CORTINA D’AMPEZZO, Italy—Men’s race director Markus Waldner obtained dying threats following the parallel large slaloms on the Cortina d’Ampezzo Alpine snowboarding world championships, the organizing committee mentioned on Thursday.
Fondazione Cortina 2021 issued a press release expressing their assist and solidarity after the Italian was despatched the threats by way of e mail.
“For an event like ours, based on the values of sport and fair play, it is unacceptable that an esteemed professional like Markus receives such grave messages, which go beyond normal debate and confrontation,” the assertion mentioned.
The males’s and ladies’s parallel occasions, with pairs of skiers competing in opposition to one another facet by facet on parallel large slalom pistes, had been being held at world championship degree for the primary time on Tuesday.
Both proved controversial, significantly the rule stipulating that no skier may finish the primary run greater than half a second behind his or her rival to be able to preserve the joy.
Critics mentioned the very completely different situations of the pink and blue adjoining pistes meant these having their second runs on the much less rutted pink format had been favored.
In the ladies’s quarter-finals, all 4 skiers who went final on the blue run had been eradicated, together with Italy’s Federica Brignone and Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener—each massive medal hopes.
“I have never seen such an unfair race,” Brignone instructed reporters. “Whoever started on blue first had practically already won.”
The ladies’s remaining noticed Italy’s Marta Bassino and Austrian Katharina Liensberger share gold after preliminary confusion when their occasions had been degree however the tie was not instantly declared.
In the earlier knockout heats, the faster skier on the second run went by way of.
“I am really happy to win my first individual medal, but there is much that needs to be discussed after today,” mentioned males’s winner Mathieu Faivre of France.
By Alan Baldwin