Stuhec Returns in Weather-Plagued Final South American Speed Series
It was rough going this week in Chile for the final South American Cup (SAC) speed series of the season in El Colorado as weather forced the cancellation of all but four races. Originally scheduled to host alpine combined, downhill, and super-G races for men and women, only men’s and women’s super-Gs were held September 11 and 12.
Day one of super-G saw Slovenian star Ilka Stuhec make her first appearance in a starting gate since World Cup Finals in March of 2017 after suffering a knee injury last October. The 2017 World Championship downhill gold medalist handily won her debut by nearly three seconds over Switzerland’s Valentine Macheret in second and Italy’s Anna Hofer in third. Francesca Baruzzi Farriol of Argentina was the top continental finisher in ninth.
The first men’s race was taken by Germany’s Manuel Schmid, barely edging out Serbia’s Marko Vukicevic by a slim 0.11 seconds and Slovenia’s Miha Hrovat by 0.13 seconds for second and third, respectively. Chile’s Henrik Von Appen was the top continental finisher in fifth.
Women’s race number two went to Andorra as 17-year-old Cande Moreno Becerra took the win ahead of Macheret in second and Hofer in third who once again found themselves on the podium. Argentina’s Macarena Simari Birkner was the top continental finisher in sixth.
Slovenia took the final men’s race of the series with World Cup skier Klemen Kosi besting his teammate Hrovat by 0.10 seconds for the win. Von Appen fought his way to a third-place finish and top continental athlete honors, 0.90 seconds off the pace.
The SAC season wraps up in Cerro Castor, Argentina, September 17-20 with men’s and women’s slalom and giant slalom racing.
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