Two more alpine snowboarding junior world champions were decided today in the parallel slalom (PSL) at Snow Park NZ with Russia’s Dimitry Bazanov and Sabine Schoeffmann of Austria taking out the male and female titles respectively
It was another highly competitive day of racing with conditions perfect compared to yesterday’s blizzards. A cold night set up well for hard, fast course for the 70 athletes taking part.
Bazanov said he came to New Zealand to win – his first goal was to win yesterday’s giant slalom, a dream that was shattered when he fell. Today he was in the finals against yesterday’s newly crowned world champion, Edwin Coratti of Italy. After the first run he got a delay penalty but managed to overtake Coratti in the final gates, securing the world championship title. Johann Stefaner (AUT) took the final place on the men’s podium in third.
“I wanted to win yesterday and it still doesn’t feel real that I am now world champion,” he said. “Edwin was a really strong racer but I knew, even with the time penalty I could beat him and I did – I’m so happy!”
Photo: Russia’s Bazanov carves his way towards the World Title – Credit: Bel Jones
The women’s race was equally competitive with Schoeffmann narrowly winning by just three hundredths of a second over Switzerland’s Julie Zogg who also took silver in yesterday’s giant slalom. Ekatarina Khatomchenkova rounded out the podium with bronze.
Meghan Graham of Minnetonka, MN qualified sixth and led the U.S. Team in 13th in the parallel slalom. Steamboat’s Cassie Wagar, who led the USA in the parallel GS a day earlier, also made finals, finishing 16th.
“I had a lot of luck today and the other girls were really good,” said Shoeffmann. “I was really surprised to win as I thought I’d do better yesterday but instead I won today – it’s a really great feeling to be world champion!”
The PSL ended the week of competition for the alpine riders at an innovative World Junior Championships that combined freestyle skiing and snowboarding for the first time. The remaining FIS Junior World Championship action moves to Cardrona Alpine Resort tomorrow for the ski cross, starting at 10:00am with finals scheduled for 12 noon.
2010 Snowboard Junior World Championships – Parallel Slalom
1. Dmitriy Bazanov, Russia
2. Edwin Coratti, Italy
3. Johann Stefaner, Austria
4. Darren Gardner, Canada
5. Ivan Rantchev, Bulgaria
19. Hunter Murphy, Deephaven, MN
28. Mack Joyce, Laconia, NH
1. Sabine Schoeffman, Austria
2. Julie Zogg, Switzerland
3. Ekaterina Khatomchenkova, Russia
4. Maria Sitzenfrei, Austria
5. Stefanie Mueller, Switzerland
13. Meghan Graham, Minnetonka, MN
16. Cassie Wagar, Steamboat Springs, CO