Slovakia and Austria do Well in St Mortiz Alpine Skiing World Cup

Frenchman Arthur Bauchet celebrates his win (Photo: SkiChrono)

The Alpine Skiing World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland continued on Tuesday with the main event being a resumption of the women’s visually impaired rivalry between Slovakian Henrieta Fakasova (Guide, Natalia Subrtova) and Great Britain’s Millie Knight (Guide, Brett Wild). This time it was Fakasova who got the win in the second giant slalom event.

Both skiiers managed phenomenal runs in the second giant slalom but Fakasova’s run was just enough, winning by just 0.38 seconds. The podium was completed by another Briton in Kelly Gallagher (Guide, Gary Smith) who finished a fair way behind the two front runners.

Slovakia did the double in the visually impaired classifications as Marek Kubacka (Guide, Maria Zatovicova) won the men’s classification. Italy was sandwiched between two Slovakians with Giacomo Bertagnolli (Guide, Fabrizio Casal) in second and Jakub Krako (Guide, Branislav Brozman) in third.

Austria was also a strong country on Tuesday as Roman Rabl continued his strong season in the men’s sitting. Rabl won, getting his fourth win of the season ahead of American Tyler Walker and German Georg Kreiter.

The women’s sitting also saw an Austrian winner when Claudia Loesch claimed the win with a big margin. Loesch finished almost two seconds clear of German Anna-Lena Forster and Japanese skier Momoka Muraoka.

After having a win in his first ever world cup appearance on Monday, the French teenager Arthur Bauchet remained undefeated in the men’s standing. Again it was a tight finish, as he beat Australian Mitchell Gourley by just 0.22 seconds.

The women’s standing was claimed by German Andrea Rothfuss claimed the gold beating out Slovakian Petra Smarzova and Canadian Erin Latimer. The events will continue on Wednesday and Thursday with the slalom events.


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