One hour after the Haut-Valaisan Ramon Zenhäusern’s silver medal in the Olympic Slalom, Michelle Gisin won the PyeongChang Alpine Combined. An extraordinary triumph for the fantastic 24 year old skier from Engelberg, leaving the American Mikaela Shiffrin 0.97 seconds behind her. Although she was only 0.77 seconds behind Lindsey Vonn in the Downhill, she managed the 3rd best time in the Slalom heat, adding to the Gisin family’s Olympic medal collection, four years after her sister Dominique won gold in the Downhill at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.
The bronze went to the silver medallist in the Slalom… Wendy Holdener (24 years old). From her 10th place at the end of the Downhill, the skier from Schwytz finally crept up into 3rd place. Thanks to these two brilliant athletes, Switzerland holds 11 Olympic medals today.
Beaming in the finish area, Michelle Gisin declared: «During my run, I thought I was going to have to prepare myself for it not being enough again. I’d hoped so much that today would be the day I’d be able to deliver a run like this ». Her sister also seemed really happy: «She so deserves this medal».
Despite climbing up the rankings in the Slalom (8 places), Denise Feierabend, third Swiss in the line-up, finished in 9th place at this Alpine Combined, just missing out on the Olympic diploma.
The Organisation Committee for the Crans-Montana Ladies World Cup congratulates Michelle and Wendy for their wonderful success. The Valais Haut-Plateau is absolutely delighted to be welcoming all these ladies from the White Circus very soon. In a few days, the Mont Lachaux piste will host the three European Cup races (26-28.02.), which will prove a real test before the Olympic Game rematch takes place in the form of a Super-G (Saturday 3 March) and an Alpine Combined (Sunday 4 March.)
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