1 Other winter sports

Tommy Rabanser on his snowboard.

The alpine ski racers and snowboarders deliver

Last weekend, South Tyrol's young winter sports talent was again in great demand. For example, the Raiffeisen Grand Prix 2023/24 continued at the weekend with two races for the State Cup.

A total of 301 racers from the U16 and U14 age groups competed on the Masarè piste in the Carezza Dolomites ski area and competed in a Super-G.


Arianna Putzer won the U16 (Allievi) age group for the young women. The Val Gardena talent reached the finish after 43,44 seconds, relegating Sophie Schweigl (Kronplatz Ski Team) and Rittner Victoria Klotz (44,04) to second and third place. David Angerer (Seiser Alm) celebrated the day's victory among the boys of the same age. His time was 42,89 seconds. Behind them, Max Spögler (43,40) from Sarner and Matthias Mahlknecht (Gröden/43,44) completed the podium.

Simon Kaser, Hannes Valentini and Michael Thaler were the fastest among the boys.

In the under-14 age group (Ragazzi), Francesca Miribung from Ski Team Alta Badia won the Super-G with a time of 48,37 seconds. Behind them, more than a second behind, were Amy Happacher (Drei Zinnen Dolomites/49,45) and Emma Oberhuber (RG Wipptal/49,47). Miribung's teammate Hannes Valentini was the fastest among the boys, with a time of 48,32 seconds. Simon Kaser (Seiser Alm/48,39) and Michael Thaler (ASC Sarntal/48,41) took second and third place just behind.

Ploner and Girtler shine at the Gran Premio Italia in Tarvisio

Nicol Ploner (Gröden) and Leonie Girtler (RG Wipptal) made people sit up and take notice with strong results at the FIS downhill runs in Tarvisio. Ploner took sixth and third place and was able to celebrate a win and a second place in the U21 category of the Gran Premio Italia classification. Girtler achieved places 7 and 12, which also meant a win and a second place in the U18 age group.

Snowboard: National champion in parallel giant slalom crowned

Two FIS races for snowboarders in the parallel giant slalom on the Pra Di Tori slope in Carezza were counted simultaneously for the Alperia Snowboard Cup, as well as the Italian Cup and the Saturday race as the national championship. Tommy Rabanser from Val Gardena celebrated the day's victory on Saturday, which is why he prevailed in all three classifications. Manuel Haller (Burgstall) came 5th overall. Vice national champion. In the women's category, Marlis Zimmerhofer (Villnöß) became national champion, relegating her teammate Sofia Federplayer and Sophie Rabanser (Gröden) to the other two podium places.

On Sunday, local hero Mike Santuari won the FIS race. Haller took fourth place, just ahead of Tommy Rabanser in fifth place. Among the women, Sophie Rabanser made it to 14th place as the second best “Azzurra”.

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