Skjoeld and Neteland claim Europa Cup Overall
Winter has been challenging for the alpine European Cup, especially because of the weather conditions. In total, 29 (out of 70!) Europa Cup races had to be rescheduled and replaced. But thanks to the flexibility and the seamless cooperation of the Organisers and the Teams, the satisfaction of a successful Tour, with passionate people, great performances and exciting races will stay in mind of all the participants and everyone is looking forward to next season.
Some athletes were particularly strong this season, and managed to earn top spots and grab their personal qualification for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup 2016/17. Here is a short summary of these athletes’ performances:
On the ladies’ side, Norwegian Maren Skjoeld clearly dominated the European Cup season and claimed the Overall Cup Standings 218 points ahead of her contenders. She crossed the finish line in all 27 races she participated in, earned 3 wins, 6 podiums, 13 Top10 and grabbed the slalom and alpine combined Cups. The 22 years young Skjoeld even had her World Cup debut and claimed solid 17th, 18th and 24th place finishes.
The Top 3 spots in the different disciplines have been very sought after and no one made it on the podium in more than one discipline. It’s a very young downhill podium: Kira Weidle (GER, 96), Beatrice Scalvedi (SUI, 95), Sabrina Maier (AUT, 94) and an exclusively Italian super-g podium: Super-G : Verena Gasslitter (ITA, 96), Lisa Magdalena Agerer (ITA, 91), Anna Hofer (ITA, 88). In alpine combined, after only 2 races, Maren Skjoeld (NOR, 93), Rahel Kopp (SUI, 94), Lara Zuercher (SUI, 95) compose the Cup podium.
In the tech disciplines, Stephanie Brunner (AUT, 94), Simone Wild (SUI, 93) and Coralie Frasse Sombet (FRA, 91) are the winners of the giant slalom Cup and Maren Skjoeld (NOR, 93), Katharina Gallhuber (AUT, 97) and Elisabeth Willibald (GER, 96) took the podium spots in slalom.
On the men’s side, the European Cup Overall also goes to a Norwegian. Bjoernar Neteland claimed the win, only 2 points ahead of Austria’s Christian Walder. Thanks to his two wins (SG in Radstadt-Reiteralm and AC in Sölden) and his constant performances in both tech and in speed, the 25 years young Neteland gets a personal World Cup qualification for next season in all the disciplines. He also earned a 2nd place finish in both super-g and super combined Cup standings.
Second of the Overall Standings Christian Walder (AUT, 91) is qualified for both speed disciplines thanks to his 1st place in downhill and 3rd place in super-g. Young Italian Emanuele Buzzi finished 3rd of the Overall and qualified for the downhill and super-g by claiming 2nd and 3rd of the respective Cup standings. Only two other athletes could get into a discipline Top 3 in speed disciplines: Frederic Berthold (AUT, 91) ended 3rd in downhill and Pangrazzi Apolo (ITA, 88) took the win in the alpine combined Cup.
In the tech disciplines, it’s 6 different athletes that grabbed personal qualifications in the respective disciplines for next season’s World Cup races. After 9 races in giant slalom, the winning Top 3 is Stefan Brennsteiner (AUT, 91), Axel William Patricksson (NOR, 92) and Loïc Meillard (SUI, 96). In slalom, the 10 races of this season provided the following winners: Robin Buffet (FRA, 91), Ramon Zenhäusern (SUI, 92) and Marc Gini (SUI, 84)