Canadian snowboarders endure tough outing in parallel slalom
Calve drops from 1st to 4th in season standings
German snowboarder Alexander Bergmann won a parallel slalom Friday for his first World Cup victory, and Patrizia Kummer of Switzerland took the women's event.
Bergmann, who came ninth at the same venue a year ago for his only previous top-10 result, defeated Andreas Prommegger of Austria in the final of the single-run format.
Aaron March of Italy finished third at the competition at Bad Gastein, Austria, by beating local product Sebastian Kislinger.
Matthew Morrison of Oshawa, Ont., was eliminated in the round of 16.
Former Olympic gold medallist Jasey-Jay Anderson of Montreal was among six Canadian men who failed to make it out of the qualification portion of the competition.
Sylvain Dufour remained in the lead of the slalom standings with 1,290.0 points. Prommegger trails the Frenchman by 230 points in second place while Bergmann climbed to fourth with 1,016.7.
In the women's competition, Kummer defeated Ester Ledecka of Czech Republic for her first win of the season and ninth overall.
Marion Kreiner of Austria took third ahead of Ekaterina Ilyukhina of Russia.
Marianne Leeson of Burlington, Ont., was eliminated in the round of 16.
Caroline Calve of Hull, Que., didn't make it out of qualification.
Combined with the results of others, Calve dropped from first to fourth in the season standings. Kummer went top of the slalom standings with 1,400 points, 150 clear of second-place Ledecka.
Ariane Lavigne of Mont Tremblant, Que., and Ekaterina Zavialova of Calgary also failed to get out of qualification.
The event was moved from Jauerling because of a lack of snow in Lower Austria.
There will be another parallel slalom at the venue on Sunday.