Fanny Smith takes the Ski Cross World Cup title
For the second time since 2013, Fanny Smith has won the overall Ski Cross World Title. Mariella Thomson (CAN) and Alex Fiva (SUI) shared third place in the final rankings.
Even though the home race at Veysonnaz failed to provide the hoped for grand finale to an incredible season, the Stöckli athletes - and above all Fanny Smith - still had plenty to celebrate in Wallis. The 26 year old from the Vaud Canton failed to progress in the semi finals of the last World Cup race of the year, finishing one place above Sanna Lüdi (7). At the end of the day, that was still enough to secure the crystal globe as World Champion for the second time since 2013. “This win means even more to me than the one in 2013”, said Smith, “Because I was able to share my victory with my family and my friends here at the event. That’s really special to me”.
With the exception of the winter of 2015-16, when injury kept her from competing, Fanny Smith more or less became a permanent fixture in the second or third-place overall rankings for the World Cup between 2014 and 2018. Now in 2019, she’s back on the very top - a place she absolutely earned. The results tell a clear story: Smith won six races and added an additional podium finish in 2018-19. Closest to her in the final standings was the Swede Sandra Näslund, who was able to take second place in front of Stöckli athlete and three-time World Cup title winner (2012, 2014 and 2017), Marielle Thompson (CAN). After 92 World Cup races, Smith now has 19 wins and 39 podium finishes to her name. Despite this, the prodigy from the town of Aigle feels that she has not yet fulfilled her potential. Particularly on the type of snow conditions she faced in Veysonnaz, she feels there is room for improvement. “I still have problems in these conditions. We have to get that under control” she said on Swiss television, without going into further detail.
A third place in the World Cup title rankings also went to Alex Fiva, who won the World Cup in 2013. The 33 year old, who was born in the USA but who now lives in the Canton of Grisons, scored a World Cup victory in Idre Fjall (SWE) and added two podium finishes in the 2018 - 19 season.
Stöckli’s racing director, Beni Matti, is also very satisfied with the Ski Cross season. “Our racers have performed at the highest level in the World Cup and during the World Championships. We tried to give them the best possible support, and I have to say that we succeeded in this respect”. The sport of Ski Cross is an attractive, exciting and easy to comprehend sport, and one which is gaining worldwide acceptance and media attention, added Matti.