FIS Alpine athletes are officially back as the Continental Cup South American race series started last week with technical races in Cerro Catedral (ARG).
After the scheduled giant slalom had to be cancelled on the 9th August due to adverse weather conditions, the slalom took place as planned on the 10th August. It was an excellent showing for the host nation as Argentina swept the podium. Veteran champion Sebastiano Gastaldi won ahead of teammate Cristian Javier Simari Birkner, who has 13 overall titles during his career. Rookie Tomas Birkner De Miguel rounded out the podium. In total 76 racers took part in the first competition in the season representing 11 nations.
On the ladies’ side, year-old Kim Vanreusel (BEL) won her first Continental Cup competition. She was an impressive 1.35 faster than Salome Bancora (ARG). Lorelie Coulet finished third, earning the best result of her young career.
This season, the South American Cup will include four downhills, three super G competitions two alpine combined, three giant slaloms and four slaloms. The locations include Cerro Catedral (ARG), Antillanca (CHI), El Colorado (CHI) and La Parva (CHI). The defending title holders are Josef Ferstl (GER) and Ester Ledecka (CZE).