Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Salomon TV: The Art Of The Turn



Salomon brings 3 generations of ski racers together - a legend (Gunther Mader), a champion (Luca Aerni), and a rising star (Paco Rassat) - to reveal the sensation of the perfect turn.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Salomon TV: Bearings [North]



The Blank Collective spent the winter exploring each coordinate directions of British Columbia.
If pointed in the right direction, all compass’s end up setting the same bearing. The great north may seem daunting at first sight, but if enough time is spent in its company, the vastness and magnitude sets in and it gives to those who dare it a half sens of comfort. This is Bearings [North].

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Marcel Hirscher Wins Second Slalom of the Season in Val d'Isère

Persistent and heavy snowfall started early this morning and went on through the day. The “Criterium de la Première Neige” in Val d’Isère is aptly named indeed. However, this didn’t prevent the best slalom skiers to tackle the famous “Face de Bellevarde” and showcase their talent.
In the first run, Italy’s Stefano Gross clocked the fastest time. The Adelboden winner of 2015 claimed two podiums last season, bringing his career record to 11 podiums. But as in Kranjska Gora, he wasn’t able to use this important advantage to claim his second World Cup victory.
Today’s World Cup win came from the athlete ranked 8th after the first leg, the impressive Marcel Hirscher. The Austrian superstar, who already finished 3rd in the Giant Slalom yesterday, pushed hard in the second run and none of the eight contenders coming after him were able to beat him.
Norway's’ Henrik Kirstoffersen, who won the two previous editions in the slalom of Val d’Isère, also moved up from his first run performance (5th place) to earn the 24th podium in slalom.
In third place, André Myhrer was able to take the 20th slalom podium in his career. The Swede has won the slalom of the World Cup finals in the two previous years but somehow struggled to find his rhythm between those events.This slalom concluded the men’s races in Val d’Isère.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Alexis Pinturault Wins World Cup GS in Val d'Isère

Just like last season, the suspense around the second run of the Giant Slalom at Val d’Isère was big.
Alexis Pinturault wins the Giant slalom in Val d'Isere for his 10th career victory in the discipline and 20th overall. Ranked third after the opening run, the Frenchman posted the fastest time in a flawless second leg to beat Stefan Luitz of Germany by 0.28. 3rd place for Marcel Hirscher of Austria.
This World Cup victory was not only a big step in Pinturault’s career, but it was also an emotional win for the whole French team, as Pinturault dedicated his win to his teammate David Poisson, who passed away less than a month ago.
Marcel Hirscher was the fastest in the first run, but he knew he had to push hard to surpass Pinturault’s strong second run. He risked it all and hit a blue gate in the middle part of the course, that was stuck to his right hand for a few gates. This mistake slowed him down a little, but he was still able to earn the second spot of the podium, the 109th podium placement of his career.
Between the two giant slalom giants, Germany’s Stefan Luitz proves that he is in the shape of his life this season, by recording the second podium in as many races. With this 2nd place, Luitz now has six World Cup podiums under his belt, but he still lacks a win. Not doubt that he should be able to score this rather sooner than later.

Jasmine Flury Wins St. Moritz Super-G


Swiss teammates Jasmine Flury and Michelle Gisin took advantage of unpredictable conditions during Saturday's super-G at St. Moritz to give the Swiss crowd a home victory and second-place finish, respectively. Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein, who trains with the Swiss team, skied into third place, effectively producing a Swiss team sweep of the podium.
Wind gusts on the hill created natural challenges for racers without compromising the safety of the event. Several course holds ensued during times of stronger gusts, but ultimately the race was run to completion. Although fifth last weekend in the Lake Louise super-G, Flury had yet to stand on a World Cup podium before her victory on the day. Gisin also secured her first super-G podium finish despite skiing to a third-place finish in the Lake Louise downhill exactly one week earlier. The discipline standings leader, Weirather, maintained her position over the rest of the field with another consistent podium finish.
A Swiss pre-race favorite, Lara Gut crashed into the safety netting on the slope but was able to ski down on her own and hopes to race again on Sunday. Lindsey Vonn reportedly suffered a back injury mid-run but finished the race before collapsing in the finish area. She left the venue walking very cautiously and is currently on the start list for Sunday's super-G.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Marcel Hirscher Wins Giant Slalom in Beaver Creek

An outstanding racing weekend took an end today at Beaver Creek with the Birds of Prey giant slalom, the first race of the season in this discipline, as the opening in Sölden had to be cancelled due to a storm.
Marcel Hirscher clocked the fastest time in today's Giant Slalom and earned his 46th World Cup victory.
In the second place, Henrik Kristoffersen claims his 32nd World Cup Podium, +0.88 off the leader’s time.
Stefan Luitz rounded up the podium +1.03 behind Hirscher.
The leading trio after the first run had some big names with Germany’s Stefan Luitz clocking the fastest time ahead of Ted Ligety (+0.29) and Marcel Hirscher (+0.39). Not far behind, World Championships medalist Manuel Feller and Swiss GS specialist Justin Murisier were tied in fourth place with +0.64.
In the second run, Marcel Hirscher was able to upgrade his skiing even more and skied to the first step of the podium, only three and a half months after his ankle fracture.

Tina Weirather Wins World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise

Tina Weirather won the first Super-G race of the season in Lake Louise. Lara Gut came in second +0.11 behind and Nicole Schmidhofer took third +0.27 seconds out.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Second Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise

The second of two downhill races at Lake Louise for the ladies produced a unique challenge for athletes and race organizers as a substation fire led to a power outage at the resort. With no ability to run the lifts, all racers and personnel were transported to a lowered race start at men's super-G start using piste machines and tow ropes. Despite the unconventional method of uphill transportation, racers and fans alike were thrilled to hold the race under mostly clear conditions when it could have easily been lost to the misfortune of the day.
Technical phenom Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. showed that her downhill podium finish on Friday was no fluke, and she claimed the first speed victory of her career after narrowly avoiding the fence through Fish Net. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who won the first two GS races of the season, finished solidly in second place at just 0.13 seconds from the lead. Michelle Gisin of Switzerland claimed only the second podium of her career (and first ever in downhill) by finishing third at 0.17 seconds from the win from bib 27.
Late-runner Kira Weidle of Germany also wowed the crowd by cruising into eighth place from bib 43. In all, seven athletes in the top 12 started from the 20th position or later.

Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Beaver Creek Downhill

Birds of Prey downhill 2017 is in the books and Aksel Lund Svindal from Norway won it for the 4th time. In the second place, Switzerland’s Kugelblitz Beat Feuz, who won the downhill opener in Lake Louise last week, takes second place. The impressive young German Thomas Dressen claims his maiden World Cup podium at Beaver Creek.
Charging the course from bib n°1, Aksel Lund Svindal found the best line right away and set a time of 1:40:46. It turned out that no one after him was able to undermatch that time and Svindal could stay on the Audi leader chair all the way to the end of the race, claiming his fourth downhill victory in Beaver Creek and his 33rd World Cup win through all disciplines.
Shortly after him, with start number 3, the Lake Louise downhill winner Beat Feuz came close, finishing only +0.15 off Svindal’s pace. The downhill World Champion from Switzerland finishes second for the third time in the Birds Of Prey downhill, always defeated by a quite small margin.
In third place, Germany’s Thomas Dressen created the surprise of the day, by earning his first career World Cup podium. The last German downhill podium goes back to 2004 with a win in Val Gardena. The 23 years young athlete from Mittenwald made a big step in the speed disciplines coming into that season.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Cornelia Huetter Wins First Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise

Cornelia Huetter wasted no time on her comeback following nearly a year away from the World Cup circuit due to a knee injury sustained last December. In the Austrian's first race back since the training crash last winter, she claimed a tight victory in the opening Downhill of the season at Lake Louise. Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather, who posted solid training times all week, was just 0.09 seconds shy of the win in second place. Technical phenom turned downhill threat Mikaela Shiffrin secured the first speed podium finish of her career in third.
Huetter was emotional after the race and could barely believe that she had won the first downhill race of her career in her very first race back on the tour. Although she was overjoyed to see the green light in the finish, she wasn't sure if it would hold up against the rest of the field after she started with bib 15.
Snowfall intensified over the race as more challengers tried to shake the podium, but the top three were ultimately decided with Huetter's run. Lindsey Vonn appeared on track to at least hit the podium when she caught an edge in Claire's Corner and careened into the safety fences. She was able to ski down to the finish area and reportedly suffered no serious injuries.
For Tina Weirather, the day marked the fifth time out of her last seven podium finishes that she wound up in second place. After a small mistake on the lower section of the course, she was determined to take another crack at the hill on Saturday.
Mikaela Shiffrin surprised herself a bit by skiing a clean run onto her career-first speed podium. But she acknowledged that the training runs enabled her to figure out her timing on the track and she could focus on having fun once race day arrived.