Benjamin Karl clinched another Parallel Giant Slalom win yesterday in Valmalenco to seal both the PGS and overall FIS Snowboard World Cup crowns.
Benny last won the title in 2007–8, but he reclaimed it with the win yesterday in Italy at the expense of his fellow Austrian team-mate Andreas Prommegger, the only man going into yesterday’s final event with a chance of overhauling Karl’s advantage in the PGS rankings, beating Prommegger in the quarter-finals.
‘I knew I had to give everything… I'm stoked to have both Crystal Globes again’ – Benny Karl
He then went on to beat the resilient Rok Flander of Slovenia in the final to finish with 6,600 World Cup points and get his hands on the Crystal Globes with the final event next week in La Molina to spare.
“Rok was super fast today. He was probably the best rider out there… I knew I had to give everything, but I also had the luck on my side this time,” said Karl, who also won a silver medal at the recent Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. “It's been such a great day – just unbelievable. I'm stoked to have both [Crystal] Globes again.”
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