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Kummer completes Swiss double in Europa Cup

Kummer has had much to celebrate this season

(Keystone Archive)

Lilian Kummer has completed a memorable week for Switzerland's skiers in the Europa Cup, securing the overall women's title just two days after Ambrosi Hoffmann clinched the men's top prize.

Kummer's triumph was confirmed on Friday when heavy fog in the Italian resort of Piancavallo prevented the last women's races of the season from taking place. The cancellations left Kummer with a 19-point lead over nearest rival, Eveline Rohregger of Austria.

The 25-year-old from canton Valais is the first Swiss woman to win the overall title since Sylviane Berthod in 1996. The Europa Cup competition involves athletes on the fringes of the international World Cup tour and has often acted as a springboard in the careers of some of the sport's top stars.

Kummer has already earned international recognition this season, narrowly missing out on a medal at the St Anton world championships, where she finished fourth in the women's giant slalom. She also managed a fifth-place finish in the World Cup giant slalom race in Cortina.

Prior to Friday's cancellations, Kummer had already made certain of victory in the Europa Cup's super-G category.

swissinfo with agencies


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