• Short Summary

    At the skiing resort of Val d'Isers in the French Alps yesterday (Sunday), the finals of the world ski championships known as "Criterium of the First Snow."
    Austrian skiers dominated the men's downhill events -- Reinhart Trischer was first in 2 minutes 11.89 seconds: David Zwilling was second in 2 minutes 12.03 seconds, just 14 hundredths of a second behind.

  • Description

    At the skiing resort of Val d'Isers in the French Alps yesterday (Sunday), the finals of the world ski championships known as "Criterium of the First Snow."
    Austrian skiers dominated the men's downhill events -- Reinhart Trischer was first in 2 minutes 11.89 seconds: David Zwilling was second in 2 minutes 12.03 seconds, just 14 hundredths of a second behind. Italy's Marcello Varallo (who had looked the certain winner for most of the morning) placed third ??? in 2 minutes 12.66 seconds. The Swiss -- the dominant nationally in past downhill racing -- took disappointing fourth and sixth places... while France crashed to its worst defeat in years, with their two best placing at 25th and 33rd.

    In the women's elalom, a 16-year-old West German skier, Pamela Behr, took first place with a total of 1 minute 24.35 seconds -- but France was able to gain some satisfaction from seconds, third and fourth places.

    Reporter indicate that the major overall team surprise came for Italy, emerging as a major force in the men's categories -- with five men in the first 12 of the giant slalom.

    SYNOPSIS: At Val d'Isers in the French Alps on Sunday... the finals of the "First Snow" world ski cup championships. In the men's downhill - the man who, during most of the day, was tipped as the winner: Marcello Varallo of Italy.

    Varallo eventually placed only third - but he and his team-mates emerged as the surprise now force in the major men's events.

    Bob Cochran of the United States starting his downhill run. It was a disappointing day for his and his American team-mates... not taking any major places. But not as disastrous as for the French, who went down to their worst defeat in years... unable to place no better than twenty-fifth and thirty-third in this important category.

    Roland Collombin of Switzerland ... he cane in fourth - slightly salvaging Swiss honour. But it was a bad day for the team - long the dominant skiers in the downhill.

    It was the Austrians who dominated all the way here. This is Karl Cordin - who placed fifth. The overall Austrian team skiing was of superlative quality - and credit is given to the recent advent of Toni Sailer as their coach... Sailer is considered the greatest Austrian skier since World War Two. He saw his men take first and second places.

    The winner: Reinhart Tritscher, in two minutes eleven-point-nine-eight seconds.

    France's downfall in the men's categories was somewhat assuaged by the women... this is Danielle Debernard who placed fourth in the slalom.

    But first place still eluded them - it went to sixteen-year-old Pamela Behr of West Germany... here showing how. She clocked one minute twenty-four-point-three-five seconds.

    Second place was gained by France's Odile Chalvin - in one minute twenty-five-point-seven-one seconds.

    While team-mate Patricia Emonet gained third, in one minute twenty-six-point-one-five seconds.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAKK4V0ET4I20X051W1NZWWYO2
    Media URN:
    VLVAAKK4V0ET4I20X051W1NZWWYO2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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