(SUN PEAKS) With the weather finally cooperating, the Sun Peaks FIS Speed Ski World Cup went off without a hitch today – save for a few tumbles.
Completing all four runs planned and heading into tomorrow with hopes of running the finals for the second World Cup, things were looking great and spirits were high among the racers and event staff.
Klaus Schrottshammer of Austria has bragging rights, being the fastest racer of the first World Cup race of the weekend clocking a speed of 169.36 km/h. The Italian Origone brothers came second and third – Ivan with a speed of 169.07 km/h and Simone clocking in at 168.56 km/h.
The results were close for the women’s speed category. Linda Baginski of Sweden earned the top spot with a speed of 163.64 km/h while Karine Dubouchet Revol of France came a close second with 163.59 km/h and Italy’s Valentina Greggio snuck into third going 163.13 km/h.
Going into tomorrow, things are looking promising for Ivan Origone as he sits first after the semi-finals for the second World Cup event. Ivan was the only racer to crack the 170 mark with a final speed of 170.37 km/h. Sitting in second after today is Schrottshammer with a final speed of 169.68 km/h and third place going into tomorrow is Simone with 168.85 km/h.
“Today was an epic day of speed skiing. While there were some crashes and a few injuries, spirits were high and we had speeds of up to 170 km/h,” says Adam Earle, event organizer. “The Headwalls track may not be the fastest in the world but its certainly one the most exciting.”