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The Gold Rush with Champagne weather

13 February 2017: The second racing week started with a drum roll. The first place of the men’s Alpine Combined World Championship went to 23 year old Luca Aerni with an amazing time and the bronze medal winner was Mauro Caviezel from Lenzerheide. The two Swiss men sandwiched the second-place winner and favourite Marcel Hirscher.

Marcel Hirscher, Luca Aerni, Mauro Caviezel (agence zoom)
Mauro Caviezel (agence zoom)
Ski WM 2017
Luca Aerni (Ski WM 2017)
Luca Aerni (Ski WM 2017)
Luca Aerni, Mauro Caviezel (Claudio Kernen)
Luca Aerni (Claudio Kernen)
Marcel Hirscher (agence zoom)
Marcel Hirscher (Ski WM 2017)
Ski WM 2017
Ski WM 2017
Mauro Cavieziel (Ski WM 2017)
Ski WM 2017
Ski WM 2017
Ski WM 2017
Strecke der Qualifikationsrennen in Zuoz (Filip Zuan)
Qualifikationsteilnehmende in Zuoz (Filip Zuan)
Luca Aerni (Claudio Kernen)

At last St. Moritz showed its sunny-side. A cloudless blue sky, sparkles in the air, is exactly how it was. A Champagne climate. Tingling and invigorating just like a glass of champagne.

Change-over of the day: Luca Aerni copied the Combined World Champion 2015, Marcel Hirscher and went from 30th position to 1st.

Guests of the day: School children from the canton of Graubünden enjoyed watching another youngster, Luca Aerni win his victory. During the World Ski Championships, 71 school classes are invited by the organising comittee. A total of 10.500 spectators watched the Monday races (13.02).

Word of the day: Chi-chi-Chi-Le-Le-Le-Olé! Was the chant from the crowd supporting two Chilean racers at the start of the Men’s Combined. However, it was not enough to put them on the podium of the World Ski Championships even though it was the most imaginative chant of the day.

Colours of the day: On the podium only red and white were allowed today.

Side stage of the day: The first qualifying races in Zuoz! At "The Small Nations World Ski Championships", 65 athletes fought for start places in the ladies Giant Slalom on Thursday (16.02). The fastest was Maria Shkanova from Bulgaria ahead of Lelde Gasuna from Latvia and Sarah Schleper, now starting for Mexico. The Kenyian Sabrina Simader also qualified.

Talent of the day: Supported by Longines Ambassador Mikaela Shiffrin saw the best of the U16-ladies' Ski racers from 13 countries compete for the podium of Longines, "2017 Future Ski Champion". First was Erika Pykäläinen from Finland, is she going to be the future gold medal winner at Cortina d’Ampezzo 2021?


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