Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein produced a stunning performance to clinch a women’s World Cup super-G in La Thuile on Sunday.
It was a first World Cup win of the season for the 26-year-old who set the standard early at 1 minute and 17.73 seconds, challenging the likes of Lara Gut and Lindsey Vonn to go faster.
Racing in unusually warm weather, Gut looked in great shape but eventually had to settle for second place, 0.57 seconds adrift while Lindsey Vonn completed the podium. The American’s overall lead over Gut was reduced to 23 points, while in the super-G rankings she holds a 79-point lead on the Swiss with three races remaining in the discipline this season.
Dominik Paris unstoppable
Italy’s Dominik Paris kept his composure to claim a men’s alpine skiing World Cup downhill at Chamonix on Saturday. The 26-year-old, who finished second in Friday’s Alpine combined race, dominated his opponents from the outset and clocked a time of 1 minute 58.38 seconds for a fifth career win and 13th podium finish.
America’s Steven Nyman produced a solid run but it wasn’t to be for the 34-year-old who eventually had to settle for second place, 00.35seconds further back.
Local hope Guillermo Fayed just missed out on a podium finish while Switzerland’s Peter Fill came home fifth, moving him to within 26 points of downhill leader Aksel Lund Svindal, who is out for the season after crashing in Kitzbuehel in January.
Skiers will next lock horns at a City Event in Stockholm on Tuesday. The alpine skiing world cup’s parallel slalom will take place under lights, all but ensuring a spectacular event according to our expert Franck Piccard.
Former Olympic Champion Franck Piccard: “When a skiing event takes place in the evening, conditions are usually better. In the daytime, competitors sometimes have to perform in poor visibility but the great thing about artificia lights is that they provide good visibility throughout the course. The intensity of the light can change during the day but not at night and this makes the race more interesting in my opinion. I enjoy going to these events because you can really appreciate how hard skiers work and I just think it makes the sport more entertaining.”