On February 8, it's time for the race boarders to strap in again and fight for some precious points in the race for the Crystal Globe when the 2013 FIS Snowboard World Cup season's fourth parallel event takes place. The parallel giant slalom in Slovenia also marks a first as Rogla, so far a well-known Europa Cup organiser, will celebrate its debut as a World Cup host.
As a result, the ski resort southwest of Maribor will become the second ever World Cup host of the mid-European republic. Before, parallel races had been staged only in Maribor in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
According to this, local Organisers are looking forward to their winter season's highlight. Especially as local hero Rok Marguc (SLO), who calls Rogla his home mountain, claimed the parallel slalom World Championships title in Canada about two weeks ago.
And back then, he already said: “I'm happy to travel as World Champion to the next Parallel World Cup stop which takes place in my home resort at Rogla.”
Besides Marguc, also the other riders who had grabbed Gold, Silver and Bronze at the last worlds – except of PGS World Champion Isabella Laboeck (GER) who is curing her right heel – will be at site featuring the likes of Benjamin Karl (AUT), Roland Fischnaller (ITA), Justin Reiter (USA) and Vic Wild (RUS).
On the women's side, fans in Rogla can be psyched to see Amelie Kober (GER), Julia Dujmovits (AUT), Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) and Patrizia Kummer (SUI) racing for victory on the “Jasa” slope.
For further information on the Rogla World Cup click here.
Time schedule Parallel Giant Slalom World Cup Rogla, Slovenia – all local times:
Friday, February 8: PGS re-run format
Qualification w/m at 9 AM
Finals w/m at 12:30 PM