Amelie Kober and Benjamin Karl win first parallel LG Snowboard World Cup of season

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 12, 2009 12:54 pm

The top favorites claimed victory in the first parallel race of the 2010 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season. The winners of the first 2009/2010 snowboard World Cup didn’t come as a huge surprise. Parallel slalom favorites Amelie Kober of Germany and Benjamin Karl of Austria claimed the top spots at the only indoor race of this season’s tour. For the ladies, Australia’s Johanna Shaw claimed silver and Austrian Claudia Riegler took the bronze. For the men, Frenchman Mathieu Bozzetto took silver and longtime veteran (and all-around nice guy) Canadian Jasey Jay Anderson finished third.

The winners weren’t strangers to the SnowWorld Landgraaf (NED) podium. Last year Karl also claimed the win, and Kober won in 2006 and 2007. For Karl, however, this year’s victory wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. Runner-up Bozzetto put in several solid runs, in spite of just returning to competition after a year-long hiatus. “I knew that I wouldn’t have a chance if I would go on riding like I did in the first rounds,” Karl said. “So I took over his (Bozzetto’s) line for the finals and took some wider turns around the gates. That worked out very well. I have to thank him.” 

photo: FIS