On a clear day on the slopes of Parsenn, the excitement was clear when Petra Kurkova (CZE) won the Super G, blazing away at 55.11, giving her a total of two golds in two days. Seasoned veteran Sabina Hmelina, a veteran of 5 Winter World Games for the Deaf, notched second place with a time of 55.21.
Her teammate, Lojzka Meglic turned in a strong 56.78 to garner the bronze medal.
Hmelina was enthusiastic about her silver, which adds to her collection. In Finland at the last games in 1995, she nabbed three gold medals. She dedicates her performance to her 5-year-old son.
The men's competition was extremely heated. Newcome Aaron Nider (ITA) came out of nowhere to ski a time of 52.30. Nider recently made his introduction into deaf culture and wishes to continue his involvement in the deaf sports community. His teammate Martin Larch nabbed secon place with a time of 52.60—at least a full second ahead of the bronze medal finisher, Josef Schaupper (AUT). Old favorite Matthias Becherer (GER) finished 14th with a time of 55.13. Yesterday's gold-medal winner, Samo Petrac, fumbled at the start of the run and did not finish the race.
This sets the stage for the thrilling runs of the Grand Slalom—will it be Nider, Petrac, or an upstart skiier?