Naslund wins again
Fanny Smith is only missing five hundredths in South Tyrol
Sandra Näslund celebrates her fourth win of the season at the Ski Cross World Cup in San Candido. The Swiss Fanny Smith came within five hundredths of the Swede in the final.
Fanny Smith just barely beaten in the first ski cross World Cup race in San Candido. (archive image)
Fanny Smith is just a little missing from her first World Cup victory since the success in Sunny Valley in Russia in March 2021. In the final phase of the exciting final, 30-year-old Fanny Smith has a speed advantage over Näslund. The Swede, however, is able to keep Smith at a distance thanks to the advantage of the line choice and celebrate her twelfth consecutive World Cup win.
Fanny Smith makes it onto the podium for the first time this season. In the first three World Cup races of the season in Val Thorens (2) and in Arosa, she was handicapped due to flu and not strong enough. Talina Gantenbein rounded off the good Swiss result in sixth place.
Bad luck with injuries is noticeable in men
Among the men, only Jonas Lenherr survived the round of 16 out of four Swiss. In the semifinals, a careless mistake just before the finish, with the final in mind, cost Lenherr all chances of a second podium finish this winter (after 3rd place in Val Thorens). Lenherr finishes the first race in San Candido in 8th place.
After all, the four Swiss survived the long distance in South Tyrol without a fall. In the first month of the season, Luca Lubasch, world champion Alex Fiva and Olympic champion Ryan Regez all suffered cruciate ligament ruptures. In San Candido, Austria’s Johannes Rohrweck fell heavily, second in the Ski Cross World Cup after three competitions. (SDA)