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Sunday, 16 December 2007





With Julia Dujmovits and Mathieu Bozzetto one underdog and one top-favourite have won the second Parallel Slalom of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2007/2008. In the ladies’ final in Nendaz, Austria’s Dujmovits beat her country woman Heidi Neururer who was able to enlarge her World Cup lead due to her second rank.

Nicolien Sauerbreij (NED) came in third ahead of Claudia Riegler (AUT) who had won the qualification. On the men’s side, Mathieu Bozzetto held the upper hand in the duel of the two fastest men of the qualification as his opponent in the final Rok Flander (SLO) crashed just before the finish line. It was the season’s second victory for the Frenchman who took over the World Cup lead again. In the battle for third, Roland Haldi (SUI) relegated Matthew Morison from Canada to the fourth spot.

No one – including Bozzetto – would have expected that the 34-years-old would be able to bring home his career’s 33rd triumph after his victory at the 2007/2008 season opener in Landgraaf as he had to face a maximum penalty time of 1.29 seconds prior the second and decisive final run. But the French rider got off a good start and reduced the gap to Flander at each of the 29 gates – until the Slovenian crashed: “I never believed that I would have a chance against Rok (Flander) after such a lag because he rides so strong and stable and one can’t put him under pressure at all.” But this is what Bozzetto did making “Mr. Slalom” all smiles: “I’m a slalom guy. That’s my life!”

In addition, Bozzetto is heading for the next year as World Cup leader after today’s Yellow Jersey bearer Daniel Biveson was disqualified. It was a bitter 31st birthday for the Swede as it was the first time that he was starting as top ranked rider of the World Cup.

In the ladies’ competition, Julia Dujmovits sprang a surprise on the probably longest PSL-slope “Piste de l’Alpage” in the World Cup circuit taking home her first ever World Cup Gold medal. The 20-years-old rider showed some constant snowboarding the whole day long and therefore was able to knock out Svetlana Boldikova (RUS), last year’s winner Selina Joerg (GER) and Nicolien Sauerbreij (NED). In the final, she also took benefit from a crash of her competitor Heidi Neururer who had been able to catch up with her team mate before: “I’m so happy. I was once second in 2006 in Japan but tore my ACL’s thereafter. Thus, it was very important for me to come back in such a strong squad. I’m more than pleased that I finally made it.”

More Facts:

Participants:               47 ladies – 58 men from 19 nations

Name of the course: Piste de l’Alpage

Length of course:       380 metres

Vertical drop:              110 metres

Gates:                         29

Conditions:                 perfect snow conditions, minus 10 degrees


Additional Quotes:

Heidi Neururer, Austria, Second: “I’m a little bit angry because I think I could have won today. I still don’t know what I did wrong. But I’m pleased with the result. I was four times on the podium in four races – I think I can enjoy this.”

Rok Flander, Slovenia, Second, about his crash just before the finish line: “I’m very disappointed. I don’t know how this could happen at all. I wasn’t concentrated for a short moment and that was it. This must not happen!”

Nicolien Sauerbreij, Netherlands, Third: “I didn’t know what I should expect from today after I brought here a little injury from Limone Piemonte so my left leg had to be taped. But it’s just working right now. I’m happy with the result.”

Roland Haldi, Switzerland, Third: “I’m very pleased with the podium spot as the whole starter field is getting closer and closer together. It was a tough race with very long runs but I felt well the whole day. I deserve the third rank!”

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