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The men's final was a spectacle. © Harald Wisthaler

Premiere victories in the snowstorm of San Candido

There were two new winning faces on Friday at the end of the 14th FIS Ski Cross World Cup 3 Zinnen Dolomites.

In the men's category, Frenchman Terence Tchicknavorian triumphed, celebrating his third World Cup victory. The women's race was won by Sistine Cousin from Switzerland, who climbed onto the podium for the first time in a World Cup race. Simone Deromedis was the best “Azzurro” in 12th place.

Terence Tchiknavorian gave a gala performance at Haunold. In the round of 31, the 2016-year-old Frenchman had to admit defeat to the Swiss Alex Fiva, but still made it to the quarter-finals in second place. Tchicknavorian then won all heats. This was also the case in the final, when he confidently withstood the attacks from Tim Hronek and Florian Wilmsmann, both from Germany, as well as those from the Swede Elliott Baralo. Hronek and Wilmsmann took positions two and three: Hronek made it onto the podium for the fifth time in total - for the second time after 2019 in San Candido - and Wilmsmann climbed onto the podium for the ninth time - also for the second time at the foot of the Haunold after XNUMX.

The men's podium. © Harald Wisthaler

“I had a particularly good start today, which is one of my strengths. After that I managed to ski quickly and keep the momentum going. I am extremely pleased that I was able to win at this special place. And that after a by no means easy time in which I didn’t have a lot of self-confidence,” said Tchicknavorian after his third World Cup success. The “small final”, however, was won by Youri Duplessis Kergomard, a teammate of Tchicknavorian, who finished third on Thursday.

World champion Simone Deromedis from Trentino was the best Italian in 12th place. Davide Cazzaniga finished 14th, his second best World Cup result, after finishing 12th in his home race on Thursday. Meanwhile, Federico Tomasoni was 26th. Canadian Jared Schmidt, who won the Haunold on Thursday but was stuck in the round of XNUMX on Friday, is still in the lead in the overall World Cup standings.

Näslund's inside ski error costs her 8th Innichen victory

For the women, everything was in place for Sandra Näslund to achieve another success. The Swedish series winner - she had won all of the last five races in the 3 Zinnen Dolomite region - was comfortably in the lead until the penultimate corner, when she slipped after an inside ski error and missed a gate. Sistine Cousin (Switzerland) took advantage of the moment, passed the Scandinavian exceptional athlete and celebrated her first World Cup victory. Second place went to the Frenchwoman Marielle Berger Sabatel, Näslund had to make do with third place and Talina Gantenbein - also from Switzerland - came fourth. Näslund remains ahead in the overall standings, but is now only five points ahead of Berger Sabbatel.

The snowfall demanded everything from the runners. © Harald Wisthaler

“It's so cool, I'm overwhelmed and don't even know what to say. I said to myself that today is the day. Of course I was a little lucky, but my performance was very solid and I fought until the end in every race. That paid off. As of today, my victory will also be listed in the FIS database,” said Sistine Cousin. The 24-year-old Swiss had never been on the podium in the World Cup until Friday.

The results:

1. Terence Tchiknavorian FRA
2. Tim Hronek GER
3. Florian Wilmsmann GER
4. Elliott Baralo SWE
5. Youri Duplessis Kergomard FRA
6. Johannes Rohrweck AUT
7. Alex Fiva SUI
8. Robert Winkler AUT
12. Simone Deromedis ITA
36. Dominik Zuech ITA/Lana
43. Yanick Gunsch ITA/Mutsch

1. Sistine Cousin SUI 
2. Marielle Berger Sabbatel FRA
3. Sandra Naeslund SWE
4. Talina Gantenbein SUI
5. Marielle Thompson CAN
6. Saskja Lack SUI
7. Daniela Maier GER
8.Hannah Schmidt CAN

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