Swedish freeskier Jon Olsson wins NZ National Championship GS, moves closer to Sochi 2014 bid

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 31, 2010 11:23 am

Swedish freeskier Jon Olsson earned one of the most impressive victories of his ski career yesterday, and it wasn’t on any Winter X Games or Dew Tour course.

No — the Swede, who has been devoting his life towards making good on a bet to compete in giant slalom at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, claimed 1st place in the New Zealand National Championship GS at Coronet Peak.

Olsson finished the two run race in 1 minute 46.59 seconds, besting Norway’s Espen Lysdahl and U.S. skier David Chodunsky in second and third, respectively.

For Olsson, scoring 1st place earned him a FIS point result of 10.94, a score that should move him up in the world rankings from 85th to 64th when the standings are updated. More importantly, Olsson’s Olympic aspirations are greatly improved as he will now move in to the third spot among Swedish GS rankings.

“The dream of making the the 2014 Olympics is now more alive then ever,” Olsson wrote in his latest blog.

On the women’s side, Olsson’s fellow Swede, Jessica Lindell-Vikarby took the top spot ahead of Slovakia’s Veronika Zuzulova in second and Norway’s Lotte Smiseth Sejersted in third.

The New Zealand National Championships continue tomorrow with men’s and women’s slalom races.