Canadian World Cup skier Erik Read made it two in a row when he claimed the win at the men’s Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ/ FIS Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) giant slalom at Coronet Peak on Friday in a nail biting finish, just hundredths ahead of Austria’s Magnus Walch to go with his first GS victory earlier in the week.

Chief of Race Hannah Hazeldine said the decision to reschedule Friday’s race from Monday due to unfavorable racing conditions was the right one and praised the Coronet Peak race crew on their excellent job of preparing the hill.

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“We had a bit of rain last night, which provided the moisture needed, followed by overnight cold temperatures, which set up the Davies giant slalom course in the Rocky Gully Race Arena well,” Hazeldine said.

As with the rest of the ANC series this week at Coronet Peak, the field again featured an impressive lineup of World Cup and Olympic skiers from 20 different countries with 66 athletes taking to the start. The battle lines were drawn between Read and Walch, who won gold and silver respectively in the first men’s GS on Tuesday.

Read sat fourth after the first run, but put the hammer down in the second to take the win with a combined time of 1:46.46 seconds, just edging out Walch by a razor-slim margin of o.03 seconds. Third place went to Krystof Kryzl of the Czech Republic who also won the 2017 NZ National Championship slalom at Coronet Peak and left nothing on the course to finish 0.37 off of Read’s pace.

“To do it by three-hundredths of a second, there’s just nothing in it,” an elated Read shared. “I was really pleased to win the first day and to do it a second time just solidifies (my form) for me. It was definitely more challenging today with flat light in the second run.”

New Zealand representative Willis Feasey finished as the first Kiwi in sixth place, 0.88 seconds back, with Hig Roberts claiming the top American spot in seventh, 0.97 seconds shy of the win.

Hazeldine considered the seven-race series of six FIS ANC events and the Coronet Peak night dual slalom held as part of the Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ as highly successful, boasting some of the strongest fields ever seen in the Southern Hemisphere.

“With so many of the world’s top athletes in the region training, we have seen probably the best fields this week of any ANC and Winter Games NZ competitions,” she said. “Many of the athletes racing in this series will now go on to compete at Northern Hemisphere World Cup events and the 2018 Winter Olympics.”

Release courtesy of Winter Games NZ


Official Results

RankBibFIS CodeNameYearNationRun 1Run 2Total TimeDiff.FIS PointsANC Points
 1 9 103729READ Erik1991CAN 51.67 54.79 1:46.46 6.00 100.00
 2 3 54104WALCH Magnus1992AUT 51.47 55.02 1:46.49 +0.03 6.28 80.00
 3 11 150644KRYZL Krystof1986CZE 52.08 54.75 1:46.83 +0.37 9.41 60.00
 4 29 502015JAKOBSEN Kristoffer1994SWE 52.30 54.59 1:46.89 +0.43 9.96 50.00
 5 4 700879ZAMPA Andreas1993SVK 51.81 55.19 1:47.00 +0.54 10.97 45.00
 6 6 410364FEASEY Willis1992NZL 51.91 55.43 1:47.34 +0.88 14.10 40.00
 7 14 934566ROBERTS Hig1991USA 52.64 54.79 1:47.43 +0.97 14.93 36.00
 8 1 202584RAUCHFUSS Julian1994GER 52.08 55.51 1:47.59 +1.13 16.40 32.00
 9 23 422301HAUGEN Per Torstein1994NOR 52.22 55.50 1:47.72 +1.26 17.60 29.00
 9 15 54063FELLER Manuel1992AUT 52.55 55.17 1:47.72 +1.26 17.60 29.00
 11 32 511899ROCHAT Marc1992SUI 53.16 54.61 1:47.77 +1.31 18.06 24.00
 12 25 6291028SORIO Daniele1994ITA 53.16 54.69 1:47.85 +1.39 18.80 22.00
 13 2 410365BARWOOD Adam1992NZL 52.18 55.76 1:47.94 +1.48 19.62 20.00
 14 10 53985MATHIS Marcel1991AUT 52.48 55.70 1:48.18 +1.72 21.83 18.00
 15 22 60261MAES Sam1998BEL 53.27 55.03 1:48.30 +1.84 22.94 16.00
 16 34 54320SCHWARZ Marco1995AUT 52.65 55.74 1:48.39 +1.93 23.77 15.00
 17 21 400237MEINERS Maarten1992NED 53.58 54.86 1:48.44 +1.98 24.23 14.00
 18 18 511856ILIANO Nicholas1992SUI 53.29 55.18 1:48.47 +2.01 24.50 13.00
 19 40 511996YULE Daniel1993SUI 53.49 55.24 1:48.73 +2.27 26.90 12.00
 20 27 54170MATT Michael1993AUT 53.21 55.66 1:48.87 +2.41 28.18 11.00
 21 31 202265STAUBITZER Benedikt1990GER 52.74 56.16 1:48.90 +2.44 28.46 10.00
 22 38 511983AERNI Luca1993SUI 53.56 55.73 1:49.29 +2.83 32.05 9.00
 23 35 501873LUNDBAECK Gustav1993SWE 53.76 55.66 1:49.42 +2.96 33.25 8.00
 24 33 40523DEMSCHAR Dominic1993AUS 53.84 56.79 1:50.63 +4.17 44.39 7.00
 25 39 561313DVORNIK Aljaz1995SLO 53.98 56.73 1:50.71 +4.25 45.12 6.00
 26 42 422318ROEISLAND Max1994NOR 54.17 56.74 1:50.91 +4.45 46.96 5.00
 27 36 511863SETTE Daniele1992SUI 54.69 56.55 1:51.24 +4.78 50.00 4.00
 28 37 6290799FRANCESCHETTI Pietro1993ITA 54.78 56.54 1:51.32 +4.86 50.74 3.00
 29 50 422640WEMBSTAD Jesper1998NOR 54.70 56.75 1:51.45 +4.99 51.93 2.00
 30 46 700929PRIELOZNY Matej1997SVK 54.52 57.32 1:51.84 +5.38 55.52 1.00
 31 41 104469SHARP Keegan1997CAN 54.63 58.01 1:52.64 +6.18 62.89
 32 57 6532562BOWERS Jack2000USA 55.30 57.51 1:52.81 +6.35 64.45
 33 52 400301ROSSUM VAN Max1998NED 55.96 57.21 1:53.17 +6.71 67.77
 34 45 60256VERBEKE Tom1997BEL 56.75 56.93 1:53.68 +7.22 72.46
 35 44 6530925VAN DEURSEN Jake1994USA 56.07 57.82 1:53.89 +7.43 74.40
 36 54 410393JUNEAU Tai1995NZL 56.72 59.28 1:56.00 +9.54 93.82
 37 55 221277KICK Euan1997GBR 57.03 59.89 1:56.92 +10.46 102.29
 38 62 410432CASHMORE William2001NZL 58.36 1:00.47 1:58.83 +12.37 119.87
 39 58 6532609DAVENPORT Luke2000USA 58.11 1:01.22 1:59.33 +12.87 124.47
 40 63 221328KUWALL Duncan1998GBR 59.33 1:02.47 2:01.80 +15.34 147.21
 41 65 410428ELLIS Ben2000NZL 1:00.23 1:02.01 2:02.24 +15.78 151.26
 42 64 610003MILLER Asa2000PHI 1:00.05 1:02.32 2:02.37 +15.91 152.46
Did not finish 2nd run
 66 40676HEAYDON Henry2001AUS
 61 410408LOEFFEN-GALLAGHER Ben1997NZL
 56 6532089LANE Tristan1998USA
 53 151292PROVAZNIK Adam2000CZE
 48 561368DVORNIK Jaka1997SLO
 43 6531160LEEVER Alex1995USA
 30 6530538WOOLSON Thomas1993USA
 28 53889HIRSCHBUEHL Christian1990AUT
 26 501898ROENNGREN Mattias1993SWE
 20 40577LAIDLAW Harry1996AUS
 19 6530500MCLAUGHLIN Brian1993USA
 7 54144MEIER Daniel1993AUT
 5 103676BROWN Phil1991CAN
Disqualified 2nd run
 60 780013ZAVECKAS Rokas1996LTU
 8 103865PHILP Trevor1992CAN
Did not start 2nd run
 59 700956JAROSCAK Miroslav1999SVK
 17 934502ANKENY Michael1991USA
 12 700830ZAMPA Adam1990SVK
Did not finish 1st run
 51 221320VINTER Zak1998GBR
 49 54467SPIECKER Florian1998AUT
 47 6530865HAFERMAN Eric1994USA
 24 54471DORNER Thomas1998AUT
 16 400235WINKELHORST Steffan1992NED
Disqualified 1st run
 13 54027BRENNSTEINER Stefan1991AUT