MAR 01, 2021
Within the skiing scene he is a silent star, but on the Atomic team he is an outstanding figure: Croatian Filip Zubcic, silver medalist at the World Championships’ parallel event, keeps this season’s battle for the GS crystal bowl exciting until the very end. In the first GS at Bansko, Bulgaria, he celebrated his third World Cup victory, but then lost ground again to overall leader Alexis Pinturault, finishing 14th in race no. 2. With only two more Giant Slaloms to come, including the Finals, "Zubo" has 64 points to catch up ...
All of a sudden things got pretty tight in the race to the GS title: Redster racer Filip Zubcic took the win in the first World Cup race after the World Champs in Cortina d´Ampezzo, where he had claimed silver in the parallel event and 4th place in Giant Slalom. Unfortunately, he lost that momentum the next day, ending up 14th in the second Bansko GS and losing ground again to current leader Alexis Pinturault. Before the season’s last two Giant Slaloms in Kranjska Gora and Lenzerheide (World Cup Finals), “Zubo” is 64 points behind – but the final score is only tallied at the end.
Manuel Feller regained some stability in the first Bansko GS with two evenly solid runs and a strong 6th place; Marco Schwarz was 10th twice. On March 15, he has a good chance of locking in the Slalom crystal bowl even before the Word Cup Finals in Lenzerheide – he is leading by 146 points.
Heading towards the season finale, up next for the men is a speed triple (two Downhills, one Super-G) at Saalbach, Austria (moved from Kvitfjell), and for the women a tech series at Jasna, Slovakia, with a Giant Slalom and a Slalom.