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Bruhin and Schoch grab Gold at Le Relais’ first as a World Cup host
Race boarders from Switzerland dominate the Parallel Giant Slalom: Ursula Bruhin and Philipp Schoch (both SUI) have won their seasons first competition of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup in Le Relais today. In the women’s final, Bruhin relegated her fellow countrywoman Fraenzi Kohli by three hundredths of a second to the second spot. In the battle for third, last winter’s Overall World Cup winner Daniela Meuli came in ahead of Doresia Krings (AUT) and thus rounded out the Swiss podium. In the men’s field, current Olympic champion Philipp Schoch successfully competed against Andreas Prommegger in the big final and therefore celebrated a great comeback after his injury in Soelden in October. Gilles Jaquet took the third rank, Heinz Inniger came in fourth (both SUI).
Despite her victory today, Parallel World Cup leading Ursula Bruhin was not into big cheering: “My back really hurts a lot. Two weeks ago, I wasn’t able to stand more than ten minutes and was lying around in bed. Fortunately, I was able to train here in Canada although I definitely felt my back during the last four runs. So, I wasn’t expecting to win because Fraenzi Kohli was riding strong today.”
Her fellow countryman Philipp Schoch, leading the Parallel World Cup, too, was in a better mood coming back successfully after his injury: “Today, I was doing well although I thought it’s going to be a bad race today. This victory is very important for me because it means a lot for the internal qualification for the Olympic Games.”
Andreas Prommegger was all smiles, too. No miracle, because the 25 year-old Austrian celebrated his best World Cup result ever ranking second: “This is so important for me. It shows that I’m in top form at the right moment. I’m ready for the Olympic Winter Games. In the qualification I already had a good feeling and I really liked the tough and icy conditions today. I did better with every run.”
Daniela Meuli and Simon Schoch let Swiss cheer again in Le Relais
Like yesterday, Swiss riders were again smiling from the podium after the second Parallel Giant Slalom in Le Relais. Daniela Meuli and Simon Schoch (both SUI) grabbed their season’s first victories in the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup 2005/2006 on the 622 metres long parallel course. In the women’s final, the 24 year-old race boarder from Davos relegated Heidi Krings from Austria to the second spot who thus jumped on the podium again after a dry spell of two and a half years. Isabelle Blanc (FRA) came in third ahead of Marion Posch from Italy. In the men’s final, Simon Schoch successfully competed against his younger brother Philipp who still leads the World Cup. In the battle for third, Heinz Inniger won 600 points by default on his 25th birthday after Harald Walder from Austria wasn’t able to start due to injury.
“Today, the riding was so much fun”, said the new leader in the Parallel World Cup Daniela Meuli. “The slope was hard and perfect.” Asked for the dominating role of the Swiss team, Meuli stated: “It’s just going fine. If one doesn’t make it another one steps into the breach. That’s fantastic.”
Heidi Krings was also more than pleased after she cut her personal Gordian knot: “It’s just incredible. I had to struggle for so long with my injuries, had so much problems in the qualifications before. I begged that it would finally work out fine. Today’s result is so important for my self esteem.” Even so good, that her mistakes in the big final didn’t count that much: “I wanted too much I guess. But the great thing is that I’m healthy.”
”I waited so long for this victory”, said Simon Schoch after the race who also completed his third podium in the current season. That he had to face a duel with his brother in the big final “was the best thing which could possible happen. Then it doesn’t count if you end up first or second. But anyway, I’m glad that I won. Although it wasn’t that enthralling duel for the spectators because Philipp fell in both runs.”
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