Amazingly clean and strong riding paid off once again for Russia’s Dmitry Loginov, who won Tuesday’s 2019 FIS World Championships snowboard parallel slalom title at Park City Mountain, his second victory of this World Champs after his parallel giant slalom win on Monday.
“Thank you, Park City,” said Loginov, who at 19 is also the youngest athlete to win a World Championship medal in alpine snowboarding. Loginov attributed his winning strategy to focusing on a good result in the qualification round. “Everything was dependant on that. My good qualifying run allowed me to choose the side of the course I’d ride,” he said.
For the women’s gold medal winner, Julie Zogg of Switzerland, Tuesday’s win represents not only her first World Championships win but the first time she’s made it to the podium in her seven years on the World Cup circuit. “It’s unbelievable. It’s just been a crazy day,” she said.
Like alpine ski racers, alpine snowboarders prefer hard and fast conditions. The race surface on Picabo’s Trail at Park City Mountain was the opposite of that on Tuesday. Constant heavy snowfall and low visibility provided some of the most challenging conditions many of the athletes had ever faced.
“This was not my line today,” said bronze medallist Ramona Hofmeister of Germany. “I like to go straight through the gates rather than carving. But I’m so happy,” she said. “I need some time to realize this moment.”
“Thanks a lot to the course workers for providing a good slope for us to compete on. The fresh snow makes for a lot of work and they did a great job,” said the Italian men’s silver medalist, Roland Fischnaller.
Fischnaller, age 38 and the 2015 snowboard parallel slalom World Champion, won the qualifications but then in the big final said he “pushed every gate but in the end my legs just didn’t have it anymore.” The 2019 World Championships is Fischnaller’s second trip to Park City; his first was to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games where he placed 19th in the snowboarding parallel slalom.
One of the surprises of this race was the silver-medal finish of Annamari Dancha. The Ukranian National Team member took 15th in the qualification round, just making it to the finals. Dancha turned out very strong runs thereafter, eventually facing Zogg in the big final and winning a silver, the first ever World Championships medal won by a Ukrainian.
Another surprise showing was delivered by Robert Burns (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), the only American to advance to the final. Burns was paired with Loginov in the first finals round and gave the gold medal winner a run for his money before being eliminated. “That was the first time I’ve raced Loginov head-to-head and it was so much fun,” Burns said. “It’s just an honor to be here wit some of my best buds on snowboards. It’s been a crazy year of working a lot and trying to train as much as possible So getting to come out here and represent the U.S. is a huge honor.” Burns ended the day with a respectable 15th place finish.
TOP 3 SNOWBOARD PARALLEL SLALOM FINISHERS, WOMEN:
Julie Zogg (SUI)
Annamari Dancha (UKR)
Ramona Hofmeister (GER)
TOP 3 SNOWBOARD PARALLEL GS FINISHERS, MEN:
Dmitry Loginov (RUS)
Roland Fischnaller (ITA)
Stefan Baumeister (GER)
About the 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle & Freeski World Championships
More than 1,400 athletes from 40 nations are competing in 28 World Championship medal events from February 1-10. Solitude Mountain Resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon is hosting snowboardcross and skicross. Park City Mountain in Park City is the site of parallel events, halfpipe, slopestyle and big air. Deer Valley Resort is the site for moguls and aerials.