Seven nations took part in the men's slalom event this week at Bariloche, the southern Argentine resort in the foothills of the Andes.
Seven nations took part in the men's slalom event this week at Bariloche, the southern Argentine resort in the foothills of the Andes. Yugoslavia's Bojan Krizaj taking first place. Italy came second and Bulgaria third.
SYNOPSIS: The beautiful Bariloche course must have reminded Krizaj and other competitors from Europe of their own picturesque ski resorts back home.
Here, number eight, Salvadores from Spain, sets off on the 1,480-metre long slope of the Cerro Cathedral peak. He was one of 76 skiers who took part in the Argentine skiing championships.
A large crowd turned out for the event. The competitors found conditions to be ideal. On most days, there were low temperature, a gentle sun and soft winds.
Bulgaria's Peter Popangelov-number 11 began his run promisingly.
Despite a brilliant run, he could only finish third. It was a close fight with Italy's Herbert Plank, who claimed second place.
Here's Plank at the start of his run.
He finished the course in 2 min 46 sec - only 22 hundredths of a second separating him from ??? Popangelov.
But the day belonged to Yugoslavia's Bojan Krizaj, who easily coasted home to win the title.
He came swooping down the glistening hard-packed piste and reached the finishing line in a little over 2 min 43 secs.
The men's giant slalom was part of an international skiing championship - the first top-ranking competition of its kind to be held in Bariloche.