Croatian Ski Association

12/15/2019 | News release | Archived content

On a difficult slope in Val d’Isere Croatian skiers score new World Cup points

In today's slalom, which was first rescheduled from Sunday to Saturday, only to be postponed due to strong winds and eventually held again on Sunday, our skiers have scored new valuable World Cup points.

Among 70 skiers on the start list were four Croatians: Istok Rodeš with start number 17, Elias Kolega with number 21, Matej Vidović (29) and Filip Zubčić (69).

On a difficult course, Istok skied a fantastic first run and finished in 7th place. He was sitting in a fantastic position to chase a career-best result. With a very solid first run, Matej Vidović crossed the finish line in 18th while Elias Kolega was 25th. Unfortunately, this time around Filip Zubčić did not manage to land a spot in the second run.

In the second run Elias showed that he can compete with the best slalom skiers in the world. With the fourth time of the second run, he moved from 25th to 15th place and earned his second-best career result. He was more successful only in Adelboden in early 2019 when he finished 6th.

Matej did very well in the second run as well, finishing the race in 20th place and earning his fourth top 20 result.

Istok started his second run very aggressively, unfortunately he made a costly mistake and despite showcasing an excellent form, he finished the race in 25th place.

With a total time of 1: 47.91, Alexis Pinturault won in front of his home crowd ahead of Andre Myhrer (+1.44) and Stefano Gross (+1.47).

The next men's slalom race will be held on Sljeme on January 5, 2020, while the best women in the world will ski on the same slope the day before, on January 4, 2020.