THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN
16 January 2006 | News
There are simply no more adjectives left to describe the exploits of Giorgio Rocca, who scored his 5th consecutive victory in 5 Special Slalom races run on Sunday, December 15, in Wengen, Switzerland, reaching Ingemar Stenmark and Mark Girardelli in the ranking of the world's greatest athletes in the category.
Spectacular in terms of class, savvy race management and composure on his skies, the Dainese athlete dominated the difficult Swiss slope with a calculated first heat and an absolutely perfect second run.
This victory by Rocca was the 67th win by an Italian skier in World Ski Cup competition and places the nation above all others ahead of Austria, tied for the leadership with Italy until just yesterday. This was Giorgio Rocca's 11th World Cup career triumph: the athlete from Livigno has now passed Thomas Stangassinger at 5th place in the all-time slalom winner standings and is now aiming his sights at surpassing Police Officer Jean Noel Augert's record of 13 wins.