Exciting dead-heat concludes IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup action

A dead-heat between Dutch skier Jeroen Kampschreur and Germany’s Georg Kreiter highlighted the last day of the IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup in Landgraaf, the Netherlands, on Friday (20 November). 

The pair went head-to-head in the slalom men’s sitting on the indoor course at Snowworld with Kampschreur leading after the first run on home snow.

However as the competition progressed, nothing could separate them, and both skiers finished with a combined time of 1:25.13 to share the top podium place.

In a further twist the winner from Thursday’s (19 November) Europa Cup slalom, Poland’s Igor Sikorski, was also strong and finished just nine tenths behind in 1:25.22.

On the women’s side Germany’s Anna-Lena Forster (1:35.32) claimed her second consecutive win, once again beating Austrian world champion Claudia Loesch (1:36.38). Forster put in a strong performance, only trailing Loesch on the final run.

The Netherlands’ Linda van Impelen (1:41.38) finished third.

In the men’s standing Austrian Martin Wuerz (1:25.82) improved on his second place finish from Thursday. Jeffrey Stuut (1:25.88) was close behind in second, as was Finland’s 15-year-old Santeri Kiiveri (1:26.03) on his Europa Cup debut with third.

German Paralympic champion Andrea Rothfuss (1:37.76) took the victory once again in the women’s standing to cement her early lead at the top of the Cup table.

After finishing third on the previous day, Switzerland’s Bigna Schmidt (1:40.40) claimed second. Russian Anastasiia Khorosheva (1:45.49) completed the podium.

Rothfuss’ teammate Noemi Ewa Ristau (1:31.64) and guide Luise Mona Holland went two-for-two in the women’s visually impaired.

Great Britain’s Menna Fitzpatrick (1:32.17), guided by Jen Kehoe, was second and Belgium’s Marie-Morgane Dessart (1:46.12), with guide Marine-Francoise Antoine, was third.

Full results are available at http://www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing/calendar-and-results.

More than 60 skiers from 14 countries gathered in Landgraaf for the first IPC Alpine Skiing Europa Cup of the 2015-16 season.

The next edition is scheduled for Pitztal, Austria, between 14-15 December and will feature super combined and super-G.

Congratulations Owen Pick and Rich Ward. This is Rich’s first World Cup so it’s an amazing achievement to make the top 15 in the world, and the only double below in the category.

Around 70 athletes from 17 countries are also in Landgraaf for the second IPC Snowboard World Cup of the season, which concludes on Friday.