Prommegger, Karstens win snowboard World Cup parallel giant slaloms
Matthew Morison top Canadian in 13th
Andreas Prommegger of Austria and Anke Karstens of Germany won snowboard World Cup parallel giant slaloms on Saturday.
Prommegger secured the PGS title by beating fellow countryman Siegfried Grabner in the final for his fourth win of the season.
The 32-year-old Prommegger is also the overall defending parallel champion and moved ahead of last season's runner-up Roland Fischnaller in the standings. Prommegger has 5,060 points and Fischnaller has 4,480 heading into the last parallel giant slalom of the season next week in Sierra Nevada, Spain.
"It's nice to have secured the PGS World Cup title already. But the overall parallel title is even more important to me," said Prommegger after winning for the third time here in the Catalan Pyrenees.
"It's just like last year when I was a little bit behind in the race for the globe. In the end it became a super close decision. So, it's not over yet!"
Philipp Schoch of Switzerland defeated Benjamin Karl of Austria in the small final. Matthew Morison of Blackstock, Ont., was the top Canadian in 13th.
Karstens beat Austria's Marion Kreiner for her second career victory and first since 2008, while champion Patrizia Kummer edged out Tomoka Takeuchi in the small final.
Ariane Lavigne of Mont-Tremblant, Que., was the top Canadian in fifth.
Karstens raced despite having injured he ankle at the previous race in Arosa, Switzerland.
"I haven't realized yet what just happened. I tore my ligament in my left ankle so there was no way to even think of anything like this entering the competition," said Karstens. "It was hurting as hell so I wasn't sure if I could start. But when I have a bib, I can't let go. I have to start."
Krummer leads the women's overall parallel standings with 4,170 points, followed by Kreiner with 3,862.
"I really don't have a clue how the World Cup standings look like," said Krummer. "I just rode as you have to do so in every race. To start thinking what could happen doesn't really pay off. If I was able to extend my lead, fine for me."