The Alpine athletes in the Fischer Sports team had a packed programme again last weekend. While the men were competing in a Giant Slalom and Slalom in Adelboden in Switzerland the women took on a Downhill and Super Combined in Zauchensee, Austria.
In the fifth Giant Slalom race of the 13l14 season Thomas Fanara (FRA) was once again a force to be reckoned with. Following his second place in the GS in Val d'Isère he again managed a podium finish.
Going into the race with bib number one, Thomas Fanara (FRA) clocked a time in the first run which proved to be a tough act to follow for his fellow competitors. In the second run he lost some time in the bottom section of the run and had to settle for second place behind Germany's Felix Neureuther. "I'm satisfied, even though I would have liked to stay in first place. With regard to Sochi, however, this was another step in the right direction and I'm also happy about second place," said the 32-year-old Frenchman.
South Tyrolean racer Manfred Mölgg came sixth which secured him his best Giant Slalom placing so far this season.
The Slalom on Sunday finished with the two Italians Manfred Mölgg and Patrick Thaler in fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Manfred Mölgg was able to successfully defend his fifth position after the first run on the Chuenisbärgli hill. The 31-year-old racer from Enneberg missed out on third place by a mere 0.34 hundredths of a second in the end. This is Mölgg's next top result of 2014 after third place in the Slalom in Bormio and sixth place on Saturday in the Adelboden Giant Slalom. He is clearly making his way back to the top in good time for the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Patrick Thaler made every effort to climb up the standings in the second run and skied the fastest time to overtake 11 other racers. Further proof of his consistent form in Slalom. He had already clinched a sixth place in Levi, came third in Val d'Isère with a podium finish and in Bormio he finished eleventh overall. This was the fourth top-11 result in succession on Sunday – the best series ever so far for the racer from Sarn.
In what was the only Super Combined before the Olympic Games in Sochi, Niki Hosp (AUT) managed a practically perfect run in the Super G, demonstrating what was possible with a best time of one minute and 13.14 seconds. Unfortunately she was unable to maintain her lead in the second leg and slipped back into fourth place. However, the Ausserfern racer was not unhappy about her result: "I struggled with the tracks, they were quite a way away from the gates. It simply wasn't my run. The course was set so it was extremely opened up – the tracks in a Super Combined are always further away from the gates. I just wasn't able to cope with that, but I'm still very satisfied with my performance in the Super G."