Starting number one was lucky for Austrian Brunner in Borovets

Austria's Brunner won the first giant slalom today. With this victory Brunner won the EU Cup in  giant slalom ahead of the last starts of the season. In just 2 races before the end of the season she scored 338 points ahead of second in ranking- Simone Wild (Switzerland).

Brunner who ranked fifth in the giant slalom at the World Cup in Flachau proved being number one in Borovets by slashing the competition as soon as the first run. She lead as much as 1,19 sec. ahead of Simone Wild. After the final ride Brunner reduced the lead to 0,66 sec. but this was still a good enough time for a fourth consecutive victory in the EU Cup.

The third place went to another Austrian - Ricarda Haazer - who finished 1,53 sec. behind Brunner.

Maria Kirkova made the best performance among Bulgaria's lady competitors today. The experienced alpine lady skier shared the 34th place with Lisa Hornblad from Sweden.

Vera Asenova who won the record 22nd place for the EU Cup in Pamporovo finished 43th today at 8,88 sec. Mihaela Kehaiova was three positions behind her at 16,96 sec., Daniela Elinova finished 47th at 25,70 sec.

This victory placed Stephanie Brunner to second position in the general ranking list for the EU Cup at just 102 points from Norway Maren Skjold who finished 17th. There are still another 5 starts until the end of the season. Tomorrow on Popangelov ski run shall be held the second giant slalom for the EU Cup.


Reports by competitors

Stephanie Brunner (Austria), winner in the giant slalom in Borovets

The slope was very well prepared and in perfect condition. I made two very good rides and I want to say that even with a bigger starting number you can give the best of yourself. This is my fourth victory for the EU Cup for the season and I am already focused towards the first place in the final ranking in the discipline. But tomorrow there is another giant slalom and I want to be 100% sure even theoretically that no one can reach me in this discipline for the season. I expect a very tough competition tomorrow. For next season I have set my goals to compete mainly for the World Cup. This winter I ranked fifth in Flachau giant slalom now I shall test myself with the best in Yasna. My goal for next season is to be in the top 30 and ski always to my best.

Simone Wild (Switzerland),  second

I agree with what Stephanie said: The trail was perfect. I am happy for my second place today. I feel good in Borovets, it's really nice here, I think the resort is an excellent winter center. I expect it to be hard tomorrow, the slope is well prepared and this will give us a good start.

Ricarda Haaser, third

Today was a very good competition day which is not very typical for EU Cup- - with a lot of audience and good ambience. My first ride was not that good but the second was excellent and this is how I reached the podium. I am also anticipating tomorrow's race, it is rare to have so much good spirit audience and all...

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