Saturday, January 2, 2016

Parallel Giant Slalom

Do you want to see head-to-head fights between the best Giant Slalom racers? This is exactly what the new Giant Parallel Slalom is for. In Alta Badia, on Monday 21 December 2015, this new discipline has been introduced in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup and the show was great: a very compact, TV-friendly product with lots of action and fun for the spectators!


On December 21st the legendary Gran Risa slope was spectacularly illuminated for a new and further innovative Ski World Cup competition: the Parallel Giant Slalom competition, which is now an official discipline of the FIS,
The 16 athletes from the WCSL of the giant slalom, the best 4 athletes of the WCSL-Overall and the best 12 athletes of the first run of Sunday 20th December were in a challenging race
The first of it’s kind on the World Cup, today’s PGS was full of surprises, with many pre-race favorites making early exits and a dark horse or two providing thrilling action in the new format.
Norwegians Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal had spent the last hour methodically picking off opponent after opponent on the modified Gran Risa slope. At the end, it was Jansrud who took his first victory of the season,
Third-place finisher Andre Myhrer of Sweden took the victory in the small final by a sizable margin over German surprise contender Dominik Schwaiger, whose best World Cup result before the night was 19th in the previous day’s GS. This result marks Myhrer’s first trip to the podium since his runner-up finish in the 2014 Adelboden slalom.

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