In-form Kwiatkowski takes lead in Snowboard World Cup

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Oskar Kwiatkowski snatched a big win at the second World Cup competition within two weeks. Thanks to the splendid performance in Blue Mountain, Canada, he became the new leader of this year’s Snowboard World Cup on Friday.

Kwiatkowski has once again proved that he belongs to the world's top riders. Two weeks ago, he won the competition in Scuol, Italy. On Thursday, meanwhile, he took his place on the lowest step of the podium in Blue Mountain. The Canadian resort brought the Pole good luck, as he made it all the way to the finals on Friday.

The Pole came ahead of Daniele Bagozza of Italy, Korean snowboarder Lee Sang-Ho and Masaki Shiba of Japan. In the final he faced Alexander Payer. The triumph was to be decided by only one race so there was no room for error. The Pole outpaced the Austrian by exactly 0.14 seconds.

Kwiatkowski’s victory has a double significance. For the Pole moved to first place in the World Cup classification in the giant slalom. He overtook Andreas Prommegger, who on Friday dropped out as early as in the Round of 16. Kwiatkowski has already collected 334 points, 27 more than the Austrian.

Another Polish international – Aleksandra Król - also performed well. First she defeated Zuzana Maderova, and in the quarterfinals she came ahead of Miki Tsubaki of Japan by a narrow margin. However, in the semifinals, she missed one of the final gates, and lost to Ramona Theresia Hofmeister. Król ultimately took 4th place.

In the overall World Cup classification in the women’s parallel slalom, Król is fourth with 217 points. Ramona Theresia Hofmeister leads with 327 points, the Swiss Ladina Jenny is second with 245, Ahead of her compatriot Julie Zogg 224.