St. Moritz 2017 – spectacular first week of action

Super Sunday, sensational Swiss and sunny skies. The 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz (SUI) have had a spectacular first 10 days as packed stands, standout performances and surprise athletes have all made headlines.

The first week of action featured all of the speed races and was a roller coaster ride as a thin strip of fog wreaked havoc forced the postponement of Saturday’s men’s downhill schedule, but ultimately created the golden opportunity for the St. Moritz Organisers to hold a ‘Super Sunday’ that featured both the men’s and ladies’ downhill races during a four-hour span.

During the speed week, two storylines stood out. The performance of Erik Guay (CAN), who came from out of nowhere to become the oldest men’s medalist in World Championship history when he claimed the gold in the super-G. If that wasn’t enough, the 36 year-old followed up with a silver medal in the downhill, making him the most decorated athlete so far in St. Moritz.

The second story line after the first week of action was the incredible performance of the Swiss team. In the first six races, the host nation earned six medals, including three gold medal performances. Lara Gut took home the bronze medal in the super-G on the opening day and two days later in the Alpine Combined, Wendy Holdener and Michelle Gisin earned gold and silver. Luca Aerni and Mauro Caviezel also had success in the combined with gold and bronze, respectively.

But the biggest highlight for the Swiss came when Beat Feuz raced to the gold medal in the downhill. The only bad news thus far out of the Swiss camp was the injury to Lara Gut, who tore her knee ligament warming up for the slalom run of the alpine combined, and will miss the rest of the season.

Yesterday, the World Championships switched gears as the technical skiers moved into town. The first event on Tuesday was the Nations Team Event that has become a real fan’s favourite and will make it’s Olympic debut next year in PyeongChang 2018, which France narrowly won ahead of Slovakia. Earning the bronze medal was Sweden, who raced against the host Swiss in the small final.

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