Five alpine skiers were able to win multiple titles at the Europa Cup alpine skiing event at Pitzal, Austria on Monday and Tuesday. The event had a giant slalom and two super-G events for most classifications and saw the same names routinely pop up.
This Europa Cup event is truly the opening of the alpine skiing season, with the first world cup event taking place next week. That saw this event be especially competitive as the athletes fought for supremacy to open the season.
The long standing rivalry between German Anna Schaffelhuber and Austrian Claudia Loesch in the women’s sitting showed no sign of stopping. The two both won an event in the classification as they battled through the whole meet.
On Monday Schaffelhuber won the giant slalom barely more than one second ahead of Loesch with Anna-Lena Forster in third for Germany. That forced Loesch to respond and on Tuesday she won the opening super-G race, pushing Schaffelhuber to third. With one final race to split the pair it was Schaffelhuber who claimed the win, with the result identical to the giant slalom on Monday.
There was an impressive come back in the men’s sitting giant slalom for young German Georg Kreiter who recovered from sixth to first with a stunning second run. Kreiter just beat the American Tyler Walker, with South Korean Sang Min Han in third. Kreiter just couldn’t repeat it in the super-G with Swiss skier Christoph Kunz winning, pushing Kreiter to second.
It was all about Andrea Rothfuss in the women’s standing races, as she managed a sweep of all three events. It was the narrowest of margins in the giant slalom event, just beating Canadian Mollie Jepsen by 0.67 seconds.
There was also a triple in the men’s standing events which were claimed by Swiss skier Thomas Pfyl. Yet again it was a margin of just 0.67 seconds which gave Pfyl the giant slalom before he made much lighter work of the super-G events.
A double occurred in the women’s visually impaired classification as Melissa Perrine (Guide, Andrew Bor) claimed gold for Australia. She won both runs in the giant slalom before claiming the first super-G race. The second super-G race saw the Australian settle for bronze as Danelle Umstead (Guide, Rob Umstead, her husband) claimed the top spot in that race.
For the men’s visually impaired classification Slovakian Miroslav Haraus (Guide, Maros Hudik) claimed the win in the giant slalom before backing up and winning the super-G. But in the second super-G Jakub Krako (Guide, Branislav Brozman) claimed the win after coming third in the opening super-G.