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Everything is prepared for the Snowboard World Cup in Carezza

The world's best snowboarders arrived in Carezza on Monday morning to prepare for the 13th FIS Snowboard World Cup, which is also the first parallel giant slalom of the season. On Thursday, December 14th, everything will be at stake for the athletes when the qualification runs start at 9.15:13.15 a.m. and the final runs start at XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. on the Pra di Tori slope.

It won't be long, but everything is now ready: in a few days the best snowboarders will duel for the first stage victory of the World Cup season in the parallel giant slalom. After two official training days, the grand finale is scheduled for Thursday, December 14th. The qualifying runs start at 9.15:16 a.m. on the Pra di Tori in the Carezza Dolomites ski area, which determine the 16 male and female athletes who will compete against each other in the final heats in knockout mode from 13.15:XNUMX p.m. During the course of Monday the first athletes arrived at Karerpass and, like the organizers, they can't wait to finally get started.

There will also be some World Cup riders present this week who have already won in Carezza. The Dutch Michelle Dekker and the Austrian Andreas Prommegger are both last year's winners on site. They will also be present at the traditional gondola handover on Wednesday: a cabin in the Hubertus lift will bear their names in the future. Last year, Dekker celebrated her first ever World Cup victory after beating Poland's Aleksandra Krol in the final. Prommegger and Carezza, on the other hand, have known each other for a long time: he was already crowned winner at the Karerpass in 2012, and in 2020 he also came second behind his compatriot Benjamin Karl.

Will Benjamin Karl's record remain unmatched?

By the way, Karl is also the most successful athlete at the World Cup in Carezza. He won on the Pra di Tori three times - in 2011 (parallel slalom), 2016 and 2020 (both parallel giant slalom) - and he also climbed the podium twice more with second places in 2011 and 2018 . It is therefore hardly surprising that Austria is the most successful participating country in the men's field at the Karerpass with six wins and a total of 14 podium places. But it remains to be seen whether Karl's record can be set in the future or not.

Edwin Coratti already made it to the podium in Carezza. © Miha Matavz Photography / Miha Matavz

Not only Prommegger has two victories, but also Roland Filehner from Funes. He also came third in Carezza last year and is the reigning overall winner in the giant slalom, making him one of the favorites for this year's 13th edition of the World Cup in Carezza. The only other Italian athlete to have made it onto the podium in Carezza was Langtauferer Edwin Coratti in 2021. “My goal is to get back on the podium. I want to put in a great performance in front of my friends, relatives and fans,” said the South Tyrolean before the race.

Everything is open for women

Karl's number of victories could be equaled by two snowboarders in the women's category. In addition to the now retired Canadian Caroline Calve, the Swiss Patrizia Kummer and the Olympic champion Ester Ledecka from the Czech Republic have already won twice at the Pra di Tori. Ledecka in particular is a true Carezza expert at the Pra di Tori with victories in 2015 and 2017 as well as three second places in 2016, 2018 and 2021. In addition, last year's overall World Cup winner, the Swiss Julie Zogg, and the reigning world champion, the Japanese Tsubaki Miki, are also among the favorites, although both have never been on the podium in Carezza.

Nadya Ochner feels right at home with Carezza. © Social Media

The German Ramona Theresia Hofmeister is also one to keep an eye on at Pra di Tori. The German, who won the discipline classification in the parallel giant slalom last year, already has four podiums in Carezza, including a victory in 2020. Germany has ten Carezza podiums in the women's field and is therefore well ahead of Austria ( three wins) and the Czech Republic, which achieved the second most podium places. Italy has one win and one third place, both of which were achieved by Nadya Ochner from Burgstaller.

The program:

Wednesday, 13th December 2023
13.30 p.m.: Gondola handover to the winners of last year's World Cup at the Hubertus lift (in the finish area of ​​Pra di Tori)
18 p.m.: World Cup Opening Ceremony with drawing of the starting numbers in the marquee at the foot of the Pra di Tori

Thursday, 14th December 2023
9.15 a.m.: Start of the qualifying runs for the FIS Snowboard World Cup in Carezza
13.15 p.m.: Start of the finals of the FIS Snowboard World Cup in Carezza
Approx. 14.30 p.m.: Award ceremony in the finish area of ​​Pra di Tori

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