And two bronze medals for Loïc Meillard at the Alpine Skiing World Championships. The 24-year-old won the “small final” of the parallel event played this Tuesday in Cortina d’Ampezzo. The German Alexander Schmid seemed set to win, but he fell a few doors from the finish… In the final, the Frenchman Mathieu Faivre won against the Croatian Filip Zubcic. Among the ladies, victory for the Italian Marta Bassino ahead of the Austrian Katharina Liensberger and the French Tessa Worley.
Even more than the podiums, many will remember from this event, which was making its appearance on the World Championships, that it still needs to be improved to meet certain standards of sporting fairness. If the format in successive duels, played in two rounds each, presents a certain interest in terms of spectacle, several points of the rules pose problem.
The main one: the one that caps the gap between the two riders, at the end of the first run, at 5 tenths of a second, even when it is obvious that it is in fact much higher. This combined with the fact that one of the two tracks, the red in this case, was much faster than the other, there is something deeply unfair about this “law”. It probably cost Wendy Holdener his qualification for the semi-finals. “On both heats, I was faster, she responded. We need a change in the regulations. ”
The Italian Federica Brignone, she did not hesitate to speak of “the most unfair test of her life”.