David Chodounsky celebrates victory in the Audi New Zealand Winter Games slalom with Akira Sasaki of Japan in second and Slovakia's Adam Zampa third (Getty Images/Hannah Johnston)
CORONET PEAK, New Zealand (Aug. 21) - Slalom ace David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and rising star Paula Moltzan (Lakeville, MN) combined for a U.S. Ski Team victory sweep of the Audi New Zealand Winter Games slalom Tuesday at Coronet Peak. Each race featured a deep field of Audi FIS Alpine World Cup athletes as nations flocked to New Zealand for summer training camps. The win adds to a streak of summer success for Chodounsky, who tabbed two other wins and a pair of second place finishes the prior week at FIS races held in Australia. For Moltzan, the win marked the first major race victory of her career. The slalom concluded alpine competition at the Audi New Zealand Winter Games.
David Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) and Paula Moltzan (Lakeville MN) won a slalom to close alpine competition at the Audi New Zealand Winter Games.
It was Chodounsky's third victory and fifth podium in the last two weeks after winning a pair of FIS races and posting two other podiums in Australia.
For Moltzan, who also had an win and another podium in FIS races the week prior at Coronet Peak, the win marked the first Continental Cup victory of her career.
Japan's Akira Sasaki was second, .08 behind Chodousky with Adam Zampa of Slovakia in third. Colby Granstrom (Lake Stevens, WA) was fifth for another U.S. top 10.
Switzerland's Michelle Gisin was second in the women's race ahead of Megan McJames, who narrowly missed the podium with fourth in the Winter Games giant slalom on Monday.
The U.S. Ski Team has been training in New Zealand since early August.
The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup opens Oct. 26-27 with a pair of giant slalom races in Soelden, Austria - the U.S. Ski Team's Official European Training Base. The races mark the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games qualifying period for alpine.
QUOTES David Chodounsky It's proving to be a great summer. I am on a roll. The first run got quite rough but the second held up well and although I made a little mistake I am pleased with the result.
Paula Moltzan The second run was very bumpy but I just kept going. This is a very exciting result in my career.