IT WAS TIGHT, very tight. The time difference in the men’s Super G from the winner to 20th place was less than one second, with only two-hundredths between the top three. But Frenchman Nils Alphand had the margins on his side, taking first place in a race that unfortunately saw some casualties.
The men’s Super G was technical, and 29 of the athletes didn’t make it to the finish. One of them was Swedish athlete Zack Monsén, who was understandably disappointed after his race.
“I feel bad about it. I had a good line but came on my inner ski into the ‘Brings’ and that didn’t work. It’s quite a technical course,” Monsén said.
Nils Alphand, France, first time participant in the Juniors, son of famous skier Luc Alphand, had no reason to be anything but happy, however. He pushed himself ahead Raphael Haaser, Austria, by just one-hundredths of a second.
”It was icy and a bit bumpy too, but I did a pretty good run and it was cool,” Alphand says.
He did struggle a bit with the technical parts of the slope after the steep pitch, just like many others.
”There were a lot of turns and you have to really be strong and push for it. I did it and it paid off, it was a bit technical but a good Super G”.
Wearing bib 22, Alphand showed that the conditions were good enough for lower ranked athletes to push ahead. As did third runner up Seymel Bissig, Switzerland, who moved Canadian Sam Mulligan off the podium with a time difference of two-hundredths. Raphael Haaser’s time stood the test though and that meant a second podium for the Austrian, who came in third in the men’s Downhill on Tuesday.
The next competition in the FIS Junior Alpine World Ski Championships is the ladies’ Super G which starts at 13.30 CET.
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