France took the honours in the first men's final of the International Ski Federation's World Games at Chamonix when Charles Bozon and Guy Perillat finished first and second in the special slalom - held in a blinding snowstorm.
France took the honours in the first men's final of the International Ski Federation's World Games at Chamonix when Charles Bozon and Guy Perillat finished first and second in the special slalom - held in a blinding snowstorm.The Austrian skier, Gerhard Nenning, finished third.
It was the most fantastic slalom raced in games of such importance.Many felt the officials should not have gone through with the second run which took place in a fierce blizzard, with visibility virtually at zero.
Snow fell almost throughout the two runs.Those down first had the advantage - the soft snow had been trampled down for them by French alpine troops, whereas their rivals had fresh soft snow to contend with.The second run was made in the reverse order to the first.
Bozon, 29 years old, and bronze medallist in the 1960 olympic games, skied brilliantly for his deserved victory.On the first course of 74 gates, with a drop of 220 metres, he was the only competitor to break 70 seconds (his time, 69.10).The second course had only 69 gates but the same drop.Conditions had worsened.Karl Schranz of Austria made the best time at 71.59 seconds - none of his rivals could beat the 72 seconds mark.His fine run won him fourth place.Boulieu fell near the finish when going at tremendous speed.
Perillat - who was lying fifth at the end of the first run - made a spectacular descent in 72.60 Seconds to gain the silver medal.
There was tremendous excitement as Bozon began his second run with his compatriot, Perillat, to beat.Bozon shot down the winding course in 72.57 seconds to gain a comfortable win with an aggregate of 141.67 seconds for the two runs.
Chamonix -- Austria completed an unprecedented medal grab in the World Alpine Ski Competition at Chamonix, France February 18th.Karl Schranz and Christine Haas won the two downhill events to spark an Austrian collection of 15 of the 24 medals at stake.
Only two Gold Medals evaded the powerhouse Austrians -- and these were gratefully accepted by France, which won five awards in all.The United States (two Bronze), Italy (one Silver) and West Germany (one Bronze) were the only other countries of the 22 that were represented that made the medal lists.
Never before had Austria been able to field such strong men's and women's teams at the same time -- and non-austrian officials said that they hoped it was the last such performance.
In the last day's races Karl Schranz, 23, from St.Anton, won the Men's downhill race in record time at an average speed of over 80 kilometres per hour, whilst in the women's event eighteen year old Christine Haas was 3.23 seconds faster than the runner up Pia Riva of Italy.