Espot Esquí hosts the 2023 FIS Para Alpine Ski world championships from January 20 to 29, a competition in which 87 athletes from 26 countries participate
The Italian Chiara Mazzel (Vision Impaired), the Englishman Neil Simpson (Vision Impaired), the Swedish Ebba Aarsjoe (Women Standing), the Australian Markus Salcher (Men Standing), the German Anna -Lena Forster (Women Sitting) and the Japanese Taiki Morii (Men Sitting)
The weather conditions have improved significantly and the wind has calmed down at the Espot station, which with a radiant sun hosted the first test of the championship three days later than planned
SPOT, January 23, 2023
Today, January 23, the first competition of the FIS Para Alpine Ski World Championships 2023 took place, the Supergiant test in the male and female categories on Pista Bosc 2 of the Espot Ski resort, after the conditions weather conditions would improve significantly compared to the last few days and the strong gusts of wind would give a break to the world championships.
The women's category has been in charge of kicking off the Supergiant and has done so with the blind athletes accompanied by their guides. Thus, in the Vision Impaired segment, Italian skier Chiara Mazzel was declared the winner, accompanied by guide Fabrizio Casal with a time of 1:00.40. As for the winner of the Women Standing category, the skier who reached the podium was Sweden's Ebba Aarsjoe (1:00:91), while the winner of the Women Sitting category was Germany's Anna-Lena Forster (1:07:57).
In the men's category, the podium in the Vision Impaired segment was topped by English skier Neil Simpson (56:66) accompanied by his guide Rob Poth. In Men Standing, the winning skier was Australian Markus Salcher (56:95), and in Men Sitting, the podium was topped by Japanese Taiki Morii (56:98). Full results can be found at this link.
Today at 5:00 p.m., as every day during the 9 days of competition, Espot City Council will host the Captains Meeting, the daily meeting in which FIS members announce the next day's Start List. The test that will be held tomorrow, January 24, is the Alpine Combined.