Arvid Auner and Sabine Schaffmann were a strong second in Castine

Two Austrians had their sights set on victory at the Snowboard World Cup in Bad Gastein on Tuesday evening, but were happy with second places in the end. In the grand final of the parallel slalom, Arvid Auner trailed Italian Maurizio Bormolini by 14 hundredths of a second. In the women's category, Sabine Schöffmann lost the final battle to German Ramona Hofmeister by 0.18 seconds.

In the men's category, Fabian Ophmann and Benjamin Carl reached the minor final, where Ophmann won and finished third ahead of Carl. Auner, who celebrated his only World Cup victory to date in Bad Gastein two years ago, was indeed looking to repeat the feat against last year's winner Bormolini. The 26-year-old Styrian said, referring to his starting number eleven, “I'm very happy to finish second.” It's a great Tuesday evening. I look forward to the next World Cup with hope.”

After three third places in Bad Gastein, Sabine Schöffmann was in the final for the first time, but Hofmeister was faster in this one, already celebrating her 19th individual World Cup victory. The 31-year-old from Carinthia has no complaints about his best finish of the season so far after two third places. “Things are going well this year and I have a lot of hope,” he said in an ORF interview. After a very annoying exit in round 16 at School, he was back in full swing in the home race. This time 50-year-old Claudia Rigler was eliminated in the first round.

In the men's category, reigning overall World Cup champion Fabian Obermann also enjoyed third place. “It was great to see so many people again after Corona. Last year I was fourth, so it was even better that I won. ” It didn't bother him that he had to bow out in the semi-finals to eventual winner Bormolini. “I already took the ball away from him at the end of the season,” he said with a laugh.

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Benjamin Carl retained the overall lead in the World Cup and was happy to be able to compete. Because he didn't notice a hill while driving on Monday. “Then it knocked me over a two-metre edge onto my back. I thought my neck was broken, that's what it felt like.” Now he was very happy that he was able to score points in the slalom.

Wednesday's mixed group competition (final from 2.15pm) will take place at Buchebenhang in Bad Gastein. Then the monster project continues: on 20/21. In January, two PSL individual results will be played in Pamporovo (Bulgaria) before returning to Austria via Rokla in Slovenia (PGS/January 25). 27/28 at Simonhoe in Carinthia. The intensive January Tour concluded with two more parallel giant slaloms (individual and team) in January.

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