Slalom Starts at St Moritz Alpine World Cup

Takeshi Suzuki (Photo: Laura Hale, Creative Commons License)

The slalom took over at the St. Moritz Para Alpine Skiing World Cup on Wednesday with some new winners as things moved on. The main story was the return to form of Japanese skier Takeshi Suzuki who claimed a big win.

While Suzuki did not have the fastest time in either run of the men’s sitting he did finish in the top three in both runs. That was enough for him to go to the very top with the best combined time, behind him was American Tyler Walker who recovered from a poor first run while German Georg Kreiter finished third.

The women’s sitting was a German double as Anna-Lena Forster just beat out her team-mate Anna Schaffelhuber. Forster managed the fastest first run and that proved the difference between the two, with American Laurie Stephens finishing third, her first time on the podium this season.

There was a first win of the season for Ana Jochemsen of the Netherlands in the women’s sitting as she cruised through. German Andrea Rothfuss continued a good run for Germany as she finished second, while Canadian Erin Latimer continued her good season with another podium, finishing third.

French teenager Arthur Bauchet continued to dominate the men’s standing as he claimed his third straight win continuing his perfect start to his career. Swiss skier Thomas Grochar just behind by 0.81 seconds with Australian Mitchell Gourley finishing third.

Miroslav Haraus (Guide, Maros Hudik) continued his good form as he managed to win the men’s visually impaired. He finished only 0.15 seconds ahead of Italian Giacomo Bertagnolli (Guide, Fabrizio Casal) with Spaniard Jon Santacana Maiztegui (Guide, Miguel Galindo) finishing third.

There was another first win of the season in the women’s visually impaired as Melissa Perrine (Guide, Andrew Bor) claimed the win. Mille Knight of Great Britain (Guide, Brett Wild) finished just 0.46 seconds behind with Slovakian Henrieta Farkasova (Guide, Natalia Subrtova) finishing third.

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