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Event Preview: Israel Looking For First Gold Medal

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Noa Szollos ISR in action during the Alpine Skiing Women’s Combined Slalom at Les Diablerets Alpine Centre. The Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lausanne, Switzerland, Saturday 11 January 2020. Photo: OIS/Ben Queenborough. Handout image supplied by OIS/IOC.

Thanks to efforts of Noa Szollos, Israel has received it’s first two Winter Youth Olympic medals. However, the Hungarian turned Israeli has yet to win gold.

The women will once again take to the slopes of the Les Diableretes Alpine Centre for the Giant Slalom. It will be the first time that they will not have to share the hill with the men. The sole focus of day 3 of Alpine Skiing at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympics will be the women’s Giant Slalom.

Unlike the the Super G, skiers will have to do well over two runs to win gold at Lausanne 2020. Giant Slalom also requires a greater technical ability than the Super G, so expect some new faces on the podium.

Switzerland’s Amelie Klopfenstein will be looking to continue her medal success in front of home fans. She took the gold medal in the Super G, but fell to third in the the Alpine Combined due to a poor Slalom performance. Giant Slalom may be her last chance at another medal.

As mentioned earlier, Noa Szollos of Israel will be chasing gold as well. So far, she has won a bronze medal in the Super G, and a silver medal in the Alpine Combined. Given that Giant Slalom is somewhat of a combination of the Super G and the Slalom, it may just be her time to win gold.

Amanda Salzgeber of Austria won the Alpine Combined event after a brilliant Slalom performance. She will be looking to build on that success with gold in the Giant Slalom. She will have to wait two more days for her favored event, the Slalom.

Rosa Pohjolainen (Finland), Katharina Haas (Germany), Wilma Marklund (Sweden), and Sophie Mathiou (Italy) could also feature at the top of the Giant Slalom standings after good performances in the Alpine Combined Slalom.

The Giant Slalom will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel, so make sure to tune in for the first run at 10:00 local time. The second run will go off at 12:45 local time, and will also be broadcast on the Olympic Channel.

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