Africa hosts first-ever FIS alpine races


Sweden's Alexander Koell. Snow Sport South Africa

Sweden’s Alexander Koell racing at Tiffindell. Snow Sport South Africa

The first-ever FIS-sanctioned races held on the African continent took place Aug. 4-5, 2014 in Tiffindell, South Africa. The Tiffindell resort is situated on the border of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho in the Southern Drakensberg Mountain range.

On the schedule were a National Championship, a National Junior Championship, and two men’s slalom races.

10417586_777937115598406_2825732175875226265_nThe National Championship was won by Sweden’s Alexander Koell while 18-year-old Martin Pitterl of Austria took the title in the junior category. In the slalom competitions, Alexander Koell and Swede Tim Lindgren, currently enrolled at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, clocked the fastest times.

The starting lists with skiers from Sweden, Austria and Slovenia included six racers from South Africa.

From a snow perspective, there has been little or no natural snowfall in southern Africa during the 2014 ski season, but low temperatures have allowed Tiffindell as well as Afriski in Lesotho to carry out extensive snowmaking to open their pistes. In Tiffindell’s case, this is the longest-ever season thanks to a newly extended snowmaking area this season.

RESULTS

Men’s National Championship slalom – Aug. 4, 2014

 1  5  502004 KOELL Alexander 1990 SWE  45.03  47.10  1:32.13  20.11
 2  13  561146 MLINSEK Filip 1988 SLO  45.30  47.53  1:32.83  +0.70  25.58
 3  4  54348 PERTL Adrian 1996 AUT  45.78  48.55  1:34.33  +2.20  37.30
 4  2  501384 LINDGREN Tim 1989 SWE  45.63  48.86  1:34.49  +2.36  38.55
 5  7  54434 STEINER Klaus 1997 AUT  47.94  47.56  1:35.50  +3.37  46.45
 6  9  570018 SPEELMAN Sive 1995 RSA  53.60  55.07  1:48.67  +16.54  149.37
 7  6  570020 OLIVIER Francois 1996 RSA  59.98  57.83  1:57.81  +25.68  220.80
 8  3  570021 OLIVIER Matthys 1996 RSA  1:02.14  59.50  2:01.64  +29.51  250.73
 9  14  570022 MCIVOR Lee 1996 RSA  1:05.52  1:01.29  2:06.81  +34.68  291.14
Did not finish 2nd run
 1  570019 WILSON Connor 1996 RSA
Did not finish 1st run
 12  561368 DVORNIK Jaka 1997 SLO
 11  501351 JOHANSSON Emil 1988 SWE
 10  54278 PITTERLE Martin 1995 AUT
 8  570017 DYWILI Tsotane 1992 RSA

 

Men’s National Junior Championship slalom – Aug. 4, 2014

 1  13  54278 PITTERLE Martin 1995 AUT  43.36  43.30  1:26.66  12.20
 2  12  502004 KOELL Alexander 1990 SWE  45.31  41.83  1:27.14  +0.48  16.19
 3  6  501384 LINDGREN Tim 1989 SWE  45.68  42.72  1:28.40  +1.74  26.66
 4  9  561368 DVORNIK Jaka 1997 SLO  44.47  44.56  1:29.03  +2.37  31.89
 5  4  561146 MLINSEK Filip 1988 SLO  43.55  46.36  1:29.91  +3.25  39.20
 6  8  54434 STEINER Klaus 1997 AUT  45.00  46.43  1:31.43  +4.77  51.83
 7  10  501351 JOHANSSON Emil 1988 SWE  46.98  46.41  1:33.39  +6.73  68.12
 8  1  570017 DYWILI Tsotane 1992 RSA  54.16  54.06  1:48.22  +21.56  191.33
 9  7  570019 WILSON Connor 1996 RSA  54.15  55.26  1:49.41  +22.75  201.21
 10  11  570021 OLIVIER Matthys 1996 RSA  55.37  56.08  1:51.45  +24.79  218.16
Did not finish 1st run
 14  570022 MCIVOR Lee 1996 RSA
 5  570018 SPEELMAN Sive 1995 RSA
 3  54348 PERTL Adrian 1996 AUT
 2  570020 OLIVIER Francois 1996 RSA

 

Men’s FIS slalom 1 – Aug. 5, 2014

 1  3  502004 KOELL Alexander 1990 SWE  42.60  42.07  1:24.67  17.86
 2  2  501384 LINDGREN Tim 1989 SWE  42.35  42.42  1:24.77  +0.10  18.71
 3  12  561146 MLINSEK Filip 1988 SLO  42.67  42.88  1:25.55  +0.88  25.34
 4  9  54278 PITTERLE Martin 1995 AUT  42.57  43.95  1:26.52  +1.85  33.59
 5  8  501351 JOHANSSON Emil 1988 SWE  44.59  42.52  1:27.11  +2.44  38.61
 6  4  561368 DVORNIK Jaka 1997 SLO  43.98  44.85  1:28.83  +4.16  53.23
 7  7  54434 STEINER Klaus 1997 AUT  44.96  45.62  1:30.58  +5.91  68.12
 8  1  570018 SPEELMAN Sive 1995 RSA  50.36  51.14  1:41.50  +16.83  160.98
 9  5  570019 WILSON Connor 1996 RSA  53.34  54.99  1:48.33  +23.66  219.06
 10  13  570020 OLIVIER Francois 1996 RSA  55.58  55.25  1:50.83  +26.16  240.31
 11  14  570022 MCIVOR Lee 1996 RSA  1:00.51  1:35.04  2:35.55  +1:10.88  620.60
Did not finish 1st run
 11  570017 DYWILI Tsotane 1992 RSA
 10  54348 PERTL Adrian 1996 AUT
 6  570021 OLIVIER Matthys 1996 RSA

 

Men’s FIS slalom 2 – Aug. 5, 2014

 1  4  501384 LINDGREN Tim 1989 SWE  42.20  42.55  1:24.75  16.48
 2  5  502004 KOELL Alexander 1990 SWE  42.21  42.74  1:24.95  +0.20  18.18
 3  10  54278 PITTERLE Martin 1995 AUT  42.93  43.77  1:26.70  +1.95  33.05
 4  9  561146 MLINSEK Filip 1988 SLO  43.22  43.61  1:26.83  +2.08  34.15
 5  2  54348 PERTL Adrian 1996 AUT  44.15  43.89  1:28.04  +3.29  44.43
 6  3  561368 DVORNIK Jaka 1997 SLO  44.91  45.16  1:30.07  +5.32  61.68
 7  8  54434 STEINER Klaus 1997 AUT  45.34  45.40  1:30.74  +5.99  67.37
 8  6  570019 WILSON Connor 1996 RSA  53.89  54.39  1:48.28  +23.53  216.38
 9  13  570017 DYWILI Tsotane 1992 RSA  55.04  53.63  1:48.67  +23.92  219.69
 10  7  570020 OLIVIER Francois 1996 RSA  55.48  56.05  1:51.53  +26.78  243.99
 11  1  570021 OLIVIER Matthys 1996 RSA  56.62  56.62  1:53.24  +28.49  258.52
 12  14  570022 MCIVOR Lee 1996 RSA  1:00.58  59.17  1:59.75  +35.00  313.83
Did not finish 2nd run
 11  570018 SPEELMAN Sive 1995 RSA
Did not finish 1st run
 12  501351 JOHANSSON Emil 1988 SWE

Release courtesy of FIS

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