Alpine Skiing

Mauro Caviezel scores first World Cup win in Val d'Isere Super G

The Swiss flyer made a spectacular comeback from Achilles surgery, coping best with poor conditions to take victory from Adrian Smiseth Sejersted and Christian Walder.

By Ken Browne ·

Swiss skier Mauro Caviezel claimed his first World Cup victory in the Super G at Val d'Isere on Saturday (12 December).

Despite heavy snow and poor visibility, Caviezel found a line and skied smoothly to clock a winning time of 1:01.34.

After seven previous podium finishes, this was the first time the 32-year-old had made it onto the top step, and he did it in his first race back following Achilles surgery in June.

"For me, it's unbelievable. It's a great comeback for me," he told FIS afterwards.

Norway's Adrian Smiseth Sejersted was second just 0.10 behind Caviezel, with Christian Walder of Austria third (+0.54).

A difficult day for the World Cup leaders saw last week's Santa Caterina giant slalom winner and overall standings topper Marco Odermatt (+1.01) finish in 13th place.

Alexis Pinturault (+0.86), second overall, looked very disappointed with his seventh place on a day where small mistakes resulted in big penalties.

Mauro's older brother Gino Caviezel had a little chat with his brother while he was sitting in the king's chair but could not match his exploits, finishing down in 25th over a second and a half off the pace.

Prast crashes out

As conditions grew ever more treacherous, Italian skier Alexander Prast suffered a dramatic crash which sent his helmet flying off as he lost control on a jump halfway down.

Prast was upright and sitting up but needed to be helped from the course with what looked like a serious right knee injury.

Racing resumed after a delay but no one could get near Mauro Caviezel who will race again in tomorrow's downhill.

He continued, "There are still more goals but it's a really good feeling. I had a bad feeling after second downhill training so it's good for the next races.

"I will see how it works in downhill. The rest is step by step but still to improve something."