Ledecka and Mastnak celebrate Crystal Globes

Ledecka and Mastnak celebrate Crystal Globes
By Sportsbeat

09/03/2019 at 21:26Updated

Ester Ledecka's supreme consistency once again paid dividends as she ended the snowboard parallel giant slalom season with the victor's Crystal Globe.

In every single race she has competed in this season the Czech superstar has finished in the top three, ending her campaign with second place in the season finale in Scuol, Switzerland.

The Crystal Globe was already Ledecka's heading into the weekend, despite missing portions of the season to compete at the skiing World Championships, with this second place just adding gloss to secure back-to-back titles.

Victory on the day went to Milena Bykova, rewarded for her six top-ten finishes so far this season with the first podium of the campaign, holding her own to down Ledecka in the final – not that the Czech star was too disappointed.

"For sure this year has been tough, I had to miss some races at the start of the year.

"But in the end it paid off. I'm happy that I was able to make podiums at every race this season and I think show that I'm one of the best snowboarders in the world.

"I've ridden just one slalom this season and I haven't had a chance to train much slalom, so now I have some days before when I can train and test my boards and see which one is the fastest, finally!"

The men's parallel giant slalom Crystal Globe went the way of Tim Mastnak, swooping in at the very last moment to take a prize that not even he could believe.

An all-Russian showdown in the big final had seen Andrey Sobolov facing off with teammate Dmitry Loginov, the double world champion from earlier this year.

But while Sobolev who delivered on the Scuol course, interest peaked with who wasn't in action in the finals.

Andreas Prommegger and Roland Fischnaller had led the standings heading into Saturday but, after both failed to get passed qualification, the door was open for Slovenia's Mastnak to swoop in and take the prize with a sixth-place finish in Switzerland.

"It's amazing. It's unbelievable," Mastnak said. "I didn't want to think about this globe before the race, but it happened and I'm really, really happy.

"There are so many good riders out there, every race a new guy can step up and win, so for me to finish the season as the best overall parallel giant slalom rider is really cool."

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