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Italian lifts overall crystal globe as Karl joint wins first Blue Mountain race.
Veteran Roland Fischnaller finally won his first FIS World Cup overall parallel snowboard title on Sunday with two races to spare as the Italian targets a title clean sweep in the parallel slalom. Here is all you need to know:
– Fischnaller won the FIS World Cup parallel giant slalom title at the last stop in Pyeongchang, thanks to a brilliant season that included another victory in South Korea.
– After an impressive parallel slalom season, Fischnaller knew that he only needed a handful of points at the parallel giant slalom in Blue Mountain to win overall too.
– Saturday saw him miss a podium place in Canada to Russian Andrey Sobolev in the small final with Austrian Benjamin Karl and Italian Mirko Felicetti winning the big final together in an extraordinary race where the clock and the photo finish could not separate them.
– Sunday’s action saw Fischnaller get the points he needed for the overall parallel title after finishing third in qualifying with his 11th race place later behind Karl adding gloss to the overall standings where he moved 2485 points clear of German Stefan Baumeister.
– With just two parallel slalom stops left on home snow in Livigno and Winterberg in Germany, it meant that Fischnaller could finally celebrate winning the biggest FIS World Cup prize of all after three previous parallel slalom discipline titles in 2013, 2016 and 2018 as well as his 2020 parallel giant slalom title.
– The 39-year-old from Brixen told Fisi: “I am certainly very happy because it is the greatest result of my career. I have achieved a result that every athlete of this discipline aspires to. This is worth a lot to me because exactly on March 1, 23 years ago, I made my debut in the World Cup and today my three-year-old son Florian took part in his first race. I look forward to the next challenge that will be against (Andreas) Prommegger in slalom. I am currently second and the Austrian is particularly fit, but in Livigno we will play at home. The next dream? The Olympics are certainly important, but the medal is the result of the one-day race – the World Cup instead requires a constant path.”
– If Fischnaller overhauls Prommegger’s 510-point lead in the final two parallel slalom races, he will complete a clean sweep of FIS World Cup season titles ahead of his 40th birthday in September.