Aussies top performers in Continental Cup
LAST week saw Australia’s best alpine skiers hit the slopes at Hotham Alpine Resort in Victoria for the Australia New Zealand Cup ( A N C ) eve n t s ove r f o u r days.
More than 70 athletes representing 10 countries took part with USA, Canada, NZ and many countries throughout Europe in the field for the two events, Giant Slalom (GS) and Slalom.
Starting off with the Men’s GS on Day 1, Australia’s Luc Chevalier from Thredbo finished third behind winner Adam Zampa from Slovakia and Hig Roberts from the USA in second.
Australia’s Winter Olympian Greta Small launched her campaign in gold, winning over Sabina Majerczyk from Poland.
Small backed this up at her home mountain, Hotham Alpine Resort, with a second win in the Slalom taking first place over Majerczyk again and team mate Jessica Haslau from Mt Buller in third.
In t h e m e n ’s G S o n Day 2, Zampa was once again in front with Mattias Roenngren from Sweden in second and Australia’s Ross Peraudo from Perisher placing third.
In the Women’s GS events it was a fierce competition with top places juggling from the day before.
Finishing off in first was New Zealand’s Piera Hudson followed by Aussie Greta Small in second.
She was joined by team mate Jessica Haslau from Mt Buller in third.
On to the Slalom event and strong Giant Slalom performer Majerczyk finished in first with Australia’s Haslau backing up her third place GS performance to take second in the overall Women’s Slalom.
Elise Chauvel from the USA was in third.
I n t h e M e n ’s S l a l o m , Zampa from Slovakia again took the crown of gold ahead of US team mates Hig Roberts and Nolan Kasper.
The first Australian to place on day two was Ross Peraudo in 11th position.
The Australia New Zealand Continental Cup event now heads to Coronet Peak in New Zealand with overall discipline (GS, SL) winners securing their own world cup spot for the upcoming Northern Hemisphere season.