Local ski racer Piera Hudson faced -35 degree temperatures and strong winds at Wanlong Ski Resort in China, but held on to her first run lead in the giant slalom to take victory.
On the final day of the four-day Far East Cup race series, racers’ boots and helmets were cracking in the cold conditions and they had to cover their faces with protective tape to prevent frostbite.
“I’m really happy to take the win in China today and score a personal best,” said Hudson. “It was a whole new experience racing in -35 degrees so I really had to focus on staying warm and conserving my energy so I could get the job done.”
Hudson finished 0.86s ahead of Japan’s Sakurako Mukogawa, with Daria Krajewska finishing third.
It was Hudson’s second medal of the series, following her bronze medal in slalom (pictured) on December 5. She has made a strong start to her Northern Hemisphere season, after becoming the first NZ athlete in 15 years to qualify for the second run of a World Cup Slalom and gain a top 30 finish.
She’s currently competing in another FEC series in Taiwoo, China.