Swiss Nevin Galmarini (down) clears a gate with Austria's Benjamin Karl during the qualification run of the Snowboard FIS World Cup Parallel Giant Slalom race in Carezza in the Dolomites on December 21, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO
Gold medalist Vic Wild (C) of Russia celebrates with silver medalist Zan Kosir (L) of Slovenia and bronze medalist Benjamin Karl of Austria during the flower ceremony in the Snowboard Men's Parallel Slalom Big Final on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Julia Dujmovits of Austria celebrates winning the gold medal with men's bronze medalist Benjamin Karl of Austria in the Snowboard Parallel Slalom on day 15 of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 22, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Benjamin Karl of Austria takes 1st place, Rok Marguc of Slovenia takes 2nd place, Roland Fischnaller of Italy takes 3rd place during the FIS Snowboard World Championships Men's and Women's Parallel Giant Slalom on January 19, 2011 in La Molina, Spain.
Silver medalist Zan Kosir of Slovenia, gold medalist Andrey Sobolev of Russia and bronze medalist Benjamin Karl of Austria celebrate following the Men's Parallel Giant Slalom Finals during the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships 2015 on January 23, 2015 in Lachtal, Austria.