Gauthier-Manuel falls short to Bugaev at World Cup

Fifteen-year-old Russian Alexey Bugaev defeated France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel to win his first IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup race. 14 Jan 2013
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France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel recorded a time of 1:53.48 on the slopes of St. Moritz, Switzerland, good enough for second place in the men’s giant slalom at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup.


Almost 90 athletes from 19 countries competed in the second leg of the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Russia’s Alexey Bugaev has won his first IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup race at the age of 15. In snowy, below-freezing conditions, he finished the men’s giant slalom in 1:52.70 on Sunday (13 January).

Almost 90 athletes from 19 countries competed in the second leg of the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Bugaev is now ranked second in his category with 210 points. Austria’s Matthias Lanzinger, who had been jointly leading the giant slalom rankings with 180 points alongside Australia’s Mitch Gourley, crashed on the first run. Gourley came fifth, but has the most points (225). France’s Vincent Gauthier-Manuel (1:53.48) came second and Switzerland’s Michael Bruegger was third.

Austria’s Roman Rabl (1:58.54) won the men’s sitting giant slalom, defeating Switzerland’s Christoph Kunz (1:59.18) who won both events last week in Sestriere. Kunz still leads the rankings with 280 points, and Rabl has 212. USA’s Tyler Walker (2:00.60) finished in third place.

In the men’s visually impaired category, Canada’s Chris Williamson and Spain’s Yon Santacana Maiztegui were neck-and-neck with 180 points before Sunday’s race. But Williamson crashed out on the first run, allowing the Spaniard to solidify his lead. Santacana (1:56.30) came first and is now storming ahead of the rankings with 280 points. Slovakia’s Jakub Krako (2:01.79) came second guided by Martin Motyka and Poland’s Maciej Krezel (2:02.47) got third place with guide Anna Ogarzynska.

In the women’s giant slalom visually impaired, Russia’s Alexandra Frantseva (2:10.08) guided by Pavel Zabotin leads the rankings with 260 points. Slovakia’s Henrieta Farkasova did not finish the second run, but is still ranked close behind with 200 points.

France’s Marie Bochet (2:00.50) continued her winning streak, winning her fifth World Cup event in a row in the women’s giant slalom standing. Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss (2:03.72) came second, whilst Russia’s Maiya Poulova (2:06.14) had the third-fastest time.

Austria’s Claudia Loesch also continued her winning streak in the women’s giant slalom sitting, finishing in 2:06.21. USA’s Laurie Stephens (2:13.74) was in second place, and Canada’s Kimberly Joines (2:19.94) finished third. Loesch now has 300 points, Stephens is ranked second with 190 points and USA’s Alana Nichols, who crashed out on the first run, is in third place with 140 points.

The competition continues on Monday (14 January) with the second giant slalom event. Please visit the IPC Alpine Skiing calendar and results page for more details.

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