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Rahlves second in ski cross World Cup; Stickl, David win

Daron RahlvesGerman Simon Stickl and France’s Ophelie David won the third competition of the World Cup ski cross season today (Jan. 5) in St. Johann/Oberndorf, Austria. The drama took place under the lights as the world’s best ski cross athletes continued to tune up for the sport’s Olympic debut in Vancouver.

American Daron Rahlves took second place ahead of Canadian David Duncan in third. Rahlves started off hot, winning his first two heats before taking second in the semifinals and finals. The result was Rahlves first ski cross World Cup podium, he logged 28 alpine World Cup podiums before retiring and taking up ski cross in 2008. It was also Duncan’s first career World Cup podium.

“Despite a very poorly built course, that was injected, the race went well,” said U.S. ski cross coach Tyler Shepherd. “Daron had some of his best starts to date, hands down. And like I’ve said from the beginning, you get him out front, people won’t catch him, and he showed that tonight in the first two heats.”

“In the final Daron had to break out some of his injection know how and make some awesome passes to move from fourth to third, and then to second,” said Shepherd. “He was the only guy to make two passes let alone one on that course tonight.”

American Casey Puckett, who grabbed his fourth career World Cup podium in the season opener Dec. 21 in Innichen, Italy, took 13th  today after being eliminated in the quarterfinal heat. Rahlves and Puckett now stand fifth and sixth in the overall ski cross World Cup standings.

“Casey ran into some typical ski cross action in his quarterfinal, and narrowly avoided getting taken out by another skier, only to make up the ground he lost to catch up to transfer position to nearly pass him in the finish,” recounted Shepherd.  “He lost the photo finish decision by a very narrow margin.”

World Cup overall leader, Swizerland’s Michael Schmid, who won the first two events of the season, was just off the podium in fourth. He is now 84 points ahead of Norway’s Audun Groenvold in second. With his first career win Stickl jumped to third overall, 110 points behind Schmid. Stickl’s previous best finish was a 10th place at this season’s opening event. 

On the women’s side, it was six-time overall World Cup champion David with the win, the 21st of her nine-year career. Teammate Meryll Boulangeat followed in second ahead of Canadian Julia Murray in third. It was Boulangeat’s ninth career podium and Murray’s second.

David is leading the overall World cup race, 40 points ahead of Sweden’s Anna Holmlund in second. Canadian Ashleigh McIvor (12th today) is in third, 93 points behind David.

American Caitlin Ciccone finished 31st.

“Caitlin Ciccone qualified for the women for the third straight World Cup, and she really showed me something tonight with how she skied,” said Shepherd. “Despite not moving on, she attempted passes just like we had spoken about in inspection, and I’m proud of the aggression she showed on this difficult course. Not many athletes can really ski well on this kind of injection, and she skied really well, and I know she has some better results coming.” 

The ski cross World Cup is back in action next week (Jan. 9) in Les Contamines, France.

Click the attachments below to see the full brackets.

By Eric Williams

Image by Gepa

Men’s Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  1  2526789 STICKL Simon  1987  GER       1000.00
 2  2  2526958 RAHLVES Daron  1973  USA       800.00
 3  25  2526897 DUNCAN David  1982  CAN       600.00
 4  3  2455006 SCHMID Michael  1984  SUI       500.00
 5  4  2527542 ASTIER Florent  1986  FRA       450.00
 6  10  2450835 MIAILLIER Sylvain  1986  FRA       400.00
 7  5  2484376 GROENVOLD Audun  1976  NOR       360.00
 8  6  2451417 MATT Andreas  1982  AUT       320.00
 9  7  2527032 FLISAR Filip  1987  SLO       290.00
 10  8  2526820 DELBOSCO Christopher  1982  CAN       260.00
 11  11  2400395 ELIASSON Tommy  1980  SWE       240.00
 12  12  2484562 PICCARD Ted  1978  FRA       220.00
 13  13  2526254 PUCKETT Casey  1972  USA       200.00
 14  14  2526879 STENGG Florian  1989  AUT       180.00
 15  15  2528200 FISCHER Thomas  1986  GER       160.00
 16  32  2411938 ZANGERL Thomas  1983  AUT       150.00
 17  9  2385263 KONO Kenji  1983  JPN       140.00
 18  16  2526949 ADORJAN Matej  1987  SLO       130.00
 19  17  2525886 KOROTKOV Egor  1986  RUS       120.00
 20  18  2422026 LENEL Robin  1985  FRA       110.00
 21  19  2384681 WALDNER Klaus  1980  AUT       100.00
 22  20  2485244 SCHAUER Andreas  1986  GER       90.00
 23  21  2526694 DOI Toshiyuki  1978  JPN       80.00
 24  22  2528109 HVERVEN Jonathan  1985  NOR       70.00
 25  23  2527144 KNELLER Scott  1989  AUS       60.00
 26  24  2527361 PELLINEN Jouni  1983  FIN       50.00
 27  26  2527284 ZORICIC Nick  1983  CAN       45.00
 28  27  2526291 NIEDERER Armin  1987  SUI       40.00
 29  28  2526239 FABRE Olivier  1983  FRA       36.00
 30  29  2447828 BARR Davey  1977  CAN       32.00
 31  30  2526635 JOHNSON Justin  1977  USA       28.00
 32  31  2412132 HAUKKALA Juha  1978  FIN       26.00
 33    2392635 STEFFEN Andreas  1975  SUI       24.00
 34    2190772 TAKIZAWA Hiroomi  1973  JPN       22.00
 35    2389628 GAVAGGIO Enak  1976  FRA       20.00
 36    2527624 GASSER Patrick  1985  SUI       19.70
 37    2527399 TELLER John  1983  USA       19.40
 38    2387009 LEWEN Lars  1975  SWE       19.10
 39    2389531 KUHN Xavier  1978  FRA       18.80
 40    2386524 KRAUS Tomas  1974  CZE       18.50
 41    2412617 SPALINGER Richard  1975  SUI       18.20
 42    2525885 BONDAR Alexandr  1988  RUS       17.90
 43    2527138 KERR Errol  1986  JAM       17.60
 44    2484602 LOSS Matteo Valentino  1982  ITA       17.30
 45    2526943 RUDIGOZ Jean Christophe  1981  USA       17.00
 46    2387591 IEZZA Massimiliano  1974  ITA       16.70
 47    2395739 AUDERER Wolfgang  1981  AUT       16.40
 48    2526725 HAYER Stanley  1973  CAN       16.10
 49    2527511 SOEVIK Boerge  1982  NOR       15.80
 50    2526785 ZAGORSKI Wojciech  1985  POL       15.50
 51    2527030 WOELFL Mathias  1984  GER       15.20
 52    2392732 VON GUNTEN Thomas  1971  SUI       14.90
 53    2528136 DURAN Patrick  1985  USA       14.60
 54    2485016 DANILOV Artem  1986  RUS       14.30
 55    2526844 RUOPPA Samu  1989  FIN       14.00
 56    2526947 JECL Simon  1986  SLO       13.70
 57    2527297 EIGLER Florian  1990  GER       13.40
 58    2527607 BORGE LIE Thomas  1985  NOR       13.10
 59    2384390 WITTNER Markus  1973  AUT       12.80
 60    2527169 SAMUELS Gregory  1988  GBR       12.50
 61    2412714 SAFAR Zdenek  1978  CZE       12.20
 62    2386718 ILJANS Eric  1969  SWE       11.90
 63    2526293 ANDERSSON Niklas  1981  SWE       11.60
 64    2527625 STOLZ Gerhard  1989  AUT       11.30
 65    2412229 KARHUMAKI Tuomas  1981  FIN       11.00
 66    2400298 JOSEFSSON Ted  1977  SWE       10.70
 67    2526804 ROBINSON Craig  1987  GBR       0.00
 68    2526696 HASEGAWA Katsuhiko  1985  JPN       0.00
 69    2484663 SKRIABIN Nikolay  1978  UKR       0.00
 70    2526998 WAHRSTOETTER Christoph  1989  AUT       0.00
 71    2527615 HORN Scott  1988  USA       0.00
 72    2527473 COZZI Edward  1989  GBR       0.00
 73    2484520 BENNETT Brian  1980  CAN       0.00
Disqualified
     2484591 KARSHENIEKS Arturs  1984  LAT       
Did not start
     2525818 KUCERA Jakub  1986  CZE       
     2527952 WHELAN Peter Edwin  1989  GBR       
     2485174 ORLOWSKI Marcin  1985  POL       
Did not finish
     2528190 ALSTER Christoph  1980  AUT       
     2385748 MATSUBARA Ryosuke  1979  JPN       
     2527676 FIALA Martin  1968  GER       
     2527501 HOFER Beni  1978  SUI       
     2484763 REKDAL Anders  1987  NOR       
     2484379 GASSER Philip  1983  SUI       
     2484604 KOLLER Patrick  1983  AUT       
     2485209 EBENBICHLER Christoph  1983  AUT       
     2526877 BOVOLENTA Arnaud  1988  FRA       
     2526137 FORSLUND Michael  1986  SWE       
     2526556 KOPRIVA Jakub  1989  CZE       
     2526533 WADRZYK Bartlomiej  1976  POL       

Women’s Results
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Result Level Points
 1  1  2394866 DAVID Ophelie  1976  FRA       1000.00
 2  12  2415721 BOULANGEAT Meryll  1986  FRA       800.00
 3  3  2526906 MURRAY Julia  1988  CAN       600.00
 4  32  2526849 WOERNER Anna  1989  GER       500.00
 5  2  2527570 LIMBACHER Andrea  1989  AUT       450.00
 6  4  2526363 MUELLER Katrin  1989  SUI       400.00
 7  18  2396612 HUTTARY Karin  1977  AUT       360.00
 8  27  2452775 FUKUSHIMA Noriko  1979  JPN       320.00
 9  6  2526237 JOSSERAND Marion  1986  FRA       290.00
 10  8  2526015 OFNER Katrin  1990  AUT       260.00
 11  9  2527287 POLESCHUK Danielle  1986  CAN       240.00
 12  13  2484439 MCIVOR Ashleigh  1983  CAN       220.00
 13  14  2444045 FARIC Sasa  1984  SLO       200.00
 14  20  2527434 ZACHER Heidi  1988  GER       180.00
 15  23  2404469 SERAIN Emilie  1984  SUI       160.00
 16  26  2387882 CLINE Aleisha  1970  CAN       150.00
 17  5  2526373 SMITH Fanny  1992  SUI       140.00
 18  7  2526236 GEORGES Chloe  1980  FRA       130.00
 19  10  2484546 MANHARD Julia  1987  GER       120.00
 20  11  2527486 LUEDI Sanna  1986  SUI       110.00
 21  15  2484707 GUTENSOHN Katharina  1966  AUT       100.00
 22  16  2484802 KVINLOG GENLID Gro  1976  NOR       90.00
 23  17  2526530 RIEMEN Karolina  1988  POL       80.00
 24  19  2525991 GALLAND Helena  1986  FRA       70.00
 25  21  2474988 SVARD Boel  1985  SWE       60.00
 26  22  2485085 OWENS Jenny  1978  AUS       50.00
 27  24  2527429 NEDELCU Ruxandra  1984  ROU       45.00
 28  25  2484342 FJELLVANG-SOELLING Sophie  1981  DAN       40.00
 29  28  2323372 CREMA Katya  1988  AUS       36.00
 30  29  2526014 MANHARD Christina  1990  GER       32.00
 31  30  2527390 CICCONE Caitlin  1985  USA       28.00
 32  31  2527372 MARSAN Clara  1989  AUT       26.00
 33    2527563 HOLMLUND Anna  1987  SWE       24.00
 34    2526819 SAUVEY Sarah  1983  GBR       22.00
 35    2527841 KUCEROVA Nikol  1989  CZE       20.00
 36    2527006 STEPANOVA Nataliya  1987  RUS       19.70
 37    2448604 MURK Seraina  1971  SUI       19.40
 38    2484547 REISINGER Sarah  1989  GER       19.10
 39    2526828 GREIG Michelle  1988  NZE       18.80
 40    2526527 BRENDENGEN JENSEN Julie  1990  NOR       18.50
 41    2484649 SARSFIELD Emily  1983  GBR       18.20
 42    2525884 LIVINSKAYA Yulia  1990  RUS       17.90
 43    2485279 DELGADO Rocio  1977  SPA       17.60
 44    2526895 MCNEAL Langely  1984  USA       17.30
 45    2526328 KENNEDY Sami  1988  AUS       0.00
 46    2527349 UMEHARA Reina  1983  JPN       0.00
 47    2526552 PROCHAZKOVA Barbora  1991  CZE       0.00
 48    2526319 CERVENA Andrea  1975  CZE       0.00
Did not start
     2525966 YALISHEVA Nadezhda  1981  RUS       
Did not finish
     2527273 SERWA Kelsey  1989  CAN       
     2525881 STRUK Viktoria  1988  RUS       
     2413005 TIDSTRAND Sanna  1985  SWE       
     2527626 MILLET GOUCHOE Alexia  1990  FRA       
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