Egon Zimmermann, twenty three years of age, won the Giant Slalom in the International Ski Federation's World Games at Chamonix to give Austria her first win in the men's events.
Egon Zimmermann, twenty three years of age, won the Giant Slalom in the International Ski Federation's World Games at Chamonix to give Austria her first win in the men's events.His two compatriots, Karl Schranz and Martin Burger took second and third places to make a complete medal sweep for the Austrians.
France paid dearly for leaving out of their team Charles Bozon, winner of last Tuesday's Special Slalom for their number one, Guy Perillat, fell, missed a gate and was disqualified.Adrian Duvillard of France took fourth place followed by Bud Werner of the United States and Carlo Sennoner of Italy.
This event, the Men's Giant Slalom, drew the biggest crowd of the week so far.After two day's of racing in blizzards, this slalom was staged under perfect conditions, the slopes of Mont Blanc being bathed in bright sunshine.The course was a severe one with a particularly difficult start and a vertical drop half way down.It had 49 gates and was 2,200 metres in length.The drop was of 470 metres, representing a hill of one-in-five.
Fiftyfive of the sixtyfive starters completed the course without giving up or being disqualified.Zimmerman, whose time to the twentyfourth gate was the fast one of 39.30 seconds, completed the course in 1 minute 38.97 seconds.Though Schranz did not win the gold medal he is now leading in the combined event from team-mate Nenning and the Italian Sennoner.He should get the gold after Sunday's downhill, the third and last race.In today's Giant Slalom his time was 1 minute 39.12 secs: Burger's time was 1 minute 39.42 secs.