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Sandra Näslund couldn't be beaten today either. © Harald Wisthaler

Schmidt and Näslund triumph in San Candido

The first day of competition at the FIS Ski Cross World Cup 3 Zinnen Dolomites ended with the victories of the Canadian Jared Schmidt and the Swede Sandra Näslung. While Schmidt triumphed at Haunold for the first time, it was record winner Näslund's seventh success in San Candido and her fifth victory in a row. Dominik Zuech from Lana took 21st place.

Sandra Näslund is and remains the queen of San Candido: With strong performances in all heats, the 27-year-old Swede raced to her 38th World Cup victory on Thursday and also took back the overall World Cup lead with her seventh triumph at Haunold. In the final, the Scandinavian once again got off to a perfect start and subsequently gave her competitors no chance.

Second place went to Fanny Smith from Switzerland, while Hannah Schmidt (Canada) completed the podium. Marielle Berger Sabbatel from France, who was the overall World Cup leader before the South Tyrolean classic, had to admit defeat by a narrow margin and settle for fourth place.

The podium from left to right: Fanny Smith, Sansdra Näslund and Hannah Schmidt. © Harald Wisthaler

“I am of course overjoyed that my series is continuing here in San Candido. I like this tendency, but the rest of the organization is also unique. A good start is important because as the leader you can choose your line and run the race the way you want. “Tomorrow (on Friday, editor’s note) I will attack again and try to stay unbeaten for the third year in a row,” said a beaming winner Sandra Näslund.

Schmidt achieves his third win of the season

The decision for the men was much more exciting. Here the photo finish decided in favor of Jared Schmidt, Hannah Schmidt's younger brother. The 26-year-old Canadian is the shooting star of this season and has already celebrated his third success this winter. In Innichen he relegated the French Nicolas Raffort and Youri Duplessis Kergomard to second and third place.

Jared Schmidt is happy about the win. © Harald Wisthaler

“It’s fantastic to win this classic. The slope is perfect, the jumps are long, but everything else always fits in Innichen. So a big thank you to the many helpers who make this World Cup something very special. “I just tried to ski fast – a simple recipe, but one that led to success,” explained Schmidt in the finish area at the foot of the Haunold.

The final decision was extremely close. © Harald Wisthaler

Mathias Graf from Austria, who won the qualification, lost out in the semi-finals, but won the “small final” and ended up fifth. As the best “Azzurro”, Davide Cazzaniga took 12th place, immediately ahead of Federico Tomasoni. Dominik Zuech, a South Tyrolean, was also in the Fianale, but he got stuck in the round of 21 and ultimately took XNUMXst place.

No longer there on Friday

“I'm a little disappointed and would have expected more in the home race. After the start I was in third position, then I tried to overtake the second guy. But he pushed me away a little bit and then Davide Cazzaniga came from behind and overtook us both. I will be training more in giant slalom over Christmas, we had few snow days this year,” summarized Zuech.

The FIS Ski Cross World Cup 3 Zinnen Dolomites ends on Friday with the second decision. With Davide Cazzaniga, Federico Tomasoni and world champion Simone Deromedis, three “Azzurri” will be at the start. Zuech, however, did not qualify for the second decision, but will most likely take part as a forerunner and thus complete a training run under competition conditions.

The result

1.Jared SmithCanada
2.Nicolas RaffortFrance
3.Youri Duplessis KergomardFrance
4.Adam KappacherAustria
5.Mathias GrafAustria
6.Carson CookCanada
7.Tobias BauerSwitzerland
8.Reece HowdenCanada
21.Dominik ZuechSouth Tyrol
39.Yanick GunschSouth Tyrol

1.Sandra NaeslundSweden
2.Fanny SmithSwitzerland
3.Hannah SchmidtCanada
4.Marielle Berger SabbatelFrance
5.Daniela MaierGermany
6.Marielle ThompsonCanada
7.Talina GantenbeinSwitzerland
8.Brittany PhelanCanada

The rest of the program

Friday, 22.12.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX
12.00: Finals
13.45 p.m.: Flower Ceremony and award ceremony

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