A crowd of 7500 enthusiastic ski fans enjoyed a great show at Hammarbybacken on Tuesday night when the Audi FIS Ski World Cup City Event went down. A total of 32 racers competed, 16 ladies and 16 men – all from the top of the FIS Ski World Cup rankings.
The team of slope volunteers endured a tough 24 hours removing the snow that fell overnight to maintain the slope conditions in excellent shape. And the course conditions were outstanding, the skies cleared just as the weather forecast had promised and temperatures dropped below freezing.
– As the chief of competition I am very proud after tonight’s race, but as a fan of ski racing I am euphoric! What a high level of sporting performances and a fantastic crowd – I will fall asleep with a smile on face, said Hans Olsson, Chief of Competition at World Cup Stockholm.
The night exhibited tight duels where hundredths of a second made the difference in the end. The men’s winner, Ramon Zenhaeusern, SUI claimed his career first World Cup podium in his first ever city event as he beat André Myhrer, SWE by 0.06 seconds.
– It was a tight race, and I thought I skied well all the way through. I was a bit faster in the first run and then it became a tough challenge with Ramon. I am obviously disappointed; it would have been terrific to win on home snow but I will now save it to the Åre World Cup Finals in March. The atmosphere here at Hammarbybacken is just fantastic, you hear the crowds all the way to the start and they are cheering on all the racers, commented André Myhrer.
On the ladies’ side the fight for the win was between Wendy Holdener of Switzerland and Nina Haver-Loeseth from Norway, with the Norwegian taking the honors by 0.52 seconds after Holdener almost crashed out.
– This course suits me really well. I am extremely happy about the support that I received from all the Swedish fans in the audience, said Nina Haver-Loeseth.
Frida Hansdotter finished 4th in the end, after falling in her small final against Petra Vhlova from Slovakia.
Photos for editorial use are available here (Photo credit: Nisse Schmidt).