Mont-Sainte-Anne/Quebec (Canada). The season’s third Parallel Slalom of the 2001/2002 Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup marked the last race in the year 2001 today at Mont-Sainte-Anne before everyone is leaving home for Christmas. Mathieu Bozzetto and Karine Ruby made it a French double.
Apart from the cold which was hard to stand for the riders when the sun had disappeared from the Belanger slope in the afternoon, the conditions have been perfect again for today’s race. Mathieu Bozzetto from France had already set the pace with a first place finish in the qualification. In the finals he knocked out Austria’s Andreas Prommegger, won over his fellow countryman Mathieu Chiquet and won over Dejan Kosir from Slovenia in the semi finals who had knocked him out in the quarter finals yesterday. In the ultimate heat Bozzetto met Germany’s Mathias Behounek and opened up the gap by 1.48 seconds in the first run. Behounek tried to catch up in the second run and was the first to cross the finish line but Bozzetto stayed close and finally claimed the win with a total of 1.43 seconds. “When I got here this morning I really wanted to pull it together,” he said. “I haven’t done well yesterday, especially against Dejan, I kind of let the win disappear even without giving it a try. I was very disappointed last night since I knew I could have done better… that’s why I already pushed hard in the qualification and forced myself to use the right technic on this course which was super hard to ride. When I got this fixed I just needed to repeat it in every run ¿ it was like doing ‘copy’ and ‘paste’. I really wanted to push my limit instead of resigning if something was not working as planned. Even when I was behind, I still attacked and then worked it out. I liked the red course better and always tried to show my opponents that I was able to go fast.”
Behounek pulled second and was relieved: “I have been waiting for this for so long,” he said. “I’m still having some problems to sort things out but I just got to force myself to put in good riding today. The course was incredibly icy but this makes it equal conditions for everyone ¿ it stayed in good shape all the way through and even in the last run it was great. It was much more fair than the soft ones we had so far this season. My goal today was the win but I’m glad I went in second also.”
Kosir faced Swiss rider Philipp Schoch in the small final for third place and was ahead by 49 hundrets after the first run. Schoch tried hard to make it up and won the second run but he could not catch up with Kosir who claimed the bronze with a total gap of 34 hundrets. “I’m very happy with my results here,” he said, “I was just a bit disappointed in the race against Bozzetto since I almost got to catch him but then made a mistake. I’ll go home for Christmas now to charge the batteries and keep on early next year.” Schoch went fourth place.
Bozzetto is further leading the Parallel Slalom standings ahead of Sweden’s Daniel Biveson, fifth place today, and Kosir.
France’s Karine Ruby, second after the qualification, had always won both run about her rivals in the final, just until she met Germany’s Heidi Renoth for the final duel. In the first run they finished ex-equo so it was completely up to the second run to decide over gold and silver. Renoth then made a small mistake in the upper part of the course but pushed hard to make it up again and got close. A crash just a few gates before the finish made her lose it to Ruby. “Another win in Slalom but better this than nothing at all,” the latter said, reminding her sixth place in yesterday’s PGS. “I don’t like the snow if it’s hard like here, a little bit softer is much better for me. Also the cold did hurt a lot, I’m glad it’s done.”
Renoth claimed second place and liked it a lot: “It’s just great that both Metti and I got second today ¿ I was just informed about this when I got down to the finish. This is a consolation for yesterday wwhen we all didn’t do as good as we had planned. I like the Slalom much better and I feel more confident there. I still need to become more stable in PGS. I always put too much pressure on myself although I am already qualified for the Olympics. I hope I will pick that up for the races in January again.”
Heidi Krings and Carmen Ranigler from Italy met in the small final for third place and the Austrian took the bronze by winning both runs. “It’s a shame that six Austrian girls had made it to the finals and I was the only one to make the podium but I’m very happy with third place. It was great we didn’t have a soft slope again like in previous races so I was able to make it up even with bib number 29. I was good in training all the time but then didn’t do good in the races so I thought it would be time to do that before the end of the year…”Ruby is further leading the Parallel Slalom World Cup ahead of Renoth and Ranigler.
The riders head home from Christmas now. The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup will be continued from 08 thru 09 January in Arosa, Switzerland, featuring Parallel Giant Slalom and Halfpipe.
Mt Ste Anne, PSL Dec. 15th, 2001
Men Final Results
Women Final Results
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