NZ's Hudson 'stoked' with third in strong field

Charlotte Chable, of Switzerland, powers her way down the slopes of Coronet Peak yesterday to win the women's slalom. Photo: Neil Kerr/Winter Games NZ
Charlotte Chable, of Switzerland, powers her way down the slopes of Coronet Peak yesterday to win the women's slalom. Photo: Neil Kerr/Winter Games NZ
Buckle up and hang on. That was the advice for competitors in the alpine slalom competitions at Coronet Peak yesterday.

Charlotte Chable, of Switzerland, who is based at Coronet Peak, training for the southern hemisphere winter, laid down two scorching runs to win the women's slalom and in doing so scored an eight-point FIS result.

Neja Dvornik, of Slovenia, who has been skiing impressively throughout the ANC Cup series, held her consistent form to finish second.

Third place on the podium went to Wanaka-based Piera Hudson, who laid down the challenge on run two, in which she was second-fastest.

''It's a really good field here. There are a lot of girls here who ski World Cup slalom so yeah ... I'm really stoked to be on the podium today,'' an excited Hudson said.

In a field of world-class female athletes, young Queenstown skier and New Zealand Winter Olympian Alice Robinson finished strongly for sixth after some mistakes on the first run. Teenager Alex Hull, also of Queenstown, produced a solid performance to finish 10th.

The men's competition was also closely fought.

Heading into the second run Swiss World Cup athlete Max Roeisland led, followed by fellow World Cup skier Slovakian Adam Zampa and Alex Leever, of the United States.

The challenging conditions on the middle section of the course produced a new leader, Switzerland's Marc Rochat, who laid down a blistering run to take the gold medal position and for a six-point FIS result, the best points possible at this Continental Cup FIS race.

Zampa also impressed again, finishing second. Swiss World Cup skier Sandro Simonet was third after a fast second run.

New Zealand's Adam Barwood was 24th and Willis Feasey 32nd. Both hope for solid performances moving into day two of the men's slalom today.

Racing continues today with the second day of slalom racing on the ''Outwide'' course at Coronet Peak.

 

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