Review of the Ski World Cup Lech Zürs 2020
After a pause of 26 years, last month the Ski World Cup finally returned to Lech Zürs. On the 26th and 27th of November 2020, two parallel giant slalom ski races were held in the newly developed Flexen Arena in Zürs. Unfortunately, due to the current situation with Covid-19, spectators were not permitted.
The event organisers can now look back with great satisfaction at a most successful World Cup event. At this point, they would like to thank all the volunteers and others involved for helping to organise a perfect event in all respects. In particular, the warmer temperatures made things difficult for the Course Crew. Ultimately however, the crew were able to offer all the racers a perfectly prepared racetrack, right up to the last race.
On the 26th of November, the event started with the women’s qualification round, in which each racer had to ski once on the red course and once on the blue course. These times were then added together, and the best 16 racers made it into the final. The final was then run according to a knockout system.
In an exciting final, Petra Vlhova from Slovenia was able to do justice to her role as favourite, winning the event ahead of Paula Moltzan from the USA. Third place went to Lara Gut-Behrami from Switzerland. As best Austrian, Elisa Mörzinger was able to secure eighth place.
The following day, it was the men’s turn to offer a series of exciting duels, right to the end of the race. Alexis Pinturault from France was able to win the event, ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen from Norway and Alexander Schmid from Germany. The Austrian Alexander Pertl came fourth.