Double Swiss giant slalom delight from Berthod and Albrecht
Marc Berthod and Daniel Albrecht delighted a Swiss home crowd on Saturday with a one-two podium finish in an alpine skiing World Cup giant slalom.
7 January 2008
ADELBODEN - Marc Berthod and Daniel Albrecht delighted a Swiss home crowd on Saturday with a one-two podium finish in an alpine skiing World Cup giant slalom.
Placed fourth after the first run, Berthod had a splendid second run to triumph in a combined total of 2 minutes 27.56 seconds.
It was his second career win, following a memorable slalom success at the same venue last year when he rose from 29th to first. Berthod is the first Swiss to win the Adelboden giant slalom since Didier Cuche triumphed in 2002.
Albrecht completed the Swiss success with second place in 2:28.12 and Hannes Reichelt of Austria shot from 10th to third place in 2:28.14 minutes.
Fellow-Austrian Benjamin Raich had to settle for seventh after winning the previous two giant slaloms on the Kuonisbergli, but he maintained first place in the World Cup with 560 points from 16 races. Cuche has 520 and Albrecht is third with 446 points.
Albrecht now leads the giant slalom standings with 248 points from Raich (228) and Finland's Kalle Paldander (240) after five races.
A slalom was scheduled for Sunday at the same venue.
[Copyright dpa 2008]
Subject: Swiss news