Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova, Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss and Austria’s Markus Salcher skied their way to World Para Alpine Skiing World Cup super-G globes in PyeongChang, South Korea, on Tuesday (14 March).
World champion Farkasova sealed her place at the top of the women’s visually impaired standings with her latest race win, guided by Natalia Subrtova.
With the victory, the Slovakian completed a 100 per cent podium record in the super-G in her comeback season. It is also her second World Cup globe after claiming the giant slalom in Hakuba, Japan, last week.
Great Britain’s Millie Knight, with guide Brett Wild, added crucial points to her campaign with second. The 18-year-old could still achieve a top three finish with one super-G race remaining on Wednesday (15 March).
Australia’s Melissa Perrine, the 2015 world champion, was third with guide Andrew Bor.
Italy’s Worlds bronze medallist Giacomo Bertagnolli beat Canada’s world champion Mac Marcoux to the top of the race podium in the men’s visually impaired, guided by Fabrizio Casal.
Marcoux was second with guide Jack Leitch, leading Slovakia’s current rankings leader Miroslav Haraus and guide Maros Hudik into third.
The result leaves Haraus with a 50 point buffer at the top of the rankings heading into the final race.
Rothfuss only needed a third place finish to seal the globe in the women’s standing, adding to her giant slalom title from Hakuba.
But her main rival, world and Paralympic champion Marie Bochet, topped the race podium on her return to the World Cup circuit. The French skier was out injured for the start of the season, returning just in time for January’s World Championships where she won her 14th title.
With second place, Canada’s Alana Ramsay maintains the same spot in the rankings.
Austria’s world and Paralympic title holder Salcher also grabbed the men’s standing globe with a third place race finish.
French 16-year-old Arthur Bauchet continued to give his competitors something to think about however, claiming his first super-G victory at this level. Christoph Bernhard Schneider led teammate Salcher in second.
An exciting conclusion is expected in the men’s and women’s sitting following Tuesday’s results.
In the women’s, Germany’s Paralympic champion and Austria’s Worlds gold medallist Claudia Loesch will take their rankings battle to the last race.
Schaffelhuber took the win over second-placed Loesch to move 60 points clear at the top of the rankings.
Japan’s Momoka Muraoka was third and herself remains in contention for the World Cup title.
The USA’s Worlds bronze medallist Andrew Kurka powered his way to the top of the table with victory in the men’s sitting.
The Netherlands’ Jeroen Kampschreur was second, followed by Japan’s Paralympic silver medallist Taiki Morii.
Kurka now holds a 25 point lead over Switzerland’s Christoph Kunz, followed by Morii in third.
Racing continues at the World Cup Finals in PyeongChang with the second super-G on Wednesday. The World Cup doubles as the Test Event for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games.
Full results are available at World Para Alpine Skiing’s website.
Pictures are available here.