FIS ANC Alpine Races
The FIS Australian New Zealand Cup made its stop at Hotham last week, with some big name competitors taking the top spots. This leg of the tour presents the highest level of Alpine ski racing in the Southern Hemisphere, with athletes coming from nations across the globe to compete. The event showcased Olympians, World Cup competitors, National Team entrants, and even up and coming amateurs to provide sensational action for our lucky spectators. All athletes vied for valuable FIS points before the New Zealand leg of the series this week.
The week’s races began on Monday with gorgeous weather for race 1 of the Giant Slalom for both male and female competitors. The sun was shone bright without a cloud to be seen while snow conditions started off firm, softening throughout the day. The Giant Slalom course began at the top of Heavenly Valley, diving down Cornice Pitch and dog-legging at Blue Snake, bringing our competitors to a finish in Snake Gully. Hotham’s own, Greta Small, took the Women’s Race with a combined time of 2.01.04. She was closely followed by New Zealand’s Piera Hudson and Poland’s Sabina Majerczyk, with only three tenths of a second separating the girls. In the Men’s Race, Slovakian Adam Zampa took gold with a combined run time of 1.56.04. He was followed by American Hig Roberts and Australian Luc Chevalier. Day 2 arrived with the challenging conditions of light rain and strong winds in the morning, forcing the Giant Slalom start atop Heavenly Valley to be moved to a safer location at the knuckle of Cornice Pitch. New Zealand’s Piera Hudson pushed through to 1st Place in the women's field, with Greta Small only one tenth of a second behind. Slovakian Adam Zampa continued his dominance in the Men’s category, with Mattias Roenngren of Sweden just hundredths of a second behind.
Day 3 presented stunningly clear blue skies and world cup snow conditions for Race 1 of the Slalom. We saw consistently strong performances from our top ladies, with Small taking out her second gold medal of the week, followed by Majerczyk in 2nd. Zampa remained undefeated, impressively taking his third gold of the week by close to 2 seconds. He was followed by USA’s Nolan Kaspar and Austria’s Mattias Tippelreither. The 4th and final day of competition culminated with course setter Brett Smalley of Hotham setting an extremely tight and technical course, with a total of 64 gates; 8 more than the previous day's course. Sabina Majerczyk pushed through the tricky course to win race 2 by a full 2 seconds, with Aussie Jess Haslau taking 2nd place. Adam Zampa won gold in the Men’s to secure his clean sweep of the week’s races, with Hig Roberts of USA in 2nd.
The Australian New Zealand Cup tour continues this week with stops in New Zealand, where the field will be tested in the events for Super-G, Slalom, and Giant Slalom.
24 August 2014
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