Bulgaria's Radoslav Yankov poses with Russia's Alena Zavarzina and her overall World Cup Crystal Globe in Kayseri, Turkey on Sunday. (photo: Miha Matavz/FIS)

Ledecka and Prommegger Win Season’s Last PGS

Erciyes-Kayseri, Turkey – Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic and Austria’s Andreas Prommegger came out on top in the 2016-17 Snowboard World Cup season’s final PGS, which was successfully staged on Sunday in Erciyes-Kayseri, Turkey.

Organizers were force to postpone the race until Sunday, after thick fog enveloped the course midway through the competition on Saturday.

The competition finally resumed on Sunday with the quarter finals under a blue bird sky with the reigning PSL world champion underlining her claim on another gold medal at the upcoming world championships which will take place in Sierra Nevada, Spain, March 7 to 19. In a close women’s final, Ledecka edged out Japan’s Tomoka Takeuchi by a mere 0.03 secondsto claim her career’s ninth victory.

“It was a great race, although yesterday was pretty tough. But that’s nature,” said Ledecka. “But his way, it was interesting with the race taking place on two different days. It was a new experience. I happy that I have another good result. It was a good training for Sierra Nevada. I’m looking forward to competing at the world championships.”

Germany’s Ramona Hofmeister rounded out the podium in third after defeating Austrian champion Daniela Ulbing in the small final. Alena Zavarzina of Russia secured her career’s first Crystal Globe by clinching the overall parallel snowboard title.

“The delay yesterday and re-scheduling of the race was very stressful for me as I was going for the Crystal Globe and didn’t have much of an advantage [on Patrizia Kummer],” acknowledged Zavarzina. “This waiting situation was nerve-wracking. It was like the worst day of my life. I tried to make the best of the situation but almost puked this morning after breakfast. But I kept going. It was dramatic, I was hoping to finish on the podium in the last race. I was waiting for this moment, and of course I’m happy and very proud. It was my goal ever since I started my career. It definitely took away the stress prior to the World Champs.”

In the men’s event, Sang-ho Lee and Bo-gun Choi secured South Korea’s first medals ever in an alpine snowboard World Cup event, finishing a respective second and third behind Prommegger, who celebrated a back-to-back win after his victory in the Olympic test event in South Korea three weeks ago.

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“It’s been two pretty tough days. They tried to finish the race yesterday but it wasn’t possible due to the sleet,” Prommegger commented. “But yeah, I’m really happy. I won here last year, and I was able to pull of this feat again. It was pretty close but I’m very relieved. Of course, the focus is on the World Champs now but the overall World Cup ranking is also one thing I’m going for.”

With his 15th career win, Prommegger took over the lead in the parallel overall World Cup standings from Radoslav Yankov of Bulgaria, who finished 17th on Sunday but claimed the PGS World Cup title.

Bulgaria's Radoslav Yankov poses with Russia's Alena Zavarzina and their overall World Cup Crystal Globe in Kayseri, Turkey on Sunday. (photo: Miha Matavz/FIS)
Bulgaria’s Radoslav Yankov poses with Russia’s Alena Zavarzina and their overall World Cup Crystal Globe in Kayseri, Turkey on Sunday. (photo: Miha Matavz/FIS)

The alpine snowboard World Cup tour will wrap up with the final parallel slalom and a parallel slalom team event slated to take place in Winterberg, Germany, from March 17 to 19. Before then, however, the 12th FIS Snowboard World Championships are next up for the raceboarders with the PGS medal decisions scheduled for March 14 and PSL on March 15 in Sierra Nevada.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS
FIS Snowboard World Cup
Erciyes-Kayseri, Turkey – Mar. 5, 2017

Women’s PGS

Rank Name Nation Result FIS Points WC Points
 1 LEDECKA Ester CZE  1000.00  1000.00
 2 TAKEUCHI Tomoka JPN  800.00  800.00
 3 HOFMEISTER Ramona Theresia GER  600.00  600.00
 4 ULBING Daniela AUT  DSQ  500.00  500.00
 5 RIEGLER Claudia AUT  DSQ  450.00  450.00
 6 ZAVARZINA Alena RUS  400.00  400.00
 7 KUMMER Patrizia SUI  360.00  360.00
 8 GONG Naiying CHN  320.00  320.00
 9 MUELLER Stefanie SUI  DNF  290.00  290.00
 10 ZOGG Julie SUI  DSQ  260.00  260.00

Men’s PGS

Rank Name Nation Result FIS Points WC Points
 1 PROMMEGGER Andreas AUT  1000.00  1000.00
 2 LEE Sang-ho KOR  800.00  800.00
 3 CHOI Bo-gun KOR  600.00  600.00
 4 KIM Sang-kyum KOR  500.00  500.00
 5 BORMOLINI Maurizio ITA  450.00  450.00
 6 TRAPP Michael USA  400.00  400.00
 7 SOBOLEV Andrey RUS  360.00  360.00
 8 FELICETTI Mirko ITA  320.00  320.00
 9 CAVIEZEL Dario SUI  290.00  290.00
 10 KARL Benjamin AUT  260.00  260.00

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