After back-to-back Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) giant slalom races in Thredbo, Australia, competition continued with two slalom races and the field was stacked with World Cup regulars. Penalties for both genders were under 1o points.
In the women’s race, Sweden’s Estelle Alphand took the win on Aug. 23 with a total time of 1:39.14. She was joined by two teammates on the podium. Maria Pietilae-Holmner and Sara Hector took second and third place, respectively. On day two, it was another Swedish sweep, but this time, Hector took the victory by 0.13 seconds over Magdalena Fjaellstroem. Pietilae-Holmner rounded out the top three, 0.54 seconds away from the win.
In the men’s competition, Germany’s Linus Strasser, who won the Stockholm parallel slalom event last season, dominated both days of racing, but his competitors weren’t far behind. On the first day, Redneck Racing’s Robby Kelley was just 0.04 seconds away from the win with a combined time of 1:34.20. Krystof Kryzl of the Czech Republic rounded out the podium in third place, 0.28 seconds off the pace. On day two, Strasser’s teammate Stefan Luitz found his way into the top three, taking second place with a total time of 1:38.01, 0.17 seconds away from the win. Kelley took third place, 0.80 seconds away from the win.
Complete results are available here.