Norway competed with sisters Mona and Nina Loeseth, Sebastian-Foss Solevaag and Truls Johansen.
“We’ve got a pretty good team,” Markus Larsson said. “Judged by the start list we were the favorites but you never know. It’s quite different from an ordinary slalom.”
Most of the 10 participating nations competed without their highest-ranked skiers just three days after Alpine skiing at the Sochi Olympics ended.
Pietilae-Holmner was the only top-10 ranked athlete at the event and became the only Swede to win all three heats by beating Manuela Moelgg of Italy in the quarterfinals, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland in the semis, and finally Nina Loeseth.
In the parallel slalom format, teams of two women and two men race against each other in four head-to-head runs. A team earns one point for each win. If a duel ends 2-2, the two winning times are added and victory goes to the team with the lowest time total.
Two-time defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher was suffering from ‘flu and pulled out of the event hours before the start.