Austrian snowboarder Andreas Prommegger cruises to victory in Saturday's World Cup Parallel Giant Slalom in La Molina, Spain. (photo: FIS/Oliver Kraus)

Kummer and Prommegger Win PGS in La Molina

La Molina, Spain – Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland, and Austria’s Andreas Prommegger have won Saturday’s parallel Snowboard World Cup races in La Molina, giving each a comfortable lead in the Parallel World Cup ranking before entering the season’s final parallel giant slalom in Valmalenco, Italy this Saturday.

Kummer, the 2009 PGS World Championships Bronze medalist, has accumulated a total of 6,040 points, 860 points ahead of Amelie Kober of Germany. Kober, however, finished Saturday’s race in second place and still has a theoretical chance to challenge Kummer in the race for the Crystal Globe. Third place on Saturday went to Swiss rider Julie Zogg, who edged out teammate Fraenzi Maegert-Kohli.

“Before this race, everyone said that the PGS would be my weaker discipline,” who recorded her season’s fifth World Cup victory but her first ever in PGS on Saturday. “But I was always fast in the training sessions and knew that I could do it. Now, it’s even better to win as it’s getting essential.

“I never put myself under pressure,” she added. “I just said to myself, ‘if it happens it happens. If not, not.’ However, still everything is possible. So, I’m going to ride the final race and enjoy it.”

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Austrian snowboarder Andreas Prommegger cruises to victory in Saturday's World Cup Parallel Giant Slalom in La Molina, Spain. (photo: FIS/Oliver Kraus)
Austrian snowboarder Andreas Prommegger cruises to victory in Saturday's World Cup Parallel Giant Slalom in La Molina, Spain. (photo: FIS/Oliver Kraus)

On the men’s side, Prommegger, who beat Switzerland’s Simon Schoch in Saturday’s men’s final, is some 620 points ahead of Roland Fischnaller of Italy, who lost the Yellow Leader Bib to Prommegger due to an early out in the first round of the top 16. World Cup title defender and currently third-ranked rider, Benjamin Karl of Austria, crossed the finish line ahead of his fellow countryman Lukas Mathies in the small final to round out the podium but lose his chance to intercede the duel for the 2012 title with a total of 5,480 points.

The door to the World Cup title is now wide open,” said Prommegger, “b ut you don’t get any presents in the World Cup. The field is way too strong.”

OFFICIAL RESULTS
LG Snowboard FIS World Cup
La Molina, Spain – Mar. 10, 2012
Parallel Giant Slalom

Women:

Rank Bib Name Year Nation Points
 1  6 KUMMER Patrizia 1987 SUI  1000.00
 2  11 KOBER Amelie 1987 GER  800.00
 3  16 ZOGG Julie 1992 SUI  600.00
 4  2 MAEGERT- KOHLI Fraenzi 1982 SUI  500.00
 5  8 KREINER Marion 1981 AUT  450.00
 6  5 RIEGLER Claudia 1973 AUT  400.00
 7  14 TUDEGESHEVA Ekaterina 1987 RUS  360.00
 8  7 KARSTENS Anke 1985 GER  320.00
 9  12 DUJMOVITS Julia 1987 AUT  290.00
 10  15 MESCHIK Ina 1990 AUT  260.00
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Men:

Rank Bib Name Year Nation Points
 1  16 PROMMEGGER Andreas 1980 AUT  1000.00
 2  13 SCHOCH Simon 1978 SUI  800.00
 3  5 KARL Benjamin 1985 AUT  600.00
 4  1 MATHIES Lukas 1991 AUT  500.00
 5  18 FLUETSCH Kaspar 1986 SUI  450.00
 6  30 LAUSEGGER Andreas 1985 AUT  400.00
 7  8 GRABNER Siegfried 1975 AUT  360.00
 8  17 WALDER Ingemar 1978 AUT  320.00
 9  9 VEITH Manuel 1985 AUT  290.00
 10  29 SHIBA Masaki 1986 JPN  260.00

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