Deromedis (green) finished fourth in the final round. © Social Media
Simone Deromides of Trentino was almost allowed to celebrate at San Candido, but in the end she finished “only” fourth. Dominic Zweich had retired earlier.
December 22, 2022
At San Candido, Simon Deromides of Trentino hoisted the Italian flag. He qualified impressively for the final, for example by crossing the finish line first in the semi-final ahead of Germany’s Niklas Paschleitner. But things did not go well for the 22-year-old on the deciding day. From the start, Azzurro lagged behind his rivals and eventually finished fourth.
The victory was taken on the second day of the race in San Candido by Canadian Reese Howden, who confidently trailed Sugai Ryo from Japan and Bachelettener to second and third places. The 24-year-old leads the overall standings with 301 points, ahead of yesterday’s winner Matthias Graf of Austria (279), who made a disappointing halt in today’s quarter-finals. An interesting duel for the coveted, but steadily crystal ball, develops here.
Dominik Zuech (in blue) finished the race in 12th place ©Social media
Local champion Dominik Zweich was also eliminated in the quarter-finals. Ski jumper Lana had to concede defeat in the fight for a place in the semi-finals against eventual winner Rhys Howden of Canada and Davis Oliver of Great Britain in third place. Canadian Lyman Brady also did not qualify for the final, finishing fourth in this race.
Naslund is unbeatable
In the women’s category, no one was able to shake the dominance of Sandra Näslund, who celebrated her fifth consecutive victory. The Swede was ahead of her rivals in the final and is also the undisputed first in the overall standings with 500 points. For comparison: your first female chaser, Mariel Thompson, had 269 points.
Her speed saved the 26-year-old from a sticky situation in the final. Because behind her, the Swiss Fanny Smith and Sonia Gigler of Austria were involved in the fall after Smith made a mistake and the Austrian could no longer avoid it. Because they missed a goal in the process, they were both listed as 3rd in the final standings. The recipient was Andrea Lembacher in second place, also from Austria, who celebrated her first World Cup podium.
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