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Alpine skiing: Race director received death threats after parallel events

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Men's race director Markus Waldner received death threats following the parallel giant slaloms at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine skiing world championships, the organising committee said on Thursday.

Men's race director Markus Waldner received death threats following the parallel giant slaloms at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine skiing world championships, the organising committee said on Thursday.

"For an event like ours, based on the values of sport and fair play, it is unacceptable that an esteemed professional like Markus receives such grave messages, which go beyond normal debate and confrontation," the statement said.

The men's and women's parallel events, with pairs of skiers competing against each other side by side on parallel giant slalom pistes, were being held at world championship level for the first time on Tuesday.

Both proved controversial, particularly the rule stipulating that no skier could end the first run more than half a second behind his or her rival in order to maintain the excitement.

Critics said the very different conditions of the red and blue adjacent pistes meant those having their second runs on the less rutted red layout were favoured.

In the women's quarter-finals, all four skiers who went last on the blue run were eliminated, including Italy's Federica Brignone and Switzerland's Wendy Holdener -- both big medal hopes.

In the previous knockout heats, the quicker skier on the second run went through.

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