ANC Race wrap up

2017 ANC Thredbo (21st – 24th August)

 

The weather and snow conditions were “A” class for the first leg of the Australia New Zealand Continental Cup, an international FIS Alpine event, “sibling” to the Europa Cup. Australia’s Alpine Racing community gathered in Thredbo last week to compete and watch four action-packed days of exhilarating Giant Slalom and Slalom race action on the World Cup course.

 

Over 120 competitors (accompanied by coaches) from eighteen countries pitted themselves against each other and the mountain, in a quest to improve their international FIS points ranking, gain a World Cup starting position, and secure a place in their respective nation’s 2018 Winter Olympic Games team, to compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February.

 

“This is the most impressive field of alpine racers that any Australian ski resort has seen since Thredbo hosted the World Cup in 1989” said BJ Kaufmehl, race director for Thredbo Ski Racing Club (TSRC), which managed and hosted this event.

 

To be exposed to such a comprehensive group of World Cup and Olympic race veterans is inspirational for Australian racers. TSRC has a team of 80 young adults and children in their training programme, many of whom were out on the course watching, learning and assisting with the smooth running of the event. During the races, a team of ‘slippers’ slipped the courses, evening out the ruts caused by the racers’ aggressive turns. Ski Snowboard Australia officials were also lending a hand and shovel maintaining the course.

 

 

Junior Australian racers Madison Hoffman in GS and Slalom disciplines, along with Lily Tomkinson and Kathryn Parker in the Slalom, achieved significant PBs, all sharing Junior age group (U21) podiums.

 

The Swedish women were undefeatable in all Ladies events scooping the podium positions, while German, Austrian and New Zealand men shared the Male trophies.

 

TSRC awards the historic Thredbo Cup from this series. This trophy is presented annually to the athlete who claims the best overall points in both first days’ races (one GS and Slalom). Skiing legends including Ingemar Stenmark, Jean Claude Killy and Simon Wi Rutene are all previous victors of this trophy. Fittingly, Simon was the TD (technical delegate from FIS) overseeing the races in Thredbo, and presented the trophy to the current winners, Sara Hector from Sweden, and Adam Zampa of Slovakia.

 

TSRC President, Dr Felicity Bidencope acknowledged the tireless effort from the whole event team and the resort management at Thredbo. The organisational and volunteer work from over a hundred club members, former TSRC athletes, families, and coaches that occurs behind the scenes to coordinate such an event is substantial but essential for our Ski Racing sport to continue. Club training and national level races are the backbone of an alpine athlete’s career development if they wish to progress to our national team and international competition. Thredbo Ski Race Club wishes to thank all those involved, with a special cheer from the racers and volunteers for the catering team.

 

The full results can be viewed at: https://data.fis-ski.com/dynamic/results.

For further information on the Thredbo Ski Race Club, please contact Dr Felicity Bidencope (TSRC President) on 0419 231 490 or visit the website www.thredboskiracing.com

 

Results for Monday 21st August – GIANT SLALOM

 

Junior Ladies’ Giant Slalom

1st Julia Mutschlechner (GER)

2nd Alice Robinson (NZL)

3rd Jessica Anderson (GBR)

 

Junior Men’s Giant Slalom

1st Thomas Dorner (AUT)

2nd Sam Maes (BEL)

3rd Zak Vintner (GBR)

 

Open Ladies’ Giant Slalom

1st Sara Hector (SWE)

2nd Bettina Schneeberger (SUI)

3rd Piera Hudson (NZL)

 

Open Men’s Giant Slalom

1st Adam Barwood (NZL)

2nd Willis Feasey (NZL)

3rd Daniel Meier (AUT)

 

Results for Tuesday 22nd August – GIANT SLALOM

 

Junior Ladies’ Giant Slalom

1st Julia Mutschlechner (GER)

2nd Alice Robinson (NZL)

3rd Madison Hoffman (AUS)

 

Junior Men’s Giant Slalom

1st Sam Maes (BEL)

2nd Thomas Dorner (AUT)

Tom Verbeke (BEL)

 

Open Ladies’ Giant Slalom

1st Sara Hector (SWE)

2nd Estelle Alphand (SWE)

3rd Piera Hudson (NZL)

 

Open Men’s Giant Slalom

1st Daniel Meier (AUT)

2nd Andreas Zampa (SVK)

3rd Krystof Kryzl (CZE)

 

Results for Wednesday 23rd August – SLALOM

 

Junior Ladies’ Slalom

1st Julia Mutschlechner (GER)

2nd Lily Tomkinson (AUS)

3rd Kathryn Parker (AUS

 

Junior Men’s Slalom

1st Zak Vintner (GBR)

2nd Sam Maes (BEL)

3rd Florian Spiecker (AUT)

 

Open Ladies’ Slalom

1st Estelle Alphand (SWE)

2nd Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE)

3rd Sara Hector (SWE)

 

Open Men’s Slalom

1st Linus Strasser (GER)

2nd Robby Kelley (USA)

3rd Krystof Kryzl (CZE)

 

Results for Thursday 24th August

 

Junior Ladies’ Slalom

1st Julia Mutschlechner (GER)

2nd Madison Hoffman (AUS)

3rd Jessica Anderson (GBE)

 

Junior Men’s Slalom

1st Thomas Dorner (AUT)

2nd Sam Maes (BEL)

3rd Florian Spiecker (AUT)

 

Open Ladies’ Slalom

1st Sara Hector (SWE)

2nd Magdalena Fjaellstroem (SWE)

3rd Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE)

 

Open Men’s Slalom

1st Linus Strasser (GER)

2nd Stefan Luitz (GER)

3rd Robby Kelley (USA)

 

 

Thredbo Cup 2017- Ladies

1st Sara Hector (SWE)

2nd Julia Mutschlechner (GER)

 

Thredbo Cup 2017 Men

1st Adam Zampa (SVK)

2nd Stefan Luitz (GER)

 

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