Chabot’s W.C. Lead Narrows


Ramón Julián of Spain edged closer to an overall World Cup upset by beating Alex Chabot of France in Kranj, Slovenia, on Saturday. The young Spaniard has won three out of the last four World Cups, moving him within 49 points of Chabot’s lead in the overall standings—the next closest competitor is 275 points down. Still, Chabot will retain the overall victory unless the Spaniard beats him decisively at both of the last two stops on the World Cup circuit, in China and Scotland. Chabot has finished first or second at every World Cup this year, except for one comp in October where he placed 15th. Cédric Lachat of France placed third in Slovenia, and American Cody Roth earned his second top-20 place this fall, finishing 18th. Roth made the final of a World Cup in the spring. Among the women, the only battle that remains in the overall standings is for second tier on the podium. With her win in Slovenia, Belgian Muriel Sarkany just padded her commanding points lead. However, upstart Austrian Angela Eiter, currently ranked third in the standings, moved closer to a second-place finish for the year by beating Sandrine Levet of France. As with the male leaders, the last two comps of the year will determine if a newcomer can unseat a veteran rival.