Next podium for the German snowboarders: Ramona Hofmeister and Elias Huber finished third in the team competition at the Parallel World Cup in Bad Gastein.
The duo prevailed against Switzerland in the “small final”. The day’s victory went to Austria, which defeated the Russian duo in the final. Carolin Langenhorst and Ole-Mikkel Prantl took eighth place.
Hofmeister decided at short notice against further training for the Olympic parallel giant slalom – and for a start in the team event. “I really wanted to take part in the race on this great track, to stay in competition mode. For my head. And for the fun. Now it has gone really well,” said the 25-year-old: “That I’m on the podium with Elias’, I’m really happy. “
For Huber (22) it was the first podium finish in the World Cup. “I couldn’t believe it at first,” he said. The experienced Hofmeister had ironed out his mistakes, and he himself sometimes had “my head problems” in competitions.
The team event is just as little part of the program at the Winter Games in Beijing (from February 4), as is the once Olympic parallel slalom. The alpine boarders only want medals in the parallel giant slalom. Only in snowboard cross is there a team decision.