Double Swiss success on day two of Europa Cup Finals

Pfyl and Kunz give home fans something to cheer in Obersaxen 27 Mar 2018
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Thomas Pfyl claimed gold on day two of the Europa Cup Finals

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Thomas Pfyl and Christoph Kunz gave the home crowd a double reason to celebrate as they skied to gold in their respective super-combined races on the second day of competition (27 March) at the World Para Alpine Skiing Europa Cup Finals in Obersaxen, Switzerland.

Turin 2006 silver medallist Pfyl bounced back after finishing third in the super-G to win the men’s standing. Austrian two-time PyeongChang 2018 bronze medallist Markus Salcher added silver to the gold he had claimed in the previous race. Pfyl’s compatriot Robin Cuche sealed bronze.

The other Swiss gold of the day was won by 36-year-old Kunz in the sitting category.

The former double Paralympic champion, who was far from reaching the podium at this year’s Winter Paralympics, ended second to Rene de Silvestro in the slalom run but first in the super-G to claim the victory. The Italian took silver and Switzerland’s Murat Pelit bronze.

Italy’s Melania Corradini took another step towards the Europa Cup title in the women’s standing as she won her second gold in Obersaxen in the super-combined event. Switzerland’s Bigna Schmidt and Spain’s Ursula Pueyo Marimon completed the podium.

Germany’s Ruth Hagspiel also claimed her second gold at the Finals after winning the women’s super-combined sitting ahead of Dutch skier Barbara van Bergen.

France’s Thomas Civade, guided by Fabien Chambost, took the last gold of the day in the men’s vision impaired.

Competition will continue on Wednesday (28 March) with the giant slalom events.

Live results are available on World Para Alpine Skiing’s website.