Alpine Continental Cups wrap up in Northern Hemisphere
Finishing among the top three in the Continental Cup ranking is not only a matter of prestige, but also an opportunity for securing a fixed World Cup starting place for next season.
After finishing on the podium in 2011 (third) and 2012 (second), 22-year-old U.S. skier Ryan Cochran-Siegle earned the Nor-Am Cup Overall victory. During the 2013/14 season, which wrapped up after 28 races Cochran-Siegle scored 60 points more than second ranked Canadian Dustin Cook and 218 points more than Cook’s teammate Tyler Werry. The two Canadians couldn’t be too disappointed missing the overall victory as they took home the giant slalom and super-G titles, respectively. This year’s downhill title went to American Bryce Bennett while the slalom was awarded to his teammate Colby Granstrom.
On the ladies side, the final points of the 2013/14 season were awarded at the races in Nakiska (CAN) where Canadian Madison Irwin grasped her first overall victory by finishing 223 points ahead of American Katie Ryan, who won the downhill title 250 points ahead of teammate Candace Crawford who took home the giant slalom one. 19-year-old U.S. hopeful Lila Lapanja won the slalom title while the super-G went to teammate Abby Ghent.
This season, 20 races were held as part of the Far East Cup and clear domination of the Japanese team’s was seen on the ladies’ side. The top eight racers were all Japanese..
Last year’s runner-up Sakurako Mukougawa clinched her first overall title. She also won the slalom and came second in both giant slalom and super-G. Makiko Arai and Misato Kaneko won those two titles, respectively.
On the men’s side, overall winner Ryunosuke Ohkoshi finished second in both the giant slalom and slalom, while his teammate Dai Shimizu topped the super-G rankings. Korean Dong-hyun Jung already won the overall title three times, in 2010, 2011 and 2012 but didn’t repeat the feat this season, he finished in second place but, after winning the last race of the season, he was able to claim the slalom title.
This year’s Europa Cup Finals took place in Soldeu (AND) and Switzerland had plenty of reason to celebrate. On the ladies’ side, Michelle Gisin and Corinne Suter took the top two overall spots while on the men’s side Thomas Tumler and 33 year-old veteran Silvan Zurbriggen first and third, respectively. Gisin also took home the slalom title while Suter won the downhill and super-G. The giant slalom title went to Sweden’s Ylva Staalnacke.
On the men’s side, history repeated itself – last year Ralph Weber and Manuel Pleisch won the downhill and super-G series while this year both speed titles went to Switzerland again with Tumler claiming the super-G and Zurbriggen the downhill. Their teammate Daniel Yule took home the slalom title while Slovenian Zan Kranjec won the giant slalom.