Shiffrin and Schwarz gold in the alpine combined.

Yesterday the parallel giant: it is the first time at the World Championships

Sport - published on 17 February 2021

Source: Fondazione Cortina 2021 press office

Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL), 15th February 2021 – American Mikaela Shiffrin and Austrian Marco Schwarz are the new Alpine Combined World
Champions. Monday in Cortina d’Ampezzo, on the Olympia delle Tofane, two exciting races were held, among the most uncertain ones of the last years.
After the women’s Super-G the pretenders to the medal were all close and in the slalom heat no one could make any calculations. No reversal in the second run: the arrival order of the Super-G
was also the starting order of the slalom. The American Shiffrin won at her first appearance in an Alpine combined race; well placed in the super-G, she dominated the slalom run and
finished 86/100 ahead of the Slovakian Petra Vlhova, seventh after the super-G. Swiss protagonists also today: Michelle Gisin conquered the bronze medal, 89/100 from the gold and
3/100 from the silver. Fourth position for the Italian Elena Curtoni and fifth for the Austrian Ramona Siebenhofer. The Italian Federica Brignone, in the lead after the
super-G, exited at the third gate of the slalom; the same fate befell the Swiss Wendy Holdener, outgoing world champion.
The men’s race was decided by a handful of hundredths. Austrian Marco Schwarz managed to win the first gold medal of his career by exploiting an excellent run in the super-G, despite
being a slalom specialist. He won with a 4/100 advantage over the big favorite of the day, Frenchman Alexis Pinturault, who started out to defend his title but had to settle for silver.
Another medal for the Swiss team with the bronze medal of Loic Meillard, 1″12 behind. The surprise of the day is 23 years old and comes from Canada. His name is James Crawford, in
the Super-G he started with bib number 32 and recorded the best time. He also defended himself very well in the slalom, finishing fourth. Fifth the German Simon Jocher, at his debut in a
World Championship.
After the fast disciplines program, Tuesday 16th the parallel giant slalom will take place in Cortina d’Ampezzo. This is the first time that medals are awarded in this discipline at the World
Championships. Women and men will be engaged first in the qualifications (9 am) and then in the final phase (2 pm), in two different locations. The qualifications will take place on the Lacedelli
slope at 5 Torri, then it will be back to Rumerlo for the runs that will be used to assign the medals.
There are 52 women enrolled in the first phase, 48 men instead.

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