Piera Hudson claims NZ Slalom National Championship Title
Coronet Peak, Queenstown (4 September 2022) – The New Zealand Slalom Alpine National Championship titles were awarded at Coronet Peak today. Piera Hudson (Hawkes Bay) claimed the women’s title and topped the overall race podium today in a stacked field. Jack Adams (Queenstown based) claimed the Men’s New Zealand Slalom title.
Hudson explained “I am just happy that I was able to charge today and not let the pressure of the National Title get to me, I just wanted to ski well and go for the win, so I am glad that is how the race turned out!”
Slalom requires aggressiveness, agility, quickness and combines relatively high speed and technical difficulty. Slalom events are held over two runs on separate courses and the skier with the best combined time from the two runs is declared the winner.
The race today included athletes from over 10 nations and overall race podiums, as well as National Championship podiums, were awarded.
Hudson, a slalom specialist, put down a solid first run to take the lead by over half a second. Although her nearest competition had a slightly faster run two time, Hudson’s lead from run one was enough to secure the New Zealand Slalom National Championship title for the sixth time in her career.
Hudson said “It’s always nice to get the cup back, I am just glad to get the cup and the win on home soil. My first run was really good, second run I was charging and made a mistake but I had done enough in the first run to hold on, so I am happy.”
Mikayla Smyth and Katie Crawford rounded out the women’s NZ Slalom National Championship podium in second and third, respectively.
In the men’s race Jack Adams clinched the men’s New Zealand Slalom National Championship title. The podium was rounded out with 2022 Giant Slalom national title holder Willis Feasey in second place and Calder Bain in third.
The race podiums were also awarded today. NZ National Giant Slalom Champion Piera Hudson topped the women’s podium with Elena Stoffel and Lara Baumann (both of Switzerland) in second and third. Jedrzej Jasiczek (POL) was the men’s overall winner with Dionys Kippel (SUI) in second and Minsik Jung (KOR) in third.
Today’s event wraps up the New Zealand Alpine National Championships for 2022.
Main Image: The NZ Slalom Alpine National Championships Podium. [L-R] Mikayla Smyth (2nd), Piera Hudson (1st), Katie Crawford (3rd). Credit: Samantha Corne