Hudson and Zampa win ANC titles in clean sweep
The 2015 Australia New Zealand Cup series faced some weather problems, but with a venue change for the men’s giant slalom and great course preparation, all calendared events were held.
The ANC series commenced at Perisher (AUS), which hosted the series for the first time after a 10 year break. With good snow conditions, two good quality slalom races were held on 22-23 August with Adam Zampa (SVK) and Piera Hudson (NZL) carrying maximum cup slalom points through to the next round in New Zealand. In the ANC women's giant slalom, 2 races were held and 2 athletes from New Zealand, Piera Hudson and Eliza Grigg, were equal on points at the end of the Australian series. However only one mens giant slalom was able to be held due to weather conditions, but Adam Zampa (SVK) continued his form by also winning that race.
Athletes from 19 nations assembled in Queenstown for the commencement of the second block of the ANC series on 29 August held at Coronet Peak (NZL), which was again part of the Audi Quattro Winter Games. With very high quality fields, very good snow conditions, extensive TV and media coverage coupled with live timing, the partnership with the Winter Games contributed to memorable racing.
The first two days of racing were completed with the slalom and giant slalom events held in good course conditions. An overnight snowfall and warmer conditions meant that only the ladies giant slalom was able to be held on the third scheduled day, 31 August. To ensure the best chance to complete the giant slalom events, a decision was taken to shift the next day’s slalom events to the more challenging Race Arena course.
With the cooperation of the Coronet Peak management, the cancelled men's giant slalom race from Perisher was rescheduled for 2 September 2015, as was the mens giant slalom from 13 August. On a busy Wednesday, both giant slalom events accordingly were completed on the course that had been maintained in good race condition.
At the end of the ANC series, Piera Hudson (NZL) and Adam Zampa (SVK) made a clean sweep by being the respective winners of the ladies and mens slalom, giant slalom and overall ANC titles.