Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) and Benjamin Karl (AUT) have celebrated victory in the first parallel giant slalom of the 2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup held in Limone Piemonte, Italy, today. In the ladies finale, the World Cup leader edged off her team colleague Alena Zavarzina to the runner-up position thus clinching a back-to-back win after having claimed victory in the season’s opener in Holland. Svetlana Boldykova, who had successfully competed against Claudia Riegler (AUT) in the small final, completed the Russian podium sweep, the first ever in the history of the Parallel World Cup. While the Russians were the dominating team on the ladies side, Austria’s rooster put the hammer down in the men’s competition. Benjamin Karl, World Cup leader Andreas Prommegger and Manuel Veith brought home a 1-2-3 finish from the 450 metres long race course Marchetto Gorba. Switzerland’s Nevin Galmarini placed fourth.
Tomorrow, the season’s second parallel slalom will take place on the same slope.
Limone Piemonte, one of the oldest Alpine villages in Italy, is a municipality in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 100 km south of Turin and about 20 km south of Cuneo, on the border with France. The ski area (Riserva Bianca), located in the so called "Regione delle Alpi del Mare" offers 80 km of runs (Beg: 20% Int: 70% Adv: 10%), 16 ropeways, a wonderful conch which links the 3 valleys and offers both beginners and experts the chance to choose their level of difficulty. L.I.F.T. S.p.A , the society which controlls the entire ski area of Limone, is making a radical remodernising of the ski lifts.