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The qualification at Haunold offered a lot of action. © Harald Wisthaler

The ski cross spectacle in San Candido has begun

In the qualification for the first of two Ski Cross World Cup races on Haunold, two of last year's winners achieved the best time. Three Azzurri also bought the ticket for the final on Thursday, including Dominik Zuech from Lana.

Among the men, Mathias Graf from Austria completed the 1430 meter long course with a 233 meter difference in altitude and 53 elements the fastest; among the women, the Swede Sandra Näslund was in a class of her own.


A perfectly prepared slope, a cloudless sky, bright sunshine and temperatures around freezing point: the best ski crossers in the world could not have found better conditions on Tuesday in the first qualification for the World Cup race on Thursday in the 3 Zinnen Dolomite region. And they rewarded the top requirements with strong performances.

Above all, Mathias Graf, who achieved the fastest time of 1.13,55:27 minutes. The 0,8-year-old, who won one of two World Cups in San Candido last year, was 0,84 seconds faster than his ÖSV teammate Johannes Aujeski. The third fastest time went to Jonas Lenherr from Switzerland, who lost XNUMX seconds to Graf.

Three Azzurri in the final on Thursday

Three athletes from the Italian national team will also compete in the final on Thursday. Federico Tomasoni (Castione della Presolana/Bergamo) achieved the sixth fastest time.

Dominik Zuech finished 19th. © Harald Wisthaler


Local hero Dominik Zuech (Lana) made it to the final with 19th time and Davide Cazzaniga (Correzzana/Monza), who was the last to go on the technically selective course, placed 30th. World champion Simone Deromedis (Predaia/Trentino) remained as 42nd in qualifying.
“You might want a little too much in front of your own fans.” Dominik Zuech

“You might want to do a little too much in front of your own fans and that’s why I was a little inhibited today. I slowed down a few times. “But of course I’m happy that I was able to qualify for the first final on Thursday,” said Dominik Zuech. His South Tyrolean teammate Yanick Gunsch had to give up with the 39th time.

Yanik Gunsch (r.) in conversation with coach Siegmar Klotz (l.). © Harald Wisthaler


“It really annoys me because again I'm only a few tenths (0,19 seconds, editor's note) away from the final here in San Candido. But I won’t let my head down and will attack again tomorrow (Wednesday),” said the 26-year-old Malser.

Näslund can extend his record

In the women's race, record winner Sandra Näslund was unbeatable. The 27-year-old from Sweden, who has already triumphed in San Candido six times and has been undefeated for two years, completed the course in 1.17,97:1,07 minutes. The Olympic champion and four-time world champion was XNUMX seconds faster than the Canadian Marielle Thompson.

Sandra Näslund was in a class of her own. © Harald Wisthaler


The third time in the first of two qualifications went to the Swiss Fanny Smith (+1,10). Thompson, the 2014 Olympic champion, has seven podium finishes to her name in San Candido, but has never won the South Tyrolean classic. Smith, world champion in 2013, has triumphed four times on the Haunold. There was no Italian athlete at the start.

The ski cross week in San Candido continues on Wednesday with qualification for the final on Friday. The start is scheduled for 11.45 a.m. In the evening, the heats for the final on Thursday will be presented at the Christmas market in Innichen from 18 p.m.


Ski Cross World Cup in San Candido, program:

Wednesday, 20.12.2023
11.45 a.m.: Qualification women's race 2
12.15 p.m.: Qualification men's race 2
18 p.m.: Presentation of Heats Finale Race 1 at the Christmas market in San Candido

Thursday, 21.12.2023
11.45 a.m.: Finals
13.20:XNUMX p.m.: Flower Ceremony
18 p.m.: Award ceremony and presentation of heats final race 2 at the Christmas market in San Candido

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

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