The FIS Snowboard World Cup in its Paralell Giant Slalom version arrived to the Olympic town of Cortina D’Ampezzo, and it did well to its local snowboarders, particularly in the men’s division, as the Italians occupied five of the first six places, including the top 2.
The Men’s “Big Final” (for the gold) saw Roland Fischnaller (ITA) take it over Aaron March (ITA) while the “Small Final” (for the bronze) saw local snowboarder Mirko Felicetti (ITA) lose to Benjamin Karl (AUT) to just barely avoid the tournament to be a total 1-2-3 Italian domination. Coratti and Bagozza, both Italians, followed in the overall standings.
The women’s division also saw two snowboarders from the same nationality on the podium, but not in a total domination, as Ester Ledecka (CZE) beat Selina Joerg (DEU) in the Big Final while Ramona Theresa Hofmeister (DEU) beat Cheyenne Loch (DEU) for bronze, meaning the tournament had a German 2-3-4.
The overwhelming representation of a few countries on the podium should not indicate a lack of level at the competition, as this World Cup did have competitors from Asia, Europe and America.
Since this is the first stop of the season, this round’s results are also the current overall World Cup Ranking.