Impressive Alpine racing at Winter Games NZ

In challenging conditions matching the high level of participation on Coronet Peak’s ‘Outwide’ course at Rocky Gully, the prominent Alpine racers showed an impressive level of giant slalom and slalom racing over the past few days.

Top honours on the first day of FIS Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) giant slalom racing in the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, went to Queenstown local Alice Robinson (NZL) and Adam Zampa (SVK) in fields dominated by prominent World Cup racers. Top British athlete Alex Tilley put down two very fast runs finishing in second and World Cup skier, Lena Dürr (GER) finished in third place. In the men’s field racing was very tight with second place going to Sam Maes (BEL) and tied for third were teammates from the Netherlands, Steffan Winkelhorst and Maarten Meiners.

Top performances in challenging conditions on the second day of giant slalom racing saw  Katharina Truppe (AUT) and Sam Maes (BEL) take the lead in the ladies and men’s events after outstanding runs in challenging conditions. With Coronet Peak as his New Zealand training base, Maes was ecstatic about his win in another world-class men’s field. Mathias Graf (AUT) and Matthias Roenngren (SWE) laid down scorching runs to finish second and third, completing an all-European men’s podium. 

Katharina Truppe showed her dominant form, leading after the first run and putting down a very fast second run in challenging conditions on course. Maryna Gasienica-Daniel (POL) skied a strong race to finish in second place with Lena Dürr (GER) skiing solidly to take third place. 

It was a Swiss sweep on the first day of slalom racing at Coronet Peak that saw Marc Rochat (SUI) clinch victory ahead of Adam Zampa (SVK) and compatriot Sandro Simonet (SUI). In the ladies’ race, Charlotte Chable (SUI) prevailed ahead of Neja Dvornik (SLO) and local star Piera Hudson (NZL). The Alpine events will wrap up with one last day of slalom on Thursday.