Fanny Smith has become a legend in her sport

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Fanny Smith has become a legend in her sport




Fanny Smith on the Idre Fjäll podium.


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Fanny Smith on the Idre Fjäll podium.


By beating Idre Fjäll (Sweden), the Vaudoise became the sole holder of the most World Cup victories: 27 in all!

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Vaudoise Fanny Smith made skicross history this Sunday. In Idre Fjäll (Sweden), she won her 27th World Cup victory, which makes her the only record holder (she had equaled the 26 successes of the French Ophélie David on Wednesday).

In the final, the Vaudoise, faithful to her habit, took the lead from the start. But, unlike Saturday when she was caught by two opponents in the jumps of the final part, she held on this time.

She crossed the finish line with a comfortable lead over the French Alizée Baron (2nd) and her great World Cup opponent, the Canadian Marielle Thompson (3rd). Another Swiss qualified for the final, the Grisonne Talina Gantenbein took fourth place. The Bernese Sanna Lüdi for her part finished in ninth place.

This historic victory allows Fanny Smith to take off in the World Cup standings: with a provisional total of 585 points, she now precedes Marielle Thompson (378) by more than 200 points.

Regez and Lenherr on the podium

This Sunday will have been a great day for Swiss skicross. A few minutes after Fanny Smith’s victory, Bernese Ryan Regez and Saint-Welshman Jonas Lenherr took 2nd and 3rd places respectively in the men’s final, won by Canada’s Howden Reece.

The other Swiss finished further. Appenzellois Marc Bischofberger finished 11th, and Graubünden Alex Fiva, Joos Berry and Armin Niederer 12th, 19th and 23rd respectively.

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