Taiwoo Ski Resort, China (14 December 2018) – NZ ski racer Piera Hudson will close out 2018 holding the lead in the ladies’ Giant Slalom and overall standings in the Far East Cup (FEC) series, and having made a significant jump up the world rankings.
FEC races have been held at two different venues in China this month, with Hudson winning the Giant Slalom, and placing third in Slalom at Wanlong Resort, before claiming three consecutive wins (one in Slalom, two in Giant Slalom) when racing moved to Taiwoo Resort this week.
“I’m really happy with the wins I got in China,” said Hudson. “It was tough mentally doing eight races all in one go but I’m proud of my results and the new world rankings I will have on the next FIS point list.”
The FIS (International Ski Federation) points lists are published on a fortnightly basis and the most recent, published 13 December, sees the New Zealander ranked 63rd in the world for Giant Slalom, with her wins on 12 and 13 December not yet counted. Her ranking is likely to improve when the updated list is published on 27 December. Hudson began the northern hemisphere season ranked 96th in ladies’ Giant Slalom.
Hudson will now return to New Zealand for the Christmas break before travelling to Croatia for World Cup races on 5 and 6 January, and Austria on 8 January. She had a promising start on the World Cup tour finishing 26th in Slalom at her first race in Killington, USA on 25 November.