Swiss Alpine Skiers Dominate FIS World Cup in Europe
Swiss athletes won races in both France for the men's circuit and in Germany for the women's
Loic Meillard competes in the slalom race during the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup
Two Swiss skiers dominated the FIS Alpine World Cup this past weekend, a men’s athlete in Chamonix, France and a women’s athlete in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Loic Meillard beat out another Swiss in the final to win the final men’s World Cup parallel giant slalom of the season on Sunday. He crossed the finish line 0.25 seconds ahead of Thomas Tumbler in a race that was roughly 20 seconds long.
The race features side-by-side competitors speeding down identical giant slalom courses where they must weave around a set of poles lining the course. Meillard has made it to the podium four different times this FIS World Cup season, but Sunday marked his first gold. In the only other parallel giant slalom this season, he placed ninth.
The win edged Meillard up to ninth in overall Cup standings, though the FIS World Cup’s overall rankings remain dominated by Norwegians. Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen is in first place with 903 total points, followed by Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde with 856 points.
Meanwhile, Swiss skier Corinne Suter won the first women’s World Cup super-G race of her career, four weeks after winning her first downhill on the FIS circuit. She beat out Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer in the timed speed race by 0.43 seconds.
Suter, who now leads the standings in both the super-g and downhill disciplines, is fifth in the overall FIS tour rankings. American Mikaela Shiffrin remains in No. 1 with 1,225 points, ahead of second place Federica Brignone, of Italy, with 1,080 points.
The next leg of the men’s World Cup tour will take place this Thursday and Friday in Austria for the downhill and super-G disciplines. The race replaces a previously scheduled event in China, which was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns. The next women's events will take place next weekend in Slovenia.