The event was also the final FIS ski or snowboard competition of the 2019-2020 season, with all other events planned now cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus and the imminent closure of nearly all ski resorts in central Europe.
Brockhoff claimed bronze in the women’s event and NSWIS teammate, Adam Dickson, also took the bronze podium in the men’s event, the first World Cup medal of his career.
The women’s big final competitors all had impressive credentials featuring PyeongChang gold medalist Michela Moioli (ITA), Sochi Olympic Champion and last year’s Crystal Globe winner Eva Samkova (CZE), Australia’s Belle Brockhoff (AUS) and winner of the previous World Cup in Sierra Nevada Chloe Trespeuch (FRA).
Brockhoff led a third of the way in and held the lead for most of the run until Moioli went past on the last banked corner as both the Italian and France’s Trespeuch overtook on the line.
The NSWIS rider has had a phenomenal season in her return from missing the previous two years due to injury, advancing through to the big final in every competition.
Her bronze in Veysonnaz took her season medal tally to five (one gold, one silver, three bronze) and she finished second overall on the World Cup standings, her best ever end of season ranking.
“I am really happy with my season, I have put in a lot of hard work over the past two years and wanted to make a strong comeback” said Brockhoff.
“With the season now finished my focus is to train hard and get really strong, I have got a lot of notes written down that I need to work on physically.”
Australia’s Adam Dickson took his first FIS World Cup podium of his career with bronze at the Veysonnaz event.
The 24 year old from Jindabyne took third place behind Omar Visintin from Italy (silver) and Alessandro Haemmerle from Austria (gold). Haemmerle claimed the Crystal Globe for the season.
“it’s my first top ten performance so to have a podium is unreal” an excited Dickson commented after the race.
“it’s a great event here, the speed was up and there was plenty of airtime. My strategy was to keep my speed and holding a high line into the final turn and it worked well for me.”
Also competing in Switzerland was two time Australian Olympian Cameron Bolton,who was extremely unlucky to be unexpectedly and controversially disqualified in the quarter final round, putting him in 26th place.
IMAGE: Adam Dickson and Belle Brockhoff celebrate their bronze medals at the final world cup of the season in Switzerland © OWIA/Chris Hocking