After an even longer than usual off-season and plenty of changes to the format and the broadcasting team, we were perhaps more anxious than we've ever been to get back to racing - and back to it we are! The juniors were on the Lenzerheide hill today, battling it out for the first win of the season. The conditions looked perfect and we were stoked to be able to watch it all unfold live, as part of the expanded coverage put in place by new media partners Warner Bros Discovery. Today's junior finals were free to watch, as will be tomorrow's Elite semi-finals, whilst the big finals will be on GCN+ where a subscription is required to watch. The broadcast was generally rad, with lots of camera angles and good flow to the show. Ric and Cedric brought good energy, and it looks like they can gel as a team as the season goes on. Between the two of them there's obviously a lot of knowledge and experience available to share with the viewers, and as they hone their craft the transitions will hopefully get smoother too.
The Junior Women got us started today, with 8 racers lining up to take on the fast and loose track. Fastest qualifier Valentina Roa Sanchez lost out to Erice Van Leuven, who hails from New Zealand despite the distinctly Dutch sounding name. In the Junior Men's, Vital-supported team The Union celebrated their first win of the season thanks to a pinned and clean run by Christian Hauser. The writing was almost on the wall after he qualified 6th yesterday WITH a crash, but there are no gimmies in this sport and we were stoked to see Christian pull through. Fastest qualifier Henri Kiefer was up by half a second at the early splits but overcooked it through the woods and ended up hitting one of those new tackling pads.
2023 Lenzerheide World Cup DH Results - Junior Men
2023 Lenzerheide World Cup DH Results - Junior Women
REPLAY - 2023 Lenzerheide World Cup DH Junior Men's Finals
REPLAY - 2023 Lenzerheide World Cup DH Junior Women's Finals
Junior Winner, Chris Hauser, with a POV from Practice