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Women's Parallel Giant Slalom

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Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Cypress Mountain, West Vancouver
Date Started: February 26, 2010
Date Finished: February 26, 2010

Gold: NED Nicolien Sauerbreij
Silver: RUS Yekaterina Ilyukhina
Bronze: AUT Marion Kreiner


The last two World Cup leaders were German [Amelie Kober] (2009) and the Netherlands’ [Nicolien Sauerbreij] (2008), while the 2009 World Champion was Austrian [Marion Kreiner]. Rounding out the four favorites was Kreiner’s teammate, [Doris Günther], runner-up at the 2009 World Championships and 2008-09 World Cup. Of note, the World Cup standings are for parallel snowboarding, which includes parallel GS and parallel slalom, which is not an Olympic event. Kreiner led the qualifying followed by Sauerbreij, the event being held in torrential rain and poor visibility. When the elimination phase of the event started, Kreiner advanced to the semi-final round with relative ease when her opponents made errors in their races. Sauerbreij also made the semi-finals, again helped by opponents’ faults. The other semi-finalists were Russian [Yekaterina Ilyukhina], who had taken out Kober in the quarter-finals, and German [Selina Jörg], who had just defeated Austrian [Ina Meschik] by the narrow margin of 0.08 seconds in the quarter-finals, after taking out Günther in the first round.

In the semi-finals, Ilyukhina crashed out in the first run, but a mistake by Kreiner in the second run saw the Russian advance to the final. Georg had led Sauerbreij narrowly after their first run, but crashed out near the end of the second run when they were neck and neck. Kreiner comfortably won the contest for the bronze medal following mistakes by her opponent. The final was a thriller, with Ilyukhina leading Sauerbreij by 0.02 seconds after the first run. However, in a close contest, it was Sauerbreij who took the title by the narrow margin of 0.23 seconds. This was the first medal of any kind that the Netherlands had won in a “snow” event, all their previous medals being in “ice” sports.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nicolien Sauerbreij 30 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Yekaterina Ilyukhina 22 Russia RUS Silver
3 Marion Kreiner 28 Austria AUT Bronze
4 Selina Jörg 22 Germany GER
5 Anke Karstens 24 Germany GER
6 Ina Meschik 19 Austria AUT
7 Claudia Riegler 36 Austria AUT
8 Amelie Kober 22 Germany GER
9 Doris Günther 31 Austria AUT
10 Yekaterina Tudegesheva 22 Russia RUS
11 Camille de Faucompret 24 France FRA
12 Alexa Loo 37 Canada CAN
13 Tomoka Takeuchi 26 Japan JPN
14 Michelle Gorgone 26 United States USA
15 Isabella Laböck 23 Germany GER
16 Annamari Chundak 19 Ukraine UKR
17 Alyona Zavarzina 20 Russia RUS
18 Nathalie Desmares 37 France FRA
19 Joh Shaw 27 Australia AUS
20 Caroline Calvé 31 Canada CAN
21 Eri Yanetani 25 Japan JPN
22 Zuzana Doležalová 29 Czech Republic CZE
23 Ilona Ruotsalainen 29 Finland FIN
24 Svetlana Boldykova 27 Russia RUS
25 Carmen Ranigler 33 Italy ITA
26 Corinna Boccacini 24 Italy ITA
27 Glorija Kotnik 20 Slovenia SLO
28 Fränzi Mägert-Kohli 27 Switzerland SUI
29 Kimiko Zakreski 26 Canada CAN