Rasmus Windingstad decided it was the right time to give himself a Christmas present at the Parallel Giant Slalom in Alta Badia! The young Norwegian talent scored the 16th fastes time in the qualification rounds and then eliminated one by one his opponents to take his first World Cup victory in the final against Stefan Luitz (GER).
Roland Leitinger (AUT) coul celebrate his first World Cup podium, closing in third position and eliminating the Giant Slalom winner Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) on his path to the small final.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) was the fastes on the qualification rounds, but was then eliminated in the 1/8 by his teammate and final winner Windingstas. Luitz was the second fastest in the qualifcation and proved to be at ease on the parallel course throughout the whole evening.
Taking a look at the overall ranking, Henrik Kristoffersen further consolidated his lead with his 7th place today (36 pts) and now heads the ranking 65 points ahead of Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT).
Now it's time for a short Christmas break before heading to Bormio for two Downhill races (one being the rescheduling from Val Gardena) and one Alpine Combined from 27th to 29th December.
The only negative note of the "weekend" was Marco Odermatt's injury. The Swiss young ace suffered from a meniscus tear in Sunday's Giant Slalom race on the Gran Risa. Odermatt already underwent surgery and is working on his comeback. We wish him a speedy recovering and hope to see him racing again soon!