Swedish duo reign supreme after Arosa snowfall

Swedish duo reign supreme after Arosa snowfall
By Sportsbeat

12/12/2017 at 22:22Updated 12/12/2017 at 23:56

Swedish compatriots Viktor Andersson and Sandra Naeslund claimed victory in the men's and women's ski cross World Cup events in Arosa, Switzerland - but only after the elements intervened.

Heavy snowfall on the track meant that the men's and women's finals were both cancelled, with the afternoon's qualification times upgraded to overall results, allowing Andersson and Naeslund to top the podium.

Saturday's races in Val Thorens, which would have been the second to take place in the French Alps in the space of three days, were also completely wrecked by the weather.

In Arosa, Naeslund, who became her country's first-ever ski cross world champion with victory in Sierra Nevada last season, claimed her second World Cup triumph of the new campaign.

Her initial qualifying time of 34.14 seconds went on to become the day's winning total, with the 21-year-old completing the course a full 0.82 seconds faster than Germany's Heidi Zacher (34.96), the same top two that finished first and second in Thursday's season-opener in Val Thorens repeating the trick.

Brittany Phelen (35.02) was third while fellow Canadian Georgia Simmerling (35.21) was fourth, with Anastasiia Chirtcova (35.22), of Russia, fifth and Austria's Andrea Limbacher (35.47) sixth.

In the men’s competition, Andersson thought he had simply qualified fastest when crossed the line in 31.66 seconds in the day's preliminary competition but the 25-year-old's time - 0.31 seconds faster than his nearest competitor - proved enough to seal maximum points.

Kevin Drury (31.97) of Canada was second while another Swede, Victor Ohling Norberg, was third in 32.02.

Switzerland's Marc Bischofberger (32.20) was fourth while the top six was completed by two more Canadians in Ian Deans (32.21) and David Duncan (32.24).

The next World Cup round takes place in Montafon, Austria, on Friday.