Following up on the success of his recent NZ Continental Cup GS win, U.S. skier Warner Nickerson took top honors in today’s ANC Giant Slalom at Coronet Peak with a time of 1:52.80.
Behind Nickerson were a pair of Swedes, Tim Lindgren and Jon Olsson, who placed second and third respectively with times of 1:53.46 and 1:53.78.
Olsson, who earned an impressive 1st place finish this week at the NZ National Championships GS, continues to lower his FIS points to increase his world ranking. Readers might remember Olsson, who is also a legendary freeskier, has been training for a possible 2014 Olympic run after an already storied career that includes countless Winter X Games medals, film segments, and high profile sponsorships.
Despite his strong placing, Olsson took to his blog to wonder what could have been if not for the difficult weather conditions that compromised the race’s later starts. “When I was about to drop with start number 8, the weather had rolled in and the snow was dumping. To top things off I got held on the start for a few minutes by a course hold and some nice snow had time to settle in the track, making it really soft and slow,” wrote Olsson.
In the women’s event Veronica Zuzulova of Slovakia took the top spot with a winning time of 1:54.81. Norway’s Lotte Smiseth Sejersted placed second with a time of 1:54.93 and Nadja Vogel (SUI) rounded out the podium with a time of 1:55.62.
SSNZ Alpine Manager James Lazor once again expressed his gratitude to the team at Coronet Peak for assisting the ANC series and staging a world-class event.
“We’d never be able to have the quality races we have without the support of Coronet Peak,” said Lazor. “The whole team has once again done a great job.”
“A huge thank you to all the volunteers for today and all their support throughout the season.”
The racing continues on Monday, September 6th at Mt. Hutt for the NZ National Alpine Championship SG followed by the ANC finals from September 7-10 also at Mt Hutt.