ZAUCHENSEE (KDN) – Christine Scheyer of Austria won postponed FIS Alpine Ski World Cup downhill race in Zauchensee by edging out top favorites Tina Weirather of Lichtenstein, Lara Gut of Switzerland, the downhill super star Ilka Stuhec from Slovenia. Lindsey Vonn, who returned to the Ski World Cup circuit after a long injury, landed on 13th position.
It was a stormy weekend both in Wengen and Zauchensee. New snow fall, strong wind, dense fog along the race tracks were the reasons that forced International Ski Federation (FIS) to cancel Sunday’s Alpine Combined and postpone ladies downhill of Zauchensee, Austria. Men’s traditional downhill race in Wengen, Switzerland, was also cancelled for the same reasons.
Ladies hit the gates of the shortened downhill course with the rising the sun in Zauchensee on Sunday, with top favorites crossing finish line one after another and lining up for top 3. But it was the newcomer Christine Scheyer of Austria who stole the show in front of around ten thousand spectators.
The 22-year-old Scheyer completed the race in a total time of 1:21.15 minutes to top the podium and claim her first podium ahead of Lichtenstein’s Tina Weirather and Jacqueline Wiles of the United States. Weirather took second by 0.39 seconds behind and Wiles trailing Scheyer by 0.54 seconds.
“I had a great run in the training and was hoping to repeat it during the race. I risked a lot and the things went pretty well” Scheyer said.
In Men’s FIS Alpine Ski World Cup slalom race taking place in Wengen, Switzerland, Sunday, Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen claimed victory. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher came second. Germany’s Felix Neureuther third.
Kristoffersen clocked a total time of 1:43.31 mins in two runs to add another win to his successful career. Overall World Cup leader Hirscher, who finished the first run as 4th, 0.56 seconds behind the Norwegian, had a brilliant second run but was not enough to award him the first place.
FIS Alpine Ski World Cup tour will continue with Ladies downhill and super G in Germany’s Garmisch Partenkirchen, from 21 to 22 January and with men’s downhill, super G, Alpine combined and slalom races in Kitzbuehel, Austria, scheduled for January 20-22.