The countries of Switzerland and Sweden were both represented in fine form yesterday during the World Cup ski cross event in Meiringen-Hasliberg, Switzerland. Leading the pack for them women was Anna Holmlund from Sweden, followed by Ophelie David from France and Norway’s Marte Hoeie Gjefsen.
The men saw Swiss racer Michael Schmid in first, followed by Norway’s Audun Groenvold in second, and Canada’s Chris Del Bosco in third.
For the U.S. women, Caitlin Ciccone, of Littleton, N.H., gave a career-best race, finishing 15th.
“Caitlin did awesome today. She finally got through the first round battle. She was able to get out of the start pretty much even, and that had been her weakness all year,” U.S. Ski Cross Head Coach Tyler Shepherd said. “That was a huge break in her skiing and something to certainly end the year well on. She had a solid day of skiing and 15th was a great finish for her.”
According to Shepherd, the course was not ideal for passing, and Ciccone’s success came through her start and making the best of a tricky first turn.
“It was not a course that allowed a lot of passing opportunity because it was really tight and had a ton of really quick turns,” Shepherd said. “Going into the first turn there was a ton of contact and she came out in the best way she could, tucked in behind Ophelie David [France] and was able to maintain the transfer position the whole way down.”
For the U.S. men, John Teller of Mammoth Lakes, CA showed increased confidence and potential as he finished 21st. “We’re excited about John. He had the results he wanted today. He’s gaining more confidence,” Shepherd said. “Unfortunately he didn’t get on the right side of it out of the start and couldn’t make anything happen on this course, but all in all it was a good try.”
The World Cup ski cross will finish up the season in Sierra Nevada, Spain, on March 20.