Successful Ski World Cup Weekend in St. Moritz
After the Ski World Cup Races in North America the Ladies started their European tour on 8 and 9 December in St. Moritz. A Super-G race was staged on the challenging “Engiadina” run, as was the new format of a Parallel Slalom, which for the first time became part of the regular race programme in the FIS calendar.
On the Saturday and in perfect sunny conditions the Ladies’ competed in a thrilling Super-G after the race had earlier seemed to be threatened by a forecast for unstable weather and strong winds. In an attractive race Mikhaela Shiffrin finished ahead of Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami and Tina Weirather from Lichtenstein.
Following the Super-G the Ladies’ Parallel Slalom took place on the Sunday in – at first – heavy snowfall. The new format had been devised in the months leading up to the event by the International Ski Federation FIS with the aim of further strengthening ski sport by introducing attractive new elements. The Parallel Slalom promises indeed a lot of excitement and action – both for the spectators next to the course and for the TV audiences at home. The race was staked out with around 25 gates starting below the “Rominger Sprung”. The field, consisting of around 60 athletes, first had to prove themselves in a qualification run before the main event took place with 32 athletes.
The athletes were not daunted by the fresh snow and treated the great crowd to a spectacular race. Before the decisive final stages of the race the sun came through and made for ideal racing conditions. In a tightly contested final race Mikhaela Shiffrin prevailed against the Slovak Petra Vhlova and secured her 48th World Cup victory. Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener came third, earning her first podium place of the season.
Ski fans enjoyed not only spectacular sport but also an attractive side programme. On Friday and Saturday evening they celebrated with live concerts featuring Nemo and Pegasus on the Plazza Rosatsch and in the House of Fans with DJs Tanja La Croix and Romeo Blanco