Matt, Mueller win skicross World Cup events
VAL THORENS, France (AP) — Andreas Matt of Austria and Katrin Mueller of Switzerland won skicross races on the freestyle skiing World Cup tour Sunday.
Olympic runner-up Matt beat Victor Oehling Norberg of Sweden in the men’s final, with world champion Jean-Frederic Chapuis of France taking third and Franz Promok of Austria finishing last.
Chapuis got off to the better start but Oehling Norberg overtook the Frenchman in the first section. Matt was in third place for most of the race before making his move in the last curve.
Matt produced an impressive performance on Sunday, also winning his semifinal, quarterfinal and first-round races.
Chapuis still leads the skicross standings, five points clear of Matt and 10 points ahead of Frenchman Jonas Devouassoux.
Mueller earned her second career victory on the World Cup tour by holding off compatriot Sanna Luedi in the women’s final, with 2007 world champion Ophelie David of France coming in third and Marte Hoeie Gjefsen of Norway in last place.
World champion Fanny Smith of Switzerland and world runner-up Marielle Thompson of Canada were eliminated by Mueller in the second semifinal.
Thompson kept the lead in the discipline standings, 25 points clear of David and 29 points ahead of Smith.
The World Cup skicross circuit continues at San Candido, Italy, on Dec. 20-22.