1 Other winter sports

The Azzurra Michela Moioli took her second World Cup win of the season in snowboard cross. © Leo Holzknecht / Pentaphoto

Winter sports ticker | Always Moioli

In addition to the Ski World Cup final in Saalbach Hinterglemm and the Biathlon World Cup final in Canmore, there were also other decisions to be made on Saturday. Here you can read everything important in an informative and compact form.

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: At the classic competition in Falun (Sweden), the men's victory went to the Norwegian Johannes Hösflot Klaebo. Behind them, Iivo Niskanen (Finland, +22,1 seconds) and the Norwegian Martin Löwström Nyenget (+24 seconds) completed the podium.

In the women's race there was a Finnish double victory over 10 km. Kerttu Niskanen won ahead of compatriot Johanna Matintalo. The Swede Jonna Sundling came in third. The conditions in Falun were very difficult for both men and women. It was snowing heavily and with all the powder snow it was a very tough race for the athletes.

SKICROSS: In the men's category, Dominik Zuech made it into the round of the best 32 ski crossers. But it was the end of the line in the round of 4 when he only came 2th in his group of four. The victory went to David Mobärg, who prevailed in the grand final against Alex Fiva (3nd), Florian Wilmsmann (XNUMXrd) and the Azzurro Simone Deromedis.

In the women's category, however, there was a Canadian three-way victory. Marielle Thompson won ahead of Brittany Phelan and India Sherret.

NORDIC COMBINATION: At the World Cup final in Trondheim (NOR) only the mixed relay was on the program on Saturday. The Italian team consisting of Aaron Kostner, Samuel Costa, Daniela Dejori (all three from Val Gardena) and Veronica Gianmoena came in fifth place. The winning team unsurprisingly came from Norway, followed by Austria and Germany completing the podium.

On Sunday there will be a women's and men's competition on the program. In both overall rankings, the winner is already a clear matter. Men's winner Jarl Magnus Riiber (NOR) will miss the final because he is suffering from a knee injury. After 16 wins this season, it's time for someone else to celebrate a success.

SNOWBOARD CROSS: At the World Cup in Montafon (AUT) there was one race for men and one for women on Saturday. In the men's race, Alessandro Hämmerle celebrated a home win. With his second win of the season he beat the competition. The Frenchman Leo Le Ble Jaques came second, and Julian Lüftner from Austria came third. The best Azzurro was Tommaso Leoni in 16th place, while South Tyrolean Omar Visintin came in 18th.

In the women's race, however, an Azzurra won the day. For Michela Moioli it was also her second win of the season and her fourth podium finish this winter. In the final she beat Charlotte Bankes (GBR, 2nd), Josie Baff (AUS, 3rd) and Zoe Colombier (FRA, 4th). The Snowboard World Cup will conclude next weekend in Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada.

ALPINE SKI EUROPEAN CUP: As in the Ski World Cup, the grand finale of the technical competitions in the European Cup will take place in Hafjell this weekend. The women's slalom kicked off on Saturday. The Swiss Elena Stöffel won it with a time of 1.37,62:43 minutes. Norwegian Bianca Bakke Wetshoff came in second, XNUMX hundredths behind her, while her compatriot Kristin Lysdahl came third. Second-placed Westhoff still had reason to be happy: she secured the small ball for the slalom.

On Sunday there will be the men's slalom and the women's giant slalom in Hafjell. On Monday the best runners will compete in the last giant slalom of the season. The European Cup entourage then moves to Kvitfjell, where the last four speed races (two Super-Gs and two downhills) of the winter will take place.


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