LG Snowboard FIS World Cup 2011: Prommegger's Unexpected Win

The first event of the 2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup goes to Austrian Andreas Prommegger. He adds to the long list of Austrians that have dominated the competition in Landgraaf, Holland.

2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup.  Photo: Oliver KrausEkaterina Tudegesheva and Andreas Prommegger are off to a great start at the opening event of the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup in Landgraaf, Holland as they kick off the 2011 season with impressive victories.

The 27-year-old Ekaterina Tudegesheva defeated Austrian Heidi Neururer at the SnowWorld Landgraaf and claimed her career’s fourth World Cup win to date. Her compatriot, Alena Zavarzina, took third place after crossing the finish line only 49 hundredths ahead of Switzerland's Fraenzi Maegert-Kohli.

In similar fashion, Andreas Prommegger dominated the men's side of the competition in Landgraaf and also celebrated his career’s fourth World Cup win. Roland Fischnaller and Aaron March from Italy took second and third place respectively.

Andreas Prommegger and Heidi Neururer's success seems to support the notion that the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup stop in Landgraaf is a race made for Austrians. Prommegger adds the fifth triumph out of eight races to the wins of Grabner (2005 and 2006) and Karl (2008 and 2009) at the only indoor World Cup competition of the series.

2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup.  Photo: Oliver KrausAlthough the Austrian team has grown accustomed to success at the SnowWorld in Landgraaf, no one expected Prommegger to come in first.

“I only made it once in the k.o. round of the top 16 here in Landgraaf," said Andreas Prommegger. "That was at the first contest here in 2003. Normally, I dropped out in the qualifiers. Landgraaf never was my most beloved race. This is unbelievable, just insane!”

The next two parallel races are scheduled in two months. On December 10th and 11th, 2011, the race boarders get their next chances to showcase their carving skills in both, a parallel giant slalom and a parallel slalom, being hosted in Limone Piemonte, Italy.

2011 LG Snowboard FIS World Cup.  Photo: Oliver KrausThe next stop of the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup is in London on October 30th, 2010 for big air in the Battersea Powerstation.

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