With qualifications in sprint snowboard cross race started the competitions for World Cup snowboarding, which Bansko hosted by February 5th. Participation in qualifying in the women’s discipline Snowboard cross took 27 players from 12 nations. Alexandra Jekova started 16th in a row with number 32. The first 24 ladies qualify for the finals on 4th of February.

Giant parallel slalom

In men’s qualification in the Giant parallel slalom was attended by 68 competitors from 23 nations. They fought for 48 places, giving the right to participate in the finals on 4th of February. Bulgarian representative and rookie races that rank Valentin Miladinov starts with number 112. He gained the right to participate in Bansko after winning two races last week and acquire the necessary points for the World Cup, recalled by the Bulgarian Ski Federation.

The route for both Giant parallel slalom, which is located at the bottom of the track “Tomba” also expects the best men and women in the world for qualifications and finals in these disciplines on 3rd and 5th of February.

The leader

The boy from Chepelare not succumb to rain and strong wind in qualifying and entered the finals first. His victory continued progress, and thus raising the voltage on Banderishka meadow. Rado came to support even the star of Bulgarian football Dimitar Berbatov.

“I come for the first time in the ski area, but Rado worth it”, said Mitko at arrival.

The President Rosen Plevneliev, Sports Minister Prof. Daniela Dasheva, former deputy prime minister and justice minister Ekaterina Zaharieva also came to shout for Rado.

The final

At the final Yankov came out against Sylvain Dufour (France). After the first 15 gates, Rado drove like a true leader and naturally was leading. Five gates before the finish the pin plate on board succumbed and he fell, and the stands subsided. A moment later, however, Rado got up and continued although he was second, the applause for him not abated for more than10 minutes. First in ladies became the Russian player Alena Zavarzina. In qualifying for the World Cup Yankov now has 3520 points, while the second Benjamin Karl had 3140. For the Giant Parallel slalom Cup, the Bulgarian was again led by 3,200 points and  the second with 2460 was Karl.

Awards

Berbatov personally gave the Cup and checks of Rado and the other two winners. “I wished Rado health and success in the next races,” said Berbatov. – “I saw how difficult this sport and this should primarily be healthy. Bulgaria has proven to be an excellent organizer of such events. And for that, they must be more. Everybody saw what a holiday was,” said Berbatov.

Minister Dasheva awarded the ladies. Champagne for the best was given by the President of the Bulgarian Ski Federation Tseko Minev. CEO Fibank’s Vasil Hristov also glad the best with prizes.

Don’t miss to visit the best winter resort in Bulgaria – Bansko. All year round events are held. Book a ticket and you can easily  get to Bansko by organized Bulgaria Transfer.