(PRWEB) March 16, 2013
On March 15 competitions took place at the "Rosa Khutor" Alpine Center in the men's giant slalom and the ladies' super-giant slalom, as part of the Alpine Skiing FIS European Cup Final, held by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee in conjunction with the Russian Federation of Alpine Skiing and Snowboard.
In the men's giant-slalom, the podium was an all-Swiss affair, with Thomas Tumler, Gino Caviezel and Manuel Pleisch finishing in the top three positions. Two Russian skiers made it into the top ten: Stepan Zuev finished 6th and Alexander Andrienko came 9th.
The men began their runs at an altitude of 1420 meters, and finished at an altitude of 970 meters. The ski-slope is 1638 meters long, and the vertical drop was 450 meters. The skiers had to go past 61 gates as they descended the slope.
In the ladies' super-G, victory went to Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel. Second place went to Camille Borzotti of Italy, with Tamara Tippler of Austria in third. The top-placed Russian was Elena Yakovishina, who came fourteenth.
The ladies began their runs at an altitude of 1580 meters, and finished at an altitude of 965 meters. The ski-slope is 2100 meters long, and the vertical drop was 615 meters. The ladies had to get past 43 gates on the slope.
Ragnhild Mowinckel (Norway), 1st, Ladies Super-Giant:
"I think for me as a Norwegian this kind of snow is the same as the spring snow in Norway. With the salt as well it’s the same conditions as we have in Norway. Organization is very good. I know it’s gonna be hard for you guys with the weather and warm conditions to get it but I think you’ve done a really good job, keep going!"
Camilla Borsotti (Italy), 2nd, Ladies Super-Giant:
"This is the third year in a row I have come to Sochi: two years ago I took part in the European Cup, and last year in the World Cup. Now I hope to come here next year for the Olympics. I feel very good on this track and I really like it. The organization is very effective, all just perfect, and I'm happy with everything."
Ania Monica Caill (Romania):
"The staff and the slope are very good."
Anastasia Kedrina (Russia):
"The organization is of international standard."
Sergei Maytakov (Russia):
"The atmosphere is good. The organization is the best. I would especially like to acknowledge the support of today: I have never seen so many Russian people rooting for their own, and today that support was felt. The track is good, prepared well, today is warm, but the snow conditions allow good results."
Thomas Tumler (Switzerland), 1st, Men’s giant slalom:
"I liked the race today. It was very long but also strong but I like it. Organization is very good, the snow is very good, the temperature is high and they make there best to make good snow in such weather. I liked the atmosphere, the Olympic city is very good."
Gino Caviezel (Switzerland), 2nd, Men’s giant slalom:
"I liked the race, I was fast, it was a good feeling. The second run was very good, I’m happy today. The organization is really good, a lot of staff is here, they made the slope good: today it’s like 15 degrees but the snow is hard, so everything is good here."
Stepan Zuev (Russia), 6th, Men's giant slalom:
"I think this is the best track regarding preparation, I mean the best prepared tracks for such weather."
Alpine Skiing European Cup Final
Skiers - 45 (men) + 46 (ladies)
Countries - 18 (men) + 17 (ladies)
Representatives of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee - Approximately 60
Judges - 450
Sports Volunteers - 250
Accredited Media representatives - 150
Weather conditions - Cloudy
Precipitation - No precipitation
Air temperature - +8 +16
Visibility - 10,000 m
Wind speed and direction- South-easterly, 7-12 m/s
Notes to the editor
"Rosa Khutor" Alpine Center is a single venue for all skiing competitions. The total length of the Olympic track is 9 km.
The Olympic competition tracks are located at altitudes from 960 to 2045 meters and have a common finish area. They were designed by the legendary Olympic downhill champion, Bernhard Russi.
Rosa Khutor is a unique alpine resort located in the Krasnaya Polyana district. The name originates from the geographical name "Rosa Khutor", covering approximately 1,820 ha of Aibga Ridge slopes rising above the Mzymta River.