Klug Wins Parallel GS In Italy

Kronplatz/Olang (Italy). The riders faced perfect conditions today for the third Parallel Giant Slalom of the 2000/2001 Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup at the Kronplatz. US rider Christopher J. Klug and Marion Posch from Italy took the wins on the Pre da Peres slope.

The Kronplatz has always been a nice venue with good conditions and a lot of sunshine. Most of the riders seemed to recall that: with a total of 188 entries more riders have signed on for the race since the past three years. US rider Christopher J. Klug who is back this season after a liver transplantation in summer made it his race today and finally claimed the gold and – a “Ducati Monster Dark”.

“Someone else need to ride it now since I’m too tired,” he said, “it was a perfect timing for me going into the World Championships. I’ve been riding pretty good parallel all season – I just haven’t sort it out strong enough mentally to make it further on so far and that’s the key to this event. It’s pretty hard to win because you have to make nine runs in total, and eight of them in the finals need to be really aggressive. That was my goal today, eight consistent runs which was hard work but I’m stoked, it was just perfect.”

Gilles Jaquet from Switzerland has taken the lead in the first run of the final duel against Klug but the American attacked in the second run and Jaquet finished second. “I was happy when I made it to the finals since you don’t expect that automatically with bib number 51 but the course stayed pretty good and it was a nice one,” he said, “the course remained pretty hard and that was a big advantage, it was done well. I just came here with regard to the qualification for the Olympics, I’m usually riding ISF races, and I think it was good to show that the Swiss need to be considered.”

His fellow countryman Ueli Kestenholz faced Markus Ebner from Germany in the small final and won both runs for third place. “I did not believe that I was able to make it to the finals with bib number 111. I made a little mistake when I raced against Chris in the semi finals so maybe I could have moved up even more but third place is fine. I’m glad I proved that I was able to do it even coming from a late start in the qualifications.”

Markus Ebner looked strong but finally had to leave it with Kestenholz. “Maybe there was even more potential for me, he said, “I just made a mistake in one out of the two runs in almost every heat. However, I’m really happy with fourth. If I remember two years ago it should have been my day today (in 1999 he won the last World Cup race before he became Giant Slalom World Champion) but today’s result really motivates for the World Championships next week. It was so much fun racing with these super conditions – it could not have been any better. The slope was perfectly prepared and I don’t think we ever had such great course conditions after so many riders have raced it, it was just great.”

Nicolas Huet from France who was knocked out by Ebner in the quarter finals is further leading the standings. Slovenian Dejan Kosir, who was beaten by Klug in the same round, sits in second place ahead of Mathieu Bozzetto who lost both runs against Kestenholz in the round of 16.

Marion Posch, Carmen Ranigler and Lidia Trettel made it an Italian triple for the first time in the womens’ race. Posch, usually more specialized in Slalom, did not belong to the number one contenders but however claimed the win today and the motorbike also. “This slope always fit me a lot,” she said, “two years ago I won the Slalom here so I really like this hill. My fans have been around, my sister and my nephew – all this gave me a lot of motivation. When I was at the start in the final run I just wanted to fight until the very end and it paid off. Having the second motorbike after the Harley two years ago I think I will work on my driver’s license next spring…”

Ranigler was going especially for that bike also and was a bit disappointed that she could not get it finally. “Second place is a good results,” she said, “but I was 31 hundrets ahead after the first run against Marion so it really is a shame that I could not work it out. I also would have loved to get the motorbike – so maybe I will need buy one now.” Lidia Trettel could beat France’s Karine Ruby for third place when the French, leading by 19 hundrets after the first run, made a mistake in the second.

Ruby is further leading the standings ahead of Ranigler and US rider Rosey Fletcher who was knocked out by Trettel in the quarter finals today.

Halfpipe is scheduled for tomorrow.

NOKIA SNOWBOARD FIS WORLD CUP
Kronplatz, ITA – Jan. 17th, 2001
Parallel Giant Slalom

Final Results MenRank NAME NAT
Final
1 KLUG Christopher J USA 1000
2 JAQUET Gilles SUI 800
3 KESTENHOLZ Ueli SUI 600
4 EBNER Markus GER 500
5 RICHARDSSON Richard SWE 450
6 STADLER Felix AUT 400
7 KOSIR Dejan SLO 360
8 HUET Nicolas FRA 320
9 EBENBAUER Werner AUT 290
10 KRASSNIG Dieter AUT 260
11 BOZZETTO Mathieu FRA 240
12 FEICHTER Walter ITA 220
13 BIVESON Daniel SWE 200
14 FISCHNALLER Roland ITA 180
15 ANDERSON Jasey Jay CAN 160
16 KALTSCHUETZ Stefan AUT 150
Qualifications
17 COPP Stephen SWE 27.7 140
18 PROMMEGGER Andreas AUT 27.73 130
19 RABANSER Georg ITA 27.78 120
20 CHIQUET Mathieu FRA 27.8 110
20 MUTSCHLECHNER Hannes ITA 27.8 110
22 GREENWOOD Jeff USA 27.87 90
23 SEGURA Christophe FRA 27.89 80
23 SAMMER Klaus AUT 27.89 80
25 POGUE Anton USA 27.9 60
26 ASPMAN Jonas SWE 28.08 50
27 MACOMBER Peter USA 28.09 45
27 EISELIN Urs SUI 28.09 45
29 BEHOUNEK Mathias GER 28.14 36
30 SMITH Adam N USA 28.32 32
31 CUSINI Gerardo ITA 28.34 28
32 GATTO Federico ITA 28.38 26
33 FLANDER Rok SLO 28.4 24
34 VAITKOUS Dimitri RUS 28.41 22
35 TSURUOKA Kentaro JPN 28.42 20
36 ROLLAND Xavier FRA 28.45 18
37 GRUENER Lukas AUT 28.51 16
38 CHALMERS Darren CAN 28.53 14
39 PRICE Ian USA 28.57 12
40 ERLACHER Meinhard ITA 28.62 11
41 SACHOT Guillaume FRA 28.66 10
42 WEDDING Ryan CAN 28.67 9
43 IDESHEIM Maxence FRA 28.69 8
44 BARONE PITSCHEIDER ITA 28.73 7
45 GRUETTER Andre SUI 28.74 6
46 SETTELE Christian GER 28.75 5
47 GREBENCHARSKI B. BUL 28.77 4
47 WALDER Harald AUT 28.77 4
49 JANBROERS Mark NED 28.8 2
50 NANTERMOD Guillaume SUI 28.83 1
51 SALVATI Simone ITA 28.89
52 KAITALA Janne FIN 28.94
53 SYLVESTRE Jerome CAN 28.95
54 BORMOLINI Matteo ITA 28.97
55 BOURGAULT Thomas FRA 29.09
56 STEGGALL Zeke AUS 29.12
57 FONT Jordi SPA 29.2
58 EHRENTHALLER C. GER 29.24
59 NUUTTILA Mikko FIN 29.37
60 PITKALA Antti-Jussi FIN 29.4
61 CHATZIKYRIAKAKIS M. GRE 29.48
62 SALASSA Guido ITA 29.52
63 DETKOV Denis RUS 29.54
64 NIEDERSTAETTER Kurt ITA 29.72
65 GEISREITER Raphael GER 30.01
66 MERMILLOD Olivier FRA 30.13
67 ZARANDY Andras HUN 30.15
68 GEORGOV A. BUL 30.17
69 CIP Antonin CZE 30.4
70 VERLINDEN Peter NED 30.57
70 WARREN Eric USA 30.57
72 SITARZ Marcin POL 31
73 BRUZEK Viktor CZE 31.12
74 PETROV Atanas Petrov BUL 31.74
75 SAELL Anders SWE 31.86
76 GALLI Rudy ITA 31.94
77 HEUTEN Emmanuel BEL 31.97
78 KILDEVAELD Mike DAN 32.05
79 PETRUNAK Marek SVK 32.07
80 LOPEZ Mariano ARG 32.26
81 SCHOENMAKE
RS Paul NED 32.86
82 GILLINGS Jon GBR 33.04
83 MINA Jondre PHI 33.29
84 TRIPODAKIS Dimitrios GRE 34.63
85 COUTO Alair BRA 39.35
MAIER Alexander AUT DSQ
STAROWICZ Lukasz POL DSQ
FEICTHER Arno ITA DSQ
KNAFELJ Tomaz SLO DNF
SCHOCH Philipp SUI DNF
COSNIER Charlie FRA DNF
SCHOCH Simon SUI DNF
ZERPELLONI Walter ITA DNF
UNTERKOFLER Gerhard AUT DNF
VAUGHAN David CAN DNF
FAWCETT Mark CAN DNF
THORNDIKE Peter USA DNF
MORUZZI Riccardo BRA DNF
WALDER Ingemar AUT DNF
LIEN Alex NOR DNF
GOTO Tomoki JPN DNF
LIGOCKI Mateusz POL DNF
LAYER Michael GER DNF
STANIK Roman SVK DNF
FLETCHER John AUS DNF
ZEZIN Denis RUS DNF
ALMEIDA C. BRA DNF
PALFRADER Gabriel ITA DNF
RAZINGER Klemen SLO DNS
CARVALHO JR. Jose BRA DNS
VON BOSIO Moritz ITA DNS
VOROS Matej SLO DNS

Women
1 POSCH Marion ITA 1000
2 RANIGLER Carmen ITA 800
3 TRETTEL Lidia ITA 600
4 RUBY Karine FRA 500
5 FLETCHER Rosey USA 450
6 MAIR EGGEN ITA 400
7 HOOKOM Stacia USA 360
7 BLANC Isabelle FRA 360
9 BRUHIN Ursula SUI 290
10 VON SIEBENTHAL SIEBENTHAL Steff SUI 260
11 SCHLEGEL Nina AUT 240
12 WINDAHL Aasa SWE 220
13 KALTIAINEN Anna FIN 200
14 RENOTH Heidi GER 180
15 FISCHER Sara SWE 160
16 HERBERT Birgit AUT 150
Qualifications
17 GUENTHER Doris AUT 31 140
18 KIRCHGASSER-PICHLE AUT 31.01 130
18 SEDOVA Jana SVK 31.01 130
20 ELSTEROVA Petra CZE 31.22 110
21 KOSGLOW Lisa D. USA 31.28 100
22 RIEGLER Manuela AUT 31.29 90
23 VAN ERT Sondra USA 31.33 80
24 ODYNSKI Elisabeth USA 31.48 70
25 REY Marjorie FRA 31.49 60
26 MARCZULAJTIS Jagna POL 31.63 50
27 LIVERS Nadia SUI 31.71 45
28 BARCLAY Melissa CAN 31.72 40
29 ZEDLACHER Isabel AUT 31.74 36
30 REINAUER Katja GER 31.76 32
31 MEULI Daniela SUI 31.85 28
32 FARMAND Sandra GER 32.06 26
33 CLOUTIER Helene CAN 32.21 24
34 OTT Lynn USA 32.32 22
35 POMAGALSKI Julie FRA 32.38 20
36 SAUERBREIJ Nicolien NED 32.41 18
37 VALDENAIRE Florine FRA 32.43 16
38 IIDA Ran JPN 32.47 14
39 HASEGAWA Miho JPN 32.52 12
40 DUBOC Emmanuelle FRA 32.74 11
41 BOERMA Marcella NED 32.79 10
42 ESCHGFOLLER Jessica ITA 32.95 9
43 KELLENBERGER Kathrin SUI 33.09 8
44 VOJTECHOVA Zuzana CZE 33.11 7
45 ISIELONIS Blanca POL 33.13 6
45 SAUERBREIJ Marieke NED 33.13 6
47 COMBAL Lucie FRA 33.43 4
48 RHEINBERGER Julia LIE 33.88 3
49 HUART Anne FRA 33.91 2
50 KULAWIK Amalie GER 34.03 1
51 KUKUCZ Malgorzata POL 34.1
52 TIKHVINSKAJA Maria RUS 34.3
53 DESMARES Nathalie FRA 34.31
54 DEMETER Silvia RUM 34.34
55 DIMOVA Maria Guergu. BUL 34.36
56 ANNUNZIATA Michelle ITA 34.54
57 RUOTSALAINEN Ilona FIN 34.86
58 MULARZ Joanna BEL 34.98
59 KUVAJA Mari FIN 35.07
60 CLARK RIBEIRO Isabel BRA 35.11
61 BOCCACCINI Corinna ITA 35.24
62 PELLISSIER Coralie ITA 35.32
63 TAKEUCHI Tomoka JPN 35.87
64 RACHETTO Simona ITA 38.01
65 FORMO Birgitte NOR 42.08
66 SERINA Eden PHI 43.74
67 O’MALLEY Erin USA 45.21
HIMMLER Katharina GER DSQ
KRINGS Heidi AUT DSQ
PARINI Margherita ITA DNF
RIEGLER Claudia AUT DNF
MCKENNA Lesley GBR DNF
SNOW Charlotte SUI DNF
UNTERWEGER Heidi ITA DNF
KACAFURA Damjana SLO DNS
INSAM Marion ITA DNS