Thrills and spills in the parallel slalom at the World Championships in Bakuriani, Georgia on Tuesday (21 February) made for an exciting day with Switzerland’s Julie Zogg bagging gold in the women’s event to claim her second world title and Austrian icon Andreas Prommegger, topping the men’s edition to claim a third world’s best title, with Canadian Arnaud Gaudet claiming his first ever World Cup / World Champs Podium, taking third place.
Prommegger, 42, slayed team-mate and slalom specialist Auner in the big final by 0.44s but the 26-year-old was happy to come away with a first ever world medal. Austria just missed out on a 1-2-3 when Fabian Obmann was bested by Arnaud Gaudet in the small final, the Canadian throwing himself into the crowd in delight after claiming his nation’s first men's parallel snowboard medal since Jasey-Jay Anderson won gold, and Matthew Morison, bronze, in PGS at the 2009 World Championships in Gangwon, South Korea.
A return to the World Cup tour post championships sees the Livigno (ITA) races cancelled, but events in Rogla (SLO) on 15 March and Berchtesgaden (GER) on 18-19 March round out the season.
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