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Austrian double win at alpine snowboard World Cup opener


Ina Meschik (AUT) and Benjamin Karl (AUT) - winners of the Carezza PGS WC

Ina Meschik (AUT) and Benjamin Karl (AUT) - winners of the Carezza PGS WC


Ina Meschik (AUT) and Benjamin Karl (AUT) have claimed victory in this season's first event of the alpine snowboard World Cup tour which saw the top-4 qualifiers of both, women and men, dominating the knock out rounds staged in the single run format.


While Meschik earned her career's first in the parallel giant slalom race organised on the Pra di Tori slope of Carezza (ITA), it was the 15th triumph for four-time world champion Karl.


Meschik edged off second best qualifier Ester Ledecka (CZE) to the second rank in a heart-beat finale securing victory with an advantage of only 0.07 seconds.


“Of course I'm very happy as this was my first ever World Cup victory,” Meschik said. “It was a great day, everything worked out well. I did an awesome job during the trainings, and I was able to keep the momentum. Now, I'm looking forward to the parallel slalom in Cortina.”


Alena Zavarzina (RUS) rounded out the podium as third crossing the finish line only 0.02 seconds ahead of 2014 Olympic PSL champion Julia Dujmovits (AUT).


In the men's event, things weren't getting as tight as in the women's finals with Karl beating top qualifier Andrey Sobolev (RUS) in the big finals with a comfortable lead of 0.45 seconds bringing home his first victory since Carezza 2011.


My last World Cup win dates back some five years, and it was right here on this slope in Carezza. Now, I'm back. This is great. During today's inspection I noticed right away that the conditions and the course setting would play into my hands. It was an incredible race,” Karl stated.


When I was at the start for the big final, I had nothing to lose. I went all in, and it worked out fine. I'm extremely happy,” he added also hoping to keep the momentum for Saturday.


I haven't found the right set-up for the psl yet but with the win here in the back, I think I can be able to earn another good result in Cortina.”


Alpine snowboard overall World Cup title defender Radoslav Yankov (BUL), who was last season's winner at Carezza, took third therefore preventing the first ever Korean snowboard World Cup podium in history since 2007, and the first one ever of a male snowboarder from Korea.


However, fourth-ranked Sang-ho Lee, the 2015 PGS junior world champion, became the first ever Korean race boarder to reach a small final on the World Cup tour.


The alpine snowboard World Cup tour will continue in two days with a parallel slalom staged under the lights in Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA).



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20 minutes ago, Gianlu33 said:

Congrats :p


See that the 15 years old Sadowski is in 9th place :woot: 


Well, this is "only" the qualifications, but still 96.0 points is huge ! and it´s not that there were some unknown names competing, there in fact all the best in the world actually competing, so wow. i know she is good, but 96.0 wow. respect Klaudia, very well done. thumbs up :cheer:



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Brockhoff and Kearney secure win in nerve-racking Montafon snowboard cross opener

The Montafon SBX course provided some thriling heats - as always


Belle Brockhoff (AUS) and Hagen Kearney (USA) have triumphed in a thrilling and exciting snowboard cross World Cup opener staged at Montafon (AUT) today which delivered tons of moments which make boarder cross what it is – a stunning and unpredictable show.


Brockhoff, who had secured her first ever podium as third in the Silvretta Alps four years ago on the same slope, came out victorious of a tight battle in the women's final which featured several changes of the lead.


After a few back and forth manoeuvres the 23-year-old crossed the line first in a photo finish edging off Chloe Trespeuch (FRA) and Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) to the respective second and third rank. Last year's winner Nelly Moenne Loccoz had to settle for fourth.

However, the racer from down under had to play it smart to bring home her career's second:


I have seen how it was going over the last roller section, and I was just trying to stay on my board and wait for the right moment to make the move. I saw my opportunity over the jump and kind of went for it on the right side. That was a bit more flat so I had a bit more speed”, she said before adding:


The course has been challenging with the turns, that's were I had problems in the past. I had to stay patient as the most times I would just have gunned it which would make you lose speed. It's always learning. It was a fun day of racing.”


While Brockhoff had the right end of an exciting duel Chloe Trespeuch missed her second triumph by a blink of the eye. However, the reigning French champion was still OK with the result:

“I'm really happy with the race. We had a lot of action with the other girls. It's been a good day. It might have been bitter sweet being edged off so close but that's the game.”


Historic re-run brings career's first for Kearney


While the women got the podium decision done straight in their final, over in the men's event, it took Race Organisers two attempts to finally determine the winner.


After Omar Visintin had already started to celebrate a perfect start to the new season, riders and spectators at site got informed that the final heat had to be re-run due to a gate malfunction for Alex Pullin (AUS).


In the end, it was Hagen Kearney, who had never podiumed before, who had the best nerves and kept the momentum of his strong start performances also winning the hole shot in the re-run final – just like he did in all of his heats before – to finally bring home a small lead over Visintin and Pullin with 2016 X Games Gold medallist Jarryd Hughes (AUS) missing out the podium as fourth.


I know nobody really wanted to go back up there and race again, so I figured I had to have the edge on everybody. I wanted to do this again.


Every time is different. But today, I was full on and ready to go as much as I needed to. I knew it would be a top course to pass so I gave everything I had in the start,” said Kearney who had been pumped for his runner-up finish before the first time in history a snowboard cross big final had to be re-run.


In the second run of the finals, I knew they were going for the inside turns again, so I went even closer than in the first final where I got caught. I felt the heat, and that was it. I can't believe it. I just won, it's insane.”


While Kearney capitalised on the technical problems at the start which led to the re-start of the final heat, it was Omar Visintin coming off the wrong end losing the win he already had had in his hand.


When I came down the first final, I was so stoked and relieved. And then at the start of the re-run, I was the one who could only lose. That was hard. But I tried the best and I got second. That's OK. Hagen [Kearney] rode well, and he deserved a good result,” he said before adding:


If the gate opens later, it opens later. A re-run is just fair though. Now I'm second which is a good start to the season anyway. Back in 2014, when I won my World Cup title, I started the season with a runner-up finish, too. Maybe it's a good sign.”


At least a good sign, that riders were happy with the jury decision which was forced by the Australian team.


I got held in the gate but it was weird. I couldn't really tell if I was fully held, so I kept going in the run but I had the feeling that my start wasn't really good. When I came to the bottom I asked to see the start again but they already informed me that the coaches had asked for a re-run already as the gate didn't drop,” recalled Pullin the historical situation.


The second final was also tough as I went side by side with Hagen [Kearney] from the start. I let him take the low line and chased him into turn two and had a lot more speed. But then he closed the gap and then things got super close.


It was a course where you cannot think about what happens but you just have to go for it. I made the podium which is good, and I'm happy for Hagen [Kearney] and his first win. I'm happy to start the season with a podium,” the two-time world champion said.


With the ski cross specialists taking over the course on the Seebliga/Hochjoch tomorrow the snowboard cross athletes return to the scene for this season's first team event on Sunday December 18 at 12 PM CET with the finals starting at 1:25 PM CET.


The next stop of the snowboard cross World Cup tour is slated to take place in Solitude (USA), host of the 2019 sbx world championships races, where an individual race and a team event are on the agenda from January 19 to 22, 2017.



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Kim and Burgener dominate high-class Copper Mountain halfpipe event

Patrick Burgener (SUI) celebrates his first win alongside 3rd ranked Chase Josey (USA) and 2nd rankd teammate Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI)


Chloe Kim (USA) and Patrick Burgener (SUI) have claimed victory in the 2016-17 season's first halfpipe World Cup event staged at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix tour stop in Copper Mountain, CO.


Facing strong snow fall which made it hard for the boys to land five big hits in the Main Vein superpipe, Kim nailed her third podium and second win in her third World Cup appearance while Burgener earned his career's first in a super tight battle with his teammate Iouri Podladtchikov.


The 2014 Olympic Gold medallist from Switzerland had led the top-10 qualifiers after run 2 of the three-run, best one count final with a score of 96.00 before Burgener edged him off the top spot scoring a 96.25 as second to last to drop in stomping a run which included a frontside 1080, to cab 1080 double cork, frontside 900, backside 360 and the first ever switch backside double to finish things off.


“I never thought I could pull of the switch backside double 1080 here in this conditions. But I wanted to win, that was my wish. Being in the finals with four teammates gave me the power to win. It's crazy,” Burgener said.


The 22-year-old therefore ruined Podladtchikov's chance for a victory lap.

The 2013 world champion and last to drop in went all in but couldn't quite make it with a 95.75 finally finishing the event in the runner-up position – despite a 96.00 for his back-to-back 900's, back-to-back double corks and a final alley oop backside rodeo.


I mean I feel great. I can't believe Pat [Burgener] put that one down. It brought me in a weird position as I was getting ready to have a victory lap, and then I was 'oh'! But that was amazing. He sent it, he deserved it,” the man known as iPod lauded his friend.


Chase Josey rounded out the podium as third with a 93.75 and therefore as best of four US riders who had made the qualifier cut.


Kim with an incredible podium streak of three out of three


Podium Women HP WC Copper Mt with 3rd Xuetong Cai (CHN), 1st Chloe Kim (USA) and 2nd Jiayu Liu (CHN)


In the women's competition, Kim prevented a Chinese 1-2 punch with a strong performance in run 2 which consisted of a method to frontside 900, mctwist and back-to-back 720's and was awarded with a 95.50.


“I'm super stoked. I'm glad that I was able to put some runs down in these kind of snowy conditions. I had to make some adjustments to my run, and it's hard to mentally ignore the snow or the fact that your snowboard is going slower than it usually does,” Kim commented.


The 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games double gold medallist relegated Jiayu Liu (91.00) and reigning world champion Xuetong Cai (89.25) to the respective second and third rank.


The snowboard freestyle World Cup tour continues with the finals of this season's fourth big air event which will take place in Copper Mountain tomorrow at 12:30 PM LOC (8:30 PM CET).



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Ledecka and Sobolev triumph in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Andrey Sobolev (RUS, right) beats Roland Fischnaller (ITA) in a heartbeat final in the night parallel slalom Cortina d'Ampezzo


Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Andrey Sobolev (RUS) have claimed victory in the 2016-17 alpine snowboard World Cup tour's first parallel slalom which was staged in a single run format and under the lights in the famous ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA).


The Czech and the Russian racer, both dedicated with 2015 world championships titles, stepped up their game after losing the World Cup openers big finals two days ago therefore taking over the lead in the alpine snowboard overall World Cup ranking.


Ledecka, the only athlete to compete on both, the snowboard and alpine World Cup tour, held the upper hand in the women's final over Austrian racer Daniela Ulbing bringing home her career's seventh win.


“It was a great race, I really liked the course and the setting. This evening was magic. I'm happy that I was here, and winning was a great bonus,” she said with a smile.


Defeated Daniela Ulbing was also more than happy despite missing her first ever win due to a riding mistake. In the end, 18-year-old up-and-coming talent secured her career's best World Cup result with her first podium in her tenth appearance.


I'm very pleased with the race. Today, everything finally worked out - just like I wished. I'm super happy about my first podium. Maybe that's why I can't really say anything else,” the second-best qualifier stated.


Local favourite Nadya Ochner (ITA) did once again well on the Tondi slope adding a third rank to her last year's second place finish.


Sobolev with redemption


Over in the men's event, Sobolev edged off Italy's national hero and last year's second placed rider Roland Fischnaller to the runner-up position with the tiny mere of 0.08 seconds therefor celebrating the best possible redemption for his last year's performance when he had missed finals clearly as 29th:


“Today, I feel absolutely great. I really wanted to get redemption from last year. I did the best and won. I'm feeling great.”


And also Fischnaller – although beaten super close – had all reasons to feel great in front of a stellar home crowd as it was the 36-year-old veteran's 30th career podium finish:


“I'm very pleased with the result especially as it is my career's 30th. I did a small mistake in the transition to the flat, that's why I came in just a little bit too late to snatch the win. But that's OK, I'm pleased finishing on the podium.”


Carezza winner Benjamin Karl (AUT) rounded out the podium as third.


The alpine snowboard World Cup tour will now take a break over the festive season returning in Bad Gastein (AUT) on January 10 and 11, 2017, where the second parallel slalom and first parallel slalom team event are slated to take place.



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9 minutes ago, dcro said:

You'd think it's hard to be the snowboarding champion and competitive alpine racer at the same time, but that's not hard for Ledecka apparently!


oh it´s definitely not easy at all :d it´s just Ester is a crazy sports talent, I´m pretty sure she would be great in any sport she would hvae chosen, she is a pure natural talent :)

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