Snowboarder Stefan Baumeister put in a brilliant dress rehearsal for the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.
The 28-year-old won the parallel giant slalom on the Simonhöhe in Austria and thus also took the lead in the overall World Cup. In the final, he narrowly beat Slovenian Tim Mastnak.
In the finish area, Baumeister tore the board off his feet and jumped into the arms of his colleagues from the German team. It was his fifth World Cup win and his fourth podium this winter.
He was first twice, second twice. “I’m really having fun at the moment,” said the athlete from SC Aising-Pasing, who is also one of the top favorites at the games in China. Baumeister’s teammate Elias Huber failed in the last individual race before the highlight of the season in February in the round of 16.
Hochreiter on the podium for the first time
In the women’s race, Melanie Hochreiter finished on a World Cup podium for the first time in her career.
The 25-year-old from WSV Bischofswiesen and Russia’s Sofia Nadirschina finished the small final at the same time and shared third place.
The two-time overall World Cup winner Ramona Hofmeister failed in the quarterfinals at the eventual surprise winner Aleksandra Krol from Poland. Carolin Langenhorst was also finished in the round of the top eight. There is another mixed team event on Saturday.