World Alpine Rockfest gets surprise winner, Bode Miller tries his ankle out

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 23, 2009 10:57 am

The first annual World Alpine Rockfest in Pagnella, Italy went down yesterday, and French skier Cyrpien Richard surprised all with the win. He grabbed himself 100,000 euros for the effort.

“Receiving a check for 100,000 euros does not happen so often,” Richard said, noting there seemed to be “extraordinary passion,” present at the World Alpine Rockfest. “It is a wonderful promotion of skiing,” he said.

The event was amped with energy as the skiers flew by while rock music blared and spectators grooved. Richard beat out such ski sensations as Carlo Janka, Davide Simoncelli and Askel Lund Svindal to come in first.

American Bode Miller tried to ski on his bum ankle, but realized it’s still too soon. “The right ankle still hurts,” he said, “plus I got a bad choice of skis.” He added he felt the event has “a great future. It is an original event organized very well.”