Stefan Hadalin (SWE) vs. Alexander Schmid (GER)
The third in the group of DSV drivers is Alexander Schmid. His two colleagues had put in a strong performance and Schmid is also fully on course because his opponent does not finish the race.
Filip Zubcic (CRO) vs. Stefan Luitz (GER)
Stefan Luitz is immediately given a very tricky task, but at least masters it very well in the first run! Against the strong Croat Filip Zubcic, the German secured 0.23 seconds.
River Radamus (USA) vs. Zan Kranjec (SLO)
The junior world champion from the USA is left behind at the start, but then fights his way up again and checks in 0.18 seconds behind. Everything is still there!
Timon Haugan (NOR) vs. Linus Straßer (GER)
The first of three Germans in the round of 16 is Linus Straßer. And it gets a relaxed start. Timon Haugan got stuck at the start, injured himself and didn’t even finish.
Ivan Kuznetsov (RUS) vs. Loic Meillard (SUI)
The men’s competition is opened by Ivan Kuznetsov and Loic Meillard. The Swiss immediately built on his brilliant performance from the qualification and got the maximum advantage of half a second with a sparkling clean drive.
The competitions for women and men are held in parallel. Women start, the men then follow each other with the same round.
Wide field of favorites
With Alexis Pinturault, the supposed top favorite is not there today. The Frenchman, who has already won four races this season, including the only parallel giant slalom and is leading the overall World Cup, has decided against a start. Since Henrik Kristoffersen is also missing, the race seems to be completely open. In addition to the drivers from German-speaking countries, the Slovenian Zan Kranjec and Samu Torsti from Finland also convinced in the qualifying.
Two Swiss there
Loic Meillard put a big exclamation mark in the qualification and burned the best time of all drivers in the snow. Marco Odermatt was only a tad slower as the third of his group and is also there, while Justin Murisier narrowly missed the round of 16 by a hundredth. Gino Caviezel didn’t finish his run and missed the final.
Gstrein shines, black fails
In the Austrian camp, mixed feelings prevail after the qualification. Fabio Gstrein showed a great performance and set the fastest time in his group. Combination world champion Marco Schwarz, on the other hand, missed the round of 16 just as narrowly as in the other group Roland Leitinger. Adrian Pertl fell and is also not there.
DSV-Trio im Finale
The German men showed a strong performance that morning. Stefan Luitz and Alexander Schmid each landed the second best time in their groups, and Linus Strasser also qualified confidently. Only Sebastian Holzmann missed the round of 16 after falling in qualifying.
At the World Championship, too, the parallel races will of course be held in the new mode that has been in use since last season. Only the best 16 drivers of the qualification reach the final. These then drive in direct duels from the round of 16 to the finals for victory. All duels consist of a round trip and a return run, while the courses are swapped in between to create equal opportunities. The maximum delay after one round is 0.5 seconds. Placement runs will not be held.
Hello and welcome back to the Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo! Today is a premiere in the Dolomites. For the first time, medals will be awarded in the parallel giant slalom this year. The final starts at 2 p.m.
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