Teenage skiers steal show at World Cup in St. Moritz

Kampschreur, Knight and Bertagnolli record wins on final day of Alpine Skiing World Cup. 22 Dec 2016
Male alpine sit skier races down a mountain

The Netherlands' Jeroen Kampschreur competes in the men's slalom sitting at the alpine skiing World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

ⒸMarcus Hartmann

The Netherlands’ Jeroen Kampschreur recorded his first ever Para alpine skiing World Cup win in the men’s slalom sitting on Thursday (22 December), as racing wrapped up in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

The 17-year-old put on an impressive first run and had more than a one second lead at the start of the second run, which he then comfortably defended. Japan’s Taiki Morii finished second, adding another podium finish to his third place from Monday’s giant slalom. Germany’s Georg Kreiter was third, making it to the podium for the fourth consecutive time this week.

Great Britain’s Millie Knight and guide Brett Wild continued their successful showing in St. Moritz by winning the women’s slalom visually impaired. It was the fourth podium finish in as many races for the 17-year-old this week. Slovakia’s Henrietta Farkasova and her guide Natalia Subrtova finished in second, while Australia’s Melissa Perrine and guide Andrew Bor completed the podium. Knight now has a 20 point lead over Farkasova in the overall World Cup standings.

Italy’s rising star Giacomo Bertagnolli and his guide Fabrizio Casal won the closest of Thursday’s races, edging Slovakia’s Miroslav Haraus and guide Maros Hudik by just 0.01. It was the second World Cup win of the season for the 17-year-old Italian and his third podium in St. Moritz. Poland’s Maciej Krezel and guide Anna Ogarzynska finished third. Haraus still leads Bertagnolli in the overall World Cup standings by 75 points.

Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss topped the podium for a third time in St. Moritz. In the absence of world and Paralympic champion Marie Bochet, Rothfuss beat Slovakia’s Petra Smarzova in the women’s slalom standing. Dutch skier Anna Jochemsen came in third. Rothfuss now has a 300 point lead in the overall World Cup standings ahead of Canada’s Alana Ramsay.

Germany’s success was completed by Anna Schaffelhuber and Anna-Lena Forster in the women’s slalom sitting. Paralympic champion Schaffelhuber took revenge for Wednesday’s (21 December) second place finish behind Forster and beat her teammate by just 0.05 on Thursday. It was her second win this week after Monday’s triumph in giant slalom. She now ties Forster in the overall World Cup standings with 480 points each. Japan’s Momoka Muraoka completed the podium.

Austria’s Thomas Grochar improved on his second place from Wednesday by topping the podium in the men’s slalom standing on the final day of racing. The 23-year-old beat his compatriot Martin Wuerz by 0.15, followed by Finland’s Santeri Kiiveri. Grochar’s victory gives him the overall lead in the World Cup standings with 420 points.

Full results are available at World Para Alpine Skiing’s website.

The first Para alpine skiing World Cup in downhill, super combined and super-G races take place in Innerkrems, Austria, from 11-15 January.

Live results will also be available at World Alpine Skiing's website.

The World Para Alpine Skiing World Championships get underway in Tarvisio, Italy, on 22 January.