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Review - Audi FIS Ski World Cup Women – Arlberg Kandahar Races

On Saturday the 9th of January, in the context of the traditional Arlberg Kandahar Races, an extremely demanding women’s downhill race was held on the “Karl Schranz Racetrack”.  This track includes the “Eisfall” with a gradient of around 80 percent, making it one of the steepest slopes on the women’s World Cup circuit. Sofia Goggia from Italy was able to win the race some .96 seconds ahead of the second-placed Tamara Tippler from Austria and 1.04 seconds ahead of third-placed Breezy Johnson from the USA.

At the Super G on the following day, Swiss racer Lara Gut-Behrami was able to secure victory .16 seconds ahead of the Italian Marta Bassino and .2 seconds ahead of her Swiss teammate Corinne Suter. Once again Tamara Tippler was the fastest Austrian, just missing the podium in fourth place. The surprise of the day, from an Austrian perspective, was Ariane Rädler from Vorarlberg. With the start number 34, Ariane was the second-fastest Austrian finishing in 7th place. The demanding and difficult Super-G did not run well for some of the favourites. At her home races in the Arlberg, Nina Ortlieb was unable to demonstrate her good form, unfortunately falling out of both races. All the best Nina, for the coming races in Crans-Montana.

On both days, the racetrack was in an excellent condition and the stunning weather and frosty temperatures made for two spectacular ski races. Unfortunately, due to current Covid-19 regulations, spectators were not permitted at the races. Thus, organisers ensured that other fans and supporters were present at the finish line: around 100 snowmen were constructed and decorated in the stadium, creating a good atmosphere and a colourful backdrop for the ski racers. For 100 euros it was possible to become a patron of a snowman. All the money collected was donated to a Caritas sustainable water project in Africa.

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