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23.02.2020

Crans-Montana : "Extraordinary, fantastic, perfect competitions"

There have been a multi-pack of races this 2019/20 season in Crans-Montana: no less than 7 competitions organised by the alpine ski races Organising Committee, including a men’s night exhibition slalom (15.01.), three women’s European Cup races (14-16.02) and three women’s World Cup races (21-23.03, the rescheduled Rosa Khutor/RUS Downhill, the Crans-Montana Downhill and the Alpine Combined, with a Super-G and Slalom).

On Sunday, at the end of the World Cup Alpine Combined, Marius Robyr talked about this very special edition in his role as president of the Organising Committee.

"It was an absolutely extraordinary weekend. We had the weather on our side, the piste conditions were excellent, and the fans were quite simply fantastic". In all, 31,000 supporters attended the three races, while the official ceremonies and bib draws attracted 3,000 people each evening at the Ycoor ice rink. After their excellent performances during the day on the demanding Mont Lachaux piste, the athletes were celebrated there as true snow princesses. The Swiss, Lara Gut-Behrami (winner) and Corinne Suter (2nd) dominated the two Downhills on the programme, in the same order each time. The third places went to Stephanie Venier/AUT (rescheduled Downhill from Rosa Khutor) and Nina Ortlieb/AUT (Crans-Montana Downhill). The Alpine Combined saw a victory for the fourth consecutive time for the irresistible Italian Federica Brignone in front of Franziska Gritsch/AUT and Ester Ledecká/CZE.

Marius Robyr appeared happy with the whole ensemble of ski events organised in the Haut-Plateau resort this winter. "From the night exhibition slalom in January to the European Cup and World Cup races, everything was a perfect success." As he is also the executive director for the Crans-Montana/Valais bid for the World Championships, he is convinced that the smooth running of this competition is a "good sign" in view of the choice of site that will be hosting the Worlds in 2025.

"It’s important that we give the best possible presentations in order to win over the 17 members of the FIS council, who have to decide between the three candidates - Crans-Montana, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Saalbach-Hinterglemm - at the FIS congress which will take place between 18 and 22 May", he concludes.