SECOND RANK IN SPRINT GOES TO IWAN ARNOLD
In the Sprint on the third day of the event, Iwan Arnold (SUI) could achieve the weekend's best Atomic result. The 24-year old Swiss, very strong in this category, won the quarterfinal as well as the semifinal and consequently could qualify for a dramatic grand final. A run to the victory was not possible any more, but he finished third after Roberto Antoniolli (ITA) and Anton Palzer (GER). Shortly later, this result was changed: because Palzer had jumped the gun and was ranked last of the heat, and Arnold became second. Satisfied with his performance, he analyzed the competition: "The qualifying was perfect, and also the quarter- and semifinal couldn't have been better. In the final, my feeling was not so good any more, I was heavy-legged. The transitions also didn't go well, so there was not more to be achieved. But what was constantly working perfectly is the new generation of ATOMIC-skins."
The result was a gratification after his reinstatement at the World Cup in Albosoggia (ITA) in January. There, Iwan could win the final, but was finally ranked sixth as he had operated the binding outside the transition zone.