Category Archives: Alpine Skiing

Carolina Ruiz and Alex Puente, Spanish Champions of Giant Slalom at Baqueira Beret

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The third and last test of the Spanish Alpine Ski Championship – organised by the Spanish and Catalan Federations together with other institutions – was held on Tuesday 30th of March.

The trial took place at the Beret Stadium with splendid weather which lasted throughout the event.
The GS start at 2.211m and finish at 1.860 m, with 48 gates for men aand 47 for women.

Carolina Ruiz, one of the best skiers of Spain retires

The skier from Sierra Nevada, was the Spanish GS winner with a clock of 2: 25.73.

Another memeber of the RFEDI, Núria Pau, has returned to the podium. She did the second best time in the GS at only +0.46 of the winner clocking 2:26:19. Third place went to Júlia Bargalló, with a time of 2:27:19. .

Alex Puente: “today I had an extra motivation and all went well

The Aran skier finished first with a difference of -1.27 hundredths of a second. Second place went to Pol Carreras, with a clock of 2: 20.47. Bronze went to Pol Rocamora, with a total time of 2:21:80

Last descend of Carolina Ruiz in a World Cup

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Carolina Ruiz, 33 years old, has shown what a great skier she is by making a superb descend (DH) in the difficult French circuit of Roc de Fer. In fact, she leaded the competition for a while although other competitor’s best times made her finish on a 6th place.

Carolina’s time of her last DH was 1:30:60 while the winner’s, USA Lindsey Vonn, was 1:29:87, and 2nd and 3rd place were for the Austrian’s Elisabeth Goergl with 01:30:11 and Nicole Hosp with 1:30:17.

Carolina Ruiz will stop competing after taking part on the Spanish Championship at Baqueira Beret from the 29th till the 31st of March (Super giant, giant and slalom).

The skier competed at Salt Lake City’ 02, Torino’06, Vancouver’10 and Sochi’14 with 12 interventions in the Slalom trials (SL), Giant (GS), Super giant (SG) and Descend (DH). Her best Olympic results were a 15th place in Salt Lake City’s SG and Vancouver’s descend.

Jon Santacana and Miguel Galindo come back with three medals from the Alpine Skiing World Championship in Panorama

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Santacana and Galindo from the Slalom Paralympic Spanish Team, took part in World Championship of Alpine Skiing at Panorama (Canada) between the 4th and the 10th of March, and came back with three medals: a silver and two bronze ones.

Gabriel Gorce, the other Spanish ski athlete with a visual impairment and his guide, Arnau Ferrer, were close to the podium but not enough to win a medal

The first medal by Santacana was in the super combined, obtaining a bronze with a total time of 2’03 “32. Gold went to the Slovak Miroslav Haraus (1’59 “81) and silver to the Russian Ivan Frantsev (2’01″ 35).

The following day, Galindo and his female guide obtained silver with a time 2’09 “88. Gold went to Russian Valery Redkozubov with a time of de 2’09″ 28. Bronze was for the Czech Patrik Hetmer (2’11 “71).

At the special slalom, Santacana and Galindo reached bronze (1’53 “05). Gold went to the Russian Redkozubov (1’47 “71) and silver for the Slovak Haraus ( 1’48 “90).

Not so lucky, the Catalans Gabriel Gorce i Arnau Ferrer, managed to reach the 5th place in descend (1’35 “73), super giant (1’26″ 50) and giant (2’13 “84).

Quim Salarich, Top 30 in the World Championship of Slalom at Vail-Beaver Creek 2015

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Quim Salarich took part for the first time on a World Championship last 15th of February at Vail-Beaver Creek obtaining the 30th place. The Catalan skier clocked a total time of 2:05.64 and in his second and best round finished at +3.29 of the winner, Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Grange with a time of 1:57.47. Silver and bronze went to the Germans Fritz Dopfer and Felix Neureuther, with times of 1:57.82 y 1:58.02, respectively.

After the competition, the skier explained that “the race was hard, the path was very frozen and narrow and I felt a bit tired” although he was happy with the experience and said it was fun.

Quim, who is only 21 years old is part of the RFEDI and trains in Switzerland with the private team Steffen S1 together with the Olympians Alex Puente and Luca John.

Salarich has reached this season’s criteria set by the federation to take part in the world SL after lowering 20 points in an international test.

Carolina Ruiz and Joaquim Salarich at the World Championship of Alpine-Skiing in Vail_Beaver Creek

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One of the most keenly anticipated events of the season will be held at the USA during the first fortnight of February. During the World Championship at Vail_Beaver Creek, the Slalom , Gigant, SuperGiant, Downhill and Super combined events will be held.

The RFEDI Alpine team, Carolina Ruiz (Stöckli) (8 World Championships: Vail-Beaver Creek’99, St. Anton’01, St. Moritz’03, Santa Caterina’05, Are’07, Val d’Isère’09, Garmisch-Partenkirchen’11, Schladming’13) and Joaquim Salarich (Rossignol) for whom it will be his first experienceat a World Championship will compete in speed and technical vents respectively.

The Sierra Nevada’s female skier goal for this competition is to make the podium in Down-Hill or in the Supergiant.

It’s of interest to notice that Ruiz won the DH World cup in Meribel in 2013 and a second place in in the GS World cup in Sestriere in 2000.

Salarich has taken part in the European Cup. The Catalan skier, just 21 years old and who is part of the RFEDI sport structure, specialises in technical trials and meets all the federation requirements to take part in the Wordl SL.

World Championship program (WSC)

2 February          DH training WSC         (C. Ruiz)

3 February          SG race WSC             (C. Ruiz)

4 February          DH training WSC         (C. Ruiz)

5 February          DH training WSC         (C. Ruiz)

6 February          DH race WSC             (C. Ruiz)

15 February          SL race WSC            (J. Salarich)

Video Interviews

Carolina Ruiz http://bit.ly/1x0kgCJ

Quim Salarich http://bit.ly/1vJYzH2

Carolina Ruiz achieves her best classification of the season with a 7th place in the Downhill Skiing World Cup

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Carolina Ruiz (Stöckli) is in Saint Moritz taking part on the speed trials of the World Cup. On Saturday’s 24th descend, the Granada’s skier finished on 7th place, at +1.14” from Switzerland’s Lara Gut who was first with a time of 1:43:82.

Ruiz’s coach, Mark Tilston, stated that “is a type of slope that suits Carolina and, besides a small mistake that costed her precious time, she’s skied at a good level”.

It has been in fact her best time of the season at only 0.54” of Hungarian’s Edit Miklos 1:44:40 third place.

Laura Orgué. 8th place in the last stage of the Ski Tour World Cup

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Laura Orgué finished 28th of the general classification. Orgué has shown her evolution, along the competition’s trials, and in the last stage of 9 Km. Pursuit she obtained her best score of Ski Tour, an 8th place that gives her a good aftertaste of the competition.

The Tour took place and the German station of Oberstdorf, the Swiss station of Val Mustair and also at the Italians’ Toblach and Val di Fiemme.

The Norwegians Marit Bjoergen, Therese Johaug and Heidi Weng were the winners of this edition of the Ski Tour World Cup.