Norway's Rasmus Windingstad claimed his first-ever International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine Skiing World Cup win after coming out on top in the parallel giant slalom event in Alta Badia in Italy today.
Windingstad clocked a time of 20.57sec to beat Germany’s Stefan Luitz by 0.41 seconds in the big final under the floodlights.
His only previous FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup podium finish was second place in the giant slalom in Slovenian town Kranjska Gora in March.
Austria's Roland Leitinger defeated Norway's Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen in the small final, securing his first podium finish at a World Cup.
A time of 20.79 saw him triumph by a margin of 1.15 seconds.
Reigning world champion Henrik Kristoffersen, the winner of yesterday’s giant slalom, finished seventh.
#RasmusWindingstad entertains the crowd and seals his first World Cup victory in @SWCAltaBadia! #StefanLuitz is back on the podium in second and #RolandLeitinger in third with his first World Cup podium.Thank you all for the great show!! #fisalpine pic.twitter.com/AzibaPO1RC— FIS Alpine (@fisalpine) December 23, 2019
The 25-year-old Norwegian leads the overall World Cup standings with 379 points.
He has an advantage of 67 points over nearest challenger Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria.
France’s Alexis Pinturault, ranked 26th today, is a further 11 points back in third.
The FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup is due to continue in Bormio in Italy from Friday to Sunday (December 27 to 29).
Downhill events, including the cancelled race from Val Gardena at the weekend, are scheduled to take place on Friday and Saturday (December 28).
An Alpine combined competition is set for Sunday.