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Jasmina Suter dominates the Crans-Montana Super-G

16.02.2020 - Swiss victory on the Haut-Plateau on Sunday in the Super-G. Jasmina Suter managed to dominate the big Austrian favourites, claiming her first victory in the European Cup.  

After two downhills on the Mont Lachaux piste, the ladies competing in the European Cup competed against each other in the Super-G on Sunday. The presence of Tina Weirather didn’t upset the hierarchy. The Liechtenstein skier couldn’t keep pace, and had to abandon the race. Switzerland’s Jasmina Suter clinched the victory, her first in the European Cup. Already in third place in Saturday’s downhill, she confirmed that she felt very much at ease in Crans-Montana. «It wasn’t all perfect. But in the Super-G, if you don’t make any mistakes, it means that you’re not going very fast», adds Jasmina Suter. The Schwyz local won in 51’’57’’, beating Austria’s Nadine Fest by just four hundredths of a second. Rahel Kopp took the third podium place, 0’’44 behind.   

After the three races held in Crans-Montana, Nadine Fest ends up the overall winner in the Valais stage of the European Cup. After one victory and two second places, the Austrian strengthens her first place in the overall rankings of the European Cup, 244 points in front of her compatriot Rosina Schneeberger. She is also in the lead in both the Super-G and downhill rankings.

At the time of evaluating the event, Marius Robyr, president of the Crans-Montana World Cup and European Cup organisation committee, says he is very satisified:  «In running these races, we are working for the future of skiing. The girls learned a lot during their stay in Crans-Montana. And for us as organisers, it means we can also fine-tune details for the World Cup races next week. » The White Circus will once again be stopping off on the Haut-Plateau, with two downhills on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 February, as well as an Alpine Combined on Sunday 23 February.

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An Olympic champion visits Crans-Montana for the Women’s European Cup

Initially he should have been in China for the first Men’s World Cup races in Yanqing, which had to be cancelled due to Coronavirus. So Didier Défago made the most of some freetime for a short visit to the Haut-Plateau. The White Circus piste architect, in the service of the FIS, came to Crans-Montana to closely follow the second European Cup downhill on Saturday. The Valais resort had the pleasure of welcoming the skier from Morgins on the same day as he was celebrating the ten year anniversary of his Olympic title in the Vancouver Olympic Games. The friendly champion took the opportunity to mention the Crans-Montana/Valais 2025 bid for the World Championships with great enthusiasm.  
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Didier Défago


Rosina Schneeberger cruises through

The Austrians dominated the second downhill in Crans-Montana. Switzerland’s Jasmina Suter, in third place, finishes with her first podium place in the European Cup discipline.  

Speed specialists on the European Cup circuit have been in Crans-Montana since Wednesday. The second downhill, which took place on Saturday morning, was won by the Austrian Rosina Schneeberger in 1’16’’49, beating her compatriot Nadine Fest by 0’’63. The Swiss were not left out, as Jasmina Suter finished in third place, 1’’47 in front of Rahel Kopp, with 1’’57. These two members of the Austrian team feel very much at ease in Crans-Montana, as they already finished in first and third place in the first downhill, however on Thursday, it was Fest who managed to beat Schneeberger.

The race winner blew away all competition. At 26, Rosina Schneeberger used her wealth of experience to perfectly master a well-prepared Mont Lachaux piste, which was made very difficult by the hardness of the snow. The icy surface proved very selective, not allowing any mistakes. The proof was that 15 women out of the 49 starters did not reach the finish.

« The upper part was really hitting hard. Noone had a good feeling in this part, and this is why I continued fighting until the bottom, and that ended up paying off. The last super quick wall was really impressive », notes Switzerland’s Jasmina Suter, who was very satisfied with her third place.  Specialising more in Giant Slalom and Super-G, the skier from Schwyz took her first European Cup downhill podium place in Crans-Montana.- The last race in Crans-Montana as part of this stop on the European Cup, a Super-G, takes place on Sunday.  It starts at 9am.

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Heavy snowfall and a workload to match – second downhill at 09.00 

It turned out to be a very wise decision to bring forward by a day the first Women’s European Cup downhill in Crans-Montana. In fact, between 25 and 50 centimetres of fresh snow fell overnight, making it impossible to organise a race, despite the return of the sunshine. Friday’s task was to return the Mont-Lachaux piste to competition level again, thanks to the efforts of the committed staff and with the help of soldiers from Bat inf mont 85, under the responsibility of the race director Markus Murmann. Therefore Saturday’s second downhill and Sunday’s Super-G will be taking place in the best conditions.  

Due to the increase in daytime temperatures, the fifth downhill of the season has been brought forward to 09.00.

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Nadine Fest wins the first European Cup downhill

13.02.2020 - On Thursday, on the Mont Lachaux piste, the Austrian beat Rahel Kopp. It was a strong result overall for Switzerland, with five Swiss skiers in the top eleven places.

At the end of this week, the women’s European Cup is stopping off in Crans-Montana for three races. The first downhill took place on Thursday on the Mont Lachaux piste. Due to the poor weather forecast for Friday, the race was brought forward a day. The day belonged to Austria’s Nadine Fest, winning with a time of 1’14’’79, in front of Switzerland’s Rahel Kopp 16 hundredths behind, and another Austrian, Rosina Schneeberger 0.34 behind her. Nadine Fest therefore confirmed her position as favourite, as she currently holds first place in the overall rankings, as well as in the European Cup downhill rankings. And all this with a splint on her right hand, following a fall last week.  «I didn’t need to stop after this incident. I’m pleased with my race here in Crans-Montana. This season, I decided to focus on the European circuit rather than the World Cup. »

As for Rahel Kopp, everything went well for her too. The skier from Saint-Gall, who is always at ease on the Mont Lachaux piste, is more than satisfied with her second place. «Yes, especially as downhill is not my favourite discipline. I’m concentrating on the giant and the combined. This podium place is excellent for my confidence. This first downhill took place in good conditions on a superb piste. » The Swiss side have plenty to be pleased about. As well as Rahel Kopp, four other skiers finished in the top 11.

Due to unfavourable weather forecasts, there will be no training and racing on Friday. The program for Saturday (10:00 Downhill) and Sunday (10:00 Super-G) is maintained.

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Video (in French only): Laurent Morel/SkiActu


good morning!

13.02.2020 - Today's downhill is confirmed. The first racer, the Russian Elena Yakovishina, will start at 10:00 on the very well prepared piste Mont Lachaux. Wishing all a good and accident free race.

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The first European Cup downhill race is brought forward to Thursday 

12.02.2020 - The organisers in Crans-Montana take their responsibilities seriously in order to ensure that the two downhills and Super-G  for the women’s European Cup run as smoothly as possible. The first downhill on the Haut-Plateau has therefore been brought forward to Thursday at 10am due to the weather forecast. Snowfall and wind have been forecast for the afternoon in Crans-Montana, continuing until late into the night or longer.  

On Wednesday, the first training session for the races on the difficult Mont-Lachaux piste took place in excellent conditions on a perfectly prepared piste. France’s Karen Smadja-Clément finished with the best time, followed by Sweden’s Helena Rapaport and Switzerland’s Rahel Kopp. The Austrian favourite Nadine Fest, the European Cup leader, had the 4th best time of the day.

Alongside Rahel Kopp, the other Swiss skiers are still in the picture. Valais local Lindy Etzensperger took the 6th fastest time, Juliana Suter 10th and Jasmina Suter 14th. In other good news, there were no falls in this first test run, even though a dozen athletes missed at least one gate.  

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Launch of the European Cup races

11.02.2020 - Despite difficult weather conditions, Markus Murmann, race director, and his team have succeeded in delivering a very well-prepared Mont Lachaux piste for the first downhill training session on Wednesday 12 February.!
During the first team leaders’ meeting, the FIS Women’s European Cup coordinator, Spaniard Jordi Pujol, and the FIS technical delegate, Fabienne Dheyriat from France, appeared more than satisfied with the work that had been put in. Although the first training session was postponed from 10am until 12pm, this was due to last minute finishing work, which included improving the installation of the safety netting. The technicians are decidedly optimistic for the two downhills this Friday and Saturday, as well as the Super-G on Sunday. 

Construction of the structures for the women’s World Cup races (21 to 23 February), with two downhills and an alpine combined programmed, are taking place alongside preparation for the European Cup. From Wednesday, in addition to the civil protection men already on site, the construction manager Dominique Morard will have reinforcement from soldiers from the Geb Inf Bat 85. It’s a huge challenge, but the multi-tasking construction team are meeting deadlines.
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STeam Captains Meeting: bibs draw for the 1st training downhill.
From left to right: Jordi Pujol, Fabienne Dheyriat and Marius Robyr.

Guaranteed World Cup places at stake in the European Cup races

10.02.2020 - After a positive snow control by the FIS in Crans-Montana, everything is ready for the women’s Alpine Ski World Cup races, which include two downhills and a combined, from 21 until 23 February.  However the show already starts this week on the Mont Lachaux piste, with the European Cup competitions as an appetiser. Two training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will precede two downhill races on Friday and Saturday, and a Super-G on Sunday. All races will start at 10am.

Stakes will be high for the European Cup downhill races in Crans-Montana as these will be the last two heats this winter in the speed event. The three top ladies in the discipline on Saturday evening will be awarded guaranteed places in the World Cup next season. At the moment, Austria’s Nadine Fest, double winner in St. Anton last month, is leading the way, 200 points in front of Switzerland’s Juliana Suter (145) and her compatriot Rosina Schneeberger (130). Rahel Kopp (7th), surprise winner in Pila last week, Vivianne Härri (12th) and Lindy Etzensperger (15th) will also have cards up their sleeves. Nadine Fest will also be a huge favourite for the  Super-G, as she is leading the ranking in this discipline.

49 athletes from 11 nations are enrolled in the European Cup competitions, among them several skiers from the World Cup, such as Tina Weirather, competing only in the Super-G, and Priska Nufer and Nina Ortlieb. For some skiers, this week will be a wonderful opportunity to train for the World Cup races taking place next week, and for others, it will allow them to compete against established athletes from the White Circus.

A reminder that Austria’s Elisabeth Reisinger, who won the two European Cup races in Crans-Montana last year, and her teammate Nina Ortlieb, who has twice finished on the European Cup podium in the Valais resort, have already moved on to the World Cup.   

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