Austria’s Benjamin Karl and Mirko Felicetti of Italy were involved in the first-ever tie for first place in a parallel Alpine Snowboard World Cup race at the International Ski Federation (FIS) event in Canada's Blue Mountain, as Germany's Ramona Theresia Hofmeister secured her first crystal globe.
After racing head-to-head down the entire course, Karl and Felicetti could not be separated by the photo-finish evidence and so both were awarded 1000 points as winners of the race.
Russia’s Andrey Sobolev earned 600 in third place, with 500 going to Italy’s Roland Fischnaller in fourth place.
“It’s amazing”, Felicetti said after the first of two scheduled days of parallel giant slalom racing at the resort.
“It’s my first World Cup victory and it’s the first time in history that we have two winners in parallel World Cup competitions.
"I’m happy for me and my team and I’m hoping for another good race tomorrow.”
Hofmeister's seventh World Cup victory of the season was enough to earn her the season's overall women's giant slalom World Cup title - her first.
Success was earned the hard way, with tough heats against China's Dong Xue, fellow German Carolin Langenhorst, Austria's Daniela Ulbing and finally another fellow German in the big final, Selina Jörg.
Ulbing finished third today.
Attention please! May we present you a very rare case of two first places in the men's PGS finals in Blue Mountain today! Austria's Benny Karl took the win today at the penultimate competition of the season together with Mirko Felicetti! 🥳🔥🤗🥇💪🥇#fissnowboard #twofirstplaces pic.twitter.com/51Z8nlZ0kr— fissnowboard (@fissnowboard) February 29, 2020
With the final giant slalom races of the season scheduled for tomorrow, Hofmeister has an unassailable lead on 5,300 points from Switzerland’s Julie Zogg - sixth today - on 2,800 and fellow Swiss Ladina Jenny on 2,710.
In the women’s parallel overall competition - incorporating slalom and giant slalom races - Hofmeister also bolstered her lead with nine of the 12 scheduled races run.
She has 7,260 points ahead of Zogg on 5,400 and Jörg on 4,330.
"It’s my first time in Canada and I love this place,” Hofmeister told FIS.
"After some tough training days in difficult conditions, today everything was perfect and I love the slope here.
"And I won today so I’m really happy about that.
"It’s incredible, I’m so excited for another race tomorrow, and it’s the last PGS race of the season.
"I can’t really believe I’m the winner of the globe.
"It will be first one and it feels unreal.”
Watch Germany's Ramona Hofmeister seal the deal on the PGS crystal globe 2019/20🤩🥳🌐 ahead of teammate Selina Joerg and Austria's Daniela Ulbing. #fissnowboard #crystalglobe #germanspeakingpodium pic.twitter.com/3lV2lCvfL5— fissnowboard (@fissnowboard) February 29, 2020
Meanwhile, Fischnaller has strengthened his position at the top of the men's parallel overall standings after nine of the 12 scheduled races.
The Italian has 6,410 points, with Austria’s Andreas Prommegger, fifth today, on 3,420 and Felicetti third on 3,370.
Karl’s maximum haul today secured him in second place in the parallel giant slalom standings after six of the seven scheduled races.
He has 3,120 points and stands behind Fischnaller, who is on 4,660, and ahead of Felicetti, who has 2,630.
Prommegger remains top of the parallel slalom standings on 2,260, from Fischnaller on 1,750 and Germany’s Stefan Baumeister on 1,600.