(Montreal) Roland Fischnaller led an Italian double in the parallel slalom event at the Snowboard World Cup in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy on Saturday.
Fischnaller won the super-final ahead of compatriot Aaron March. Austrian Benjamin Karl completed the podium after beating Italian Mirko Felicetti in the small final.
Two other Italian snowboarders took fifth and sixth positions.
Sébastien Beaulieu of Quebec was Canada’s top snowboarder under his 24e position.
He finished among the 30 best for the first time in a year to the day at the same place, during the last World Cup in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
“In general, I am satisfied. I made a few small mistakes, but I’m happy with my approach, my feelings and it’s a step in the right direction. I hope to quickly improve my starting rank and participate in the finals very soon, ”said the one who was 44e snowboarder to set off.
After undergoing surgery on one hand for a fractured metacarpal (commonly known as a boxer’s fracture), Sébastien Beaulieu suffered a concussion last March. In Europe since the beginning of October, the Quebecer has settled in San Vigilio di Marebbe in Italy to train on the glaciers and find his rhythm.
“I would say I’ve only been competitive for two weeks. I needed a big block of training to get back into it, so for me that was ideal. Training with the Germans and Austrians in the last month has helped me immensely. I was able to compare myself with the best and quietly regain my confidence, ”he said.
His compatriots Jules Lefebvre, Darren Gardner, Jasey Jay Anderson, Arnaud Gaudet, Michael Nazwaski, Jamie Behan and Justin Carpentier finished 31e, 35e, 41e, 45e, 50e, 51e and 53e, in order.
“I am very happy to reconnect with the top 32 and to be able to make a second downhill to start the season, ”admitted Lefebvre, which he had not achieved in the World Cup since March 2018.
“My expectations were pretty low after hard weeks of training where several meters of snow fell. I could easily have gained several places without a mistake on the flat portion of my second run. “
Among the women, the parallel slalom event was won by Czech Esther Ledecka, ahead of Germans Selina Jörg and Ramona Theresia Hofmeister.
Canadians Megan Farrell, Kaylie Buck, Jennifer Hawkrigg and Katrina Gerencser finished in the 25e, 30e, 37e and 42e rungs, respectively.
– With Sportcom