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Parallel snowboarder Daniele Bagozza. © ANSA / GIAN EHRENZELLER

One ball dream has burst, another is still alive

Parallel snowboarder Daniele Bagozza still had a chance at two crystal balls in this season finale. One dream has burst on the sofa, another can still become reality.

What had been in the air for some time was confirmed on Friday by the International Ski Federation (FIS). The World Cup final for parallel snowboarders in Berchtesgaden on March 16th and 17th will not take place due to a lack of snow and will not be rescheduled. There will only be one individual race in the World Cup, namely on Saturday, March 9th in Winterberg.

This has far-reaching consequences: The overall World Cup goes to the Austrian star snowboarder Benjamin Karl. He is at the top of the standings with a lead of 116 points and cannot be caught in the remaining race because there is a maximum of 100 points.

Bagozza still has plans

This is particularly bitter for Daniele Bagozza: the man from Val Gardena is having the season of his life and is second in the overall World Cup. He would have still had a chance of winning the big crystal ball, but due to the race cancellation in Berchtesgaden this is no longer possible.

Nevertheless, the 28-year-old still has a big goal: Bagozza is leading the rankings in the parallel slalom. Before the all-important race on March 9th, the snowboarder from Ortisei is 27 points ahead of Sangho Lee from South Korea. For Bagozza it would be the first ball win of his career.

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