A „Socially Distanced“ Return for the FIS Giant Slalom in Sölden
Six of MDV’s athletes attended the opening round of the FIS Giant Slalom in Sölden this weekend, as racing returned on to the Rettenbach glacier high above the iconic resort of Sölden.
The course starts at 3,040 metres and winds its way down to the finish, some 370 metres below. A maximum incline of 65% resulting in an average speed of between 65km/h and 80 km/h shows just how steep and demanding this course was.
The women kicked off proceedings on Saturday with Norway’s Mina Fuerst Holtmann managing an amazing 5th place! This showed that despite a disruptive off-season, Mina has trained well and is ready to build on this brilliant opening performance.
New Zealand’s Alice Robinson had a good first run and decided to lay it all on the line for her second. Unfortunately pushing the limits did not pay off as she made a mistake in her second run. Despite this however, she still managed a very respectable 12th place.
Tina Robnik had a strong first run and qualified for her second, but she sadly crashed in her second run resulting in a DNF. Andrea Filser and Luisa Bertani both laid down promising first runs but a very competitive and tightly packed start list left Andrea and Luisa outside the qualifying times for a second run, with Andrea 2,6 seconds from qualifying and Luisa 3,3 seconds.
Sunday saw the men take on Sölden’s Giant Slalom course and MDV’s Sam Maes managed a great 18th place. The young Belgian was only 0.7 seconds of a top ten finish and will head into the next round as motivated as ever!
The next round of the FIS Giant Slalom takes place in Val d’Isere, France, so tune in on the 5th of December to see more!
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