There was a lot of action today on the slopes worldwide starting with the Men’s FIS Alpine World Cup in Adelboden, Switzerland earlier today with an all European top 20 in this Giant Slalom won by Felix Neureuther of Germany with a total time of 2:34:60 ahead of Thomas Fanara of France taking the second place with +0.10 and Marcel Hirscher of Austria in third with +0.19.
In the Women’s FIS Alpine World Cup, two Austrian racers ended up high on the podium of the Downhill taking place in Altenmarkt / Zauchensee, Austria. Elisabeth Goergl in first place with a time of 1:47:45 and Anna Fenninger second with +0.56. Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany came third with +0.63.
In the women’s Snowboard Cross World Cup at Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra, Dominique Maltais of Canada won first place over Alexandra Jekova of Bulgaria taking second place and Lindsey Jacobellis of the USA taking third. In the men’s event Trevor Jacob of the USA triumphed in the first of two snowboard cross races over Stian Sivertzen of Norway and Omar Visintin of Italy, taking second and third place.
In the Men’s Nordic Combined at Chaux-Neuve, France, Mikko Kokslien of Norway was able to wrench the victory from the German dominator. He crossed the finish line 0.9 seconds ahead of his teammates Magnus Krog and Joergen Graabak +1.3, making this competition a total triumph of the Norwegian athletes. Tomorrow a Team Sprint competition is on schedule at Chaux-Neuve. The jumping starts at 12:30, the race at 15:00.
In the Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup at Tauplitz-bad Mitterndorf, Austria, with his first win in the World Cup since more than ten years Noriaki Kasai of Japan is now the oldest winner in World Cup history at age 41 (41 years, seven months and four days to be exact!). The ski flying World Champion of 1992 won with jumps on 196 m and 197 m and a total of 391.6 points ahead of the 20 years younger Slovene Peter Prevc and record World Cup winner Gregor Schlierenzauer. The second competition at the Kulm-hill will take place on Sunday at 2:15 pm CET. Noriaki Kasai already knows what he wants to do then: “Ski flying is fun. I want to win.”