom two days ago, she also took her second podium this weekend. “It went so much better today,” she said, “third in the PGS was fine for me but a win really is something different. It’s just great, and with Andi also getting a victory again, there’s probably some party going on tonight…” Duboc took the silver medal and was happy too: “This is super,” the 19-year-old from the Pyrenees, “I did not expect me to do that good at all when I got here… The longer the race was on today, the stronger I became. When I was third after the qualifications I definitely wanted to make it a good one but I set new goals from heat to heat. It was so good. Her teammate Julie Pomagalski, PGS Junior World Champion, faced Czech rider Zuzana Vojtechova in the duel for thirs place and won with a total of 10 hundreds of a second. “I was so tired,” the French said, “but the bronze is fine for me and it’s not too bad that I missed the finals since it was another French who made it instead.”
The 2000 FIS Snowboard Junior Worlds were concluded with the official closing ceremony today at the Götschen.