With racing around the globe drawing to a close for the 2016-2017 winter, Italy recently put on its national championship races at a trio of resorts to close out their elite racing season.
Passo San Pelligrino played host to the men’s and women’s giant slalom, super-G, and alpine combined races with the women’s GS kicking the series off on March 23. Undoubtedly the strongest women’s GS team in the world, competition was fierce for the women’s title as veteran Federica Brignone took the win with a combined time of 2:25.45 seconds, an astonishing 3.14 seconds ahead of Francesca Marsaglia in second and 3.21 seconds ahead of reigning Junior World GS Champion Laura Pirovano in third.
In the men’s GS, former Westminster College student Griffin Giulio Giovanni Bosca managed to take the title with a combined time of 2:24.98 seconds, a slim 0.03 seconds ahead of Andrea Ballerin in second and 0.10 seconds ahead of World Cup veteran Manfred Moelgg in third. The fastest junior on the day was Giulio Zuccarini, 0.47 seconds back in seventh place.
Brignone also took home the women’s alpine combined title, winning with a combined time of 2:00.86 seconds, 1.83 seconds ahead of Switzerland’s Michelle Gisin in second and 2.38 seconds ahead of Anna Hofer in third. Pirovano was the fastest junior in 10th place, 4.22 seconds off of the pace.
Guglielmo Bosca took the men’s alpine combined with a total time of 1:55.89 seconds, 0.54 seconds ahead of Swiss Stefan Rogentin in second and Alexander Prast in third, 1.02 seconds back. Prast was also the fastest junior.
Brignone made it the trifecta in the women’s super-G taking the win in 1:22.24 seconds, 0.75 seconds ahead of Austria’s Tamara Tippler in second and 1.11 seconds ahead of breakout World Cup star Sofia Goggia in third. Nicol Delago managed to be the top junior in eighth place, 1.83 seconds back.
In the men’s super-G, 2017 Hahnenkamm champion Dominik Paris took top honors with a time of 1:18.38 seconds, 0.94 seconds ahead of back-to-back downhill crystal globe winner Peter Fill in second. Guglielmo Bosca finished in third, 1.60 seconds back and Prast was the fastest junior in 12th place, 2.80 seconds back.
Action then moved to Pozza di Fassa for the men’s and women’s slalom with both races taking place under the lights. In the ladies’ race, Irene Curtoni took the win with a combined time of 1:46.13 seconds, 0.99 seconds ahead of Vivien Insam in second and 1.31 seconds ahead of Nicole Agnelli in third. Insam was also the fastest junior.
The men’s slalom saw Tommaso Sala take the title with a combined time of 1:45.53 seconds, 0.44 seconds ahead of Moelgg in second and 0.53 seconds ahead of Federico Liberatore in third. Hans Vaccari was the fastest junior on the day in seventh place, 1.68 seconds off of Sala’s pace.
The series then traveled to Bardonecchia for the men’s and women’s downhill races to close out the racing action. Verena Stuffer took the women’s race with a time of 2:01.39 seconds, 0.25 seconds ahead of Goggia in second and 1.57 seconds ahead of Jole Galli in third. Delago was the fastest junior in fourth place, 1.69 seconds back.
Fill took the men’s downhill with a time of 1:57.59 seconds, 0.91 seconds ahead of Swiss racer Ramon Zuercher in second and 1.05 seconds ahead of Guglielmo Bosca in third. Prast was once again the fastest junior in 12th place, 2.19 seconds off of Fill.
For complete results from the series, click here.