The FIS Speed Skiing World Championships concluded last weekend in Idre Fjäll (SWE). 18 medals were up for grabs in six categories on the impressively steep Choken slope featuring a drop of 48°.
In speed one, the fastest category, World Cup leader Valentina Greggio (ITA) defended her World Championship title from the previous edition in 2015. She reached a speed of 171.50 km/h. Karine Dubouchet Revol (FRA) claimed second place with a speed of 170.76 km/h while home favourite Lisa Hovland-Uden completed the podium in third place with a speed of 169.18 km/h.
In the men’s event, surprise winner Bastien Montens (FRA) set a benchmark of 176.93 km/h, which proved to be too quick for the rest of the field. Manuel Kramer (AUT) finished narrowly behind in second place with a speed of 176.66 km/h. His teammate Klaus Schrottshammer rounded out the podium in third with 176.03 km/h.
For the first time since 2003, no Italian man was on the podium. Medal favourite Ivan Origone skied into seventh place with a speed of 174.23 km/h.
Overall, Team France won seven medals ahead of host nation Sweden with four and Austria with two. For the first time, Denmark clinched a medal at Speed Skiing World Championships.
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Valentin Muenzer, Chairman of the FIS Speed Skiing Committee commented: “Besides thrilling competitions, the World Championships saw the premiere of having the semi-finals and finals broadcast via live stream on YouTube and Facebook. An increased number of fans were able to follow the action, exciting competition and live reactions and interviews by the athletes which proved as a great success. We would like to thank the resort and Organisers for staging an excellent event for teams and athletes and for a great side programme for spectators which included a special arena where children could try out Speed Skiing as part of the FIS SnowKidz programme.”
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