Swedish skier, Víctor Oehling, has suffered a terrible year plagued by injuries and personal probles. A bronze medal winner in the Kreischberg World Championships in 2015, he arrived in Sierra Nevada ranking 17th in the World Cup and way below his capabilities.
Filip Flisar of Slovenia was considered a clear favourite, after another highly impressive season, but what makes Ski Cross such an exciting sport is its unpredictability.
Oehling first across the line in the final and the joy of gold after such a tough season. Prebble of New Zealand with the silver, then initial uncertainty for the bronze. Flisar had crossed the line in third, but was relegated to fourth in favour of Frenchman, Place, after clipping a flag.
«I knew what I needed to do at the first curve and I did it, getting myself in the lead. After that I had no idea what was going on behind me», explained Oehling after collecting his medal. For his part, Flisar might have been disappointed by sportingly noted, «Victor needed this win today. He’s had the worst year possible with various injuries and personal issues, so I think it’s the best way to finish the season».
In the ladies event and making it a Swedish double after a very tight race to the finishing line, Sandra Naeslund won gold, with Fanny Smith of Switzerland taking silver, and Ophelie David of France claiming the bronze.