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Is the credibility of women’s skiing at stake?


Thursday’s women’s giant slalom at the Alpine skiing world championships in Val d’Isere is more than just a race for gold, writes Francois Thomazeau.

The very credibility of women’s skiing is at stake after organisers decided to hold the race on a Bellevarde piste often described as too tough by their male counterparts.

Since the beginning of the championships, an argument has been raging backstage between team chiefs, some calling for the race to be moved to a more lenient course while others adamant that it should be kept on the steep, icy and demanding Bellevarde slope.

Austrian team boss Hans Stum said: “It’s too hard. Only 10 percent of the girls will make it to the bottom.”