Anke Karstens (GER) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) have clinched the FIS Snowboard World Cup season's fifth and thus penultimate parallel giant slalom race.
In La Molina, Spain, Karstens was able to celebrate her career's second edging off Marion Kreiner (AUT) in the women's final – despite an ankle injury suffered before the last race staged in Arosa, Switzerland.
“I haven't realised yet what just happened. I tore my ligament in my left ankle so there was no way to even think of anything like this entering the competition,” said Karstens
Although the 27-years-old racer from Bischofswiesen didn't feel any pain during the competition, she noticed the foot in this morning's warm up session.
“It was hurting as hell so I wasn't sure if I could start. But when I have a bib, I can't let go. I have to start.”
And it was the right decision. Almost to the date (March 15, 2008) and thus five year's after her career's first World Cup win, Karstens came out top again and thus made the battle for the World Cup Globes even more enthralling.
Because Patrizia Kummer (SUI) had the whip hand over Tomoka Takeuchi (JPN) in the battle for third, the 2013 PSL World Cup title winner thus made a huge step towards the title triple.
At the moment, Kreiner leads the PGS World Cup race again with 2,512 points and thus ahead of Kummer (2,480). However, the Swiss racer is in front in the battle for the Parallel Overall Crystal Globe with 4,170 points; Kreiner breaths down her neck with 3,862 points.
During today's competition, the Swiss race board lady didn't even think of rankings and standings at all.
“I really don't have a clue how the World Cup standings look like. I just rode as you have to do so in every race. To start thinking what could happen doesn't really pay off. If I was able to extend my lead, fine for me,” noted Kummer.
Prommegger kills it in La Molina again
On the men's side, Andreas Prommegger already secured the PGS World Cup title with 3,660 points by winning his career's twelfth race today; and the third time in La Molina.
The 32-years came out first beating his fellow countryman Siegfried Grabner in the men's final staged on the very steep Cerdanya Catalunya slope featuring a total of 18 gates.
“It's nice to have secured the PGS World Cup title already. But the Overall Parallel title is event more important to me,” explained Prommegger who now enters the final race in Sierra Nevada on March 20 with a comfortable lead on his main pursuer in the battle for the big Crystal Globe.
The father of one has collected a total of 5,060 points while runner-up Roland Fischnaller (ITA) has 4,480 points.
“I was able to catch up and even take over the lead. But I never thought of that today. I was just trying to remember how much I like this hill. I just wanted to do well.”
Maybe that was the right attitude as Prommegger still remembers the tight World Cup decision of last season when he just made it to bring home his first Crystal Globe at the season's final race.
“It's just like last year when I was a little bit behind in the race for the Globe. In the end it became a super close decision. So, it's not over yet!”
Philipp Schoch (SUI) prevented a red-white-red podium sweep by crossing the finish line ahead of Benjamin Karl (AUT) in the small final thus celebrating his first top-3 results since Bad Gastein, December 2006.