Reflecting on the FIS Alpine World Cup Giant Slalom Opener in Sölden
Published: 24th October 2016
Sölden kick-started this season’s FIS Alpine World Cup providing plenty of entertainment in the women’s and men’s giant slalom competition.
Seen as a special venue among skiers, Sölden saw the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the World Cup with the first ever winner, Heinrich Messner, in attendance to open the competition. Great skiing conditions greeted the competitors across the weekend and a beautiful day off the slopes got even better for Lara Gut on them taking a commanding victory. The second of her career featured at the Sölden opener, the Swiss skier held onto a margin of 1.44 seconds to hold of the American runner-up, Mikaela Shiffrin.
In the men’s giant slalom, Alexis Pinturault claimed his first win of the 2016/17 season with 0.70 seconds over Austrian Marcel Hirscher in second. A hard-fought dual which fans will be keen to see progress across the duration of the season, the skiers pushed hard for an opening win ahead of their two-week break.
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