Monday, January 15, 2018

Marcel Hirscher Wins Wengen Slalom

On Sunday, the tech racers take over the hill in Wengen and race a slalom on the Jungfrau / Männlichen course. Despite a record holding biography, the Austrian star had never celebrated a win on this slalom hill in the past and was looking to get even.
With a +0.35 advantage over André Myhrer and +0.59 on slalom whiz Henrik Kristoffersen from the first run, Hirscher could charge the second run and ski to his 25th slalom win, claimed in 15 different resorts. This slalom win also makes it 5 in a row for Marcel Hirscher. Another record he hadn’t achieved before today. Marcel Hirscher is now one World Cup win shy of legend Hermann Maier in second place of all-time.
The Norwegian slalom globe winner of 2016 participated in his 100th World Cup race today, earning a total of 40 podiums, a pretty impressive quote that surpasses the number Marcel Hirscher had at that point in his career. However, Henrik Kristoffersen hopes for more wins, and not “only” podiums. Since the start of this season, he was on the podium at every race but wasn’t able to win yet. He becomes the first athlete to record more than five slalom podiums without a win.
In 3rd place, André Myhrer confirms his great shape and takes the fourth place of the discipline standings that he won in 2012. The Swede found his pace in the first run and was able to hold on to the podium also in the second run, to grab a 26th podium in career.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sofia Goggia Leads Italian Podium Sweep in Bad Kleinkirchheim

Sofia Goggia returned to her winning ways before hitting PyeongChang with a downhill victory at Bad Kleinkichheim on Sunday. Skiing down a shortened course using the super-G start due to fog on the upper mountain, Goggia was characteristically aggressive and risky, and the style paid off massively. She bested her teammates Federica Brignone (whose previous best downhill result was the 12th place) by 1.10 seconds and Nadia Fanchini (who suffered a season-ending injury almost exactly one year earlier) by 1.45 seconds, but the Italian trio still swept the podium.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Beat Feuz Wins the ‪Lauberhorn‬ ‪Downhill‬ in Wengen

Taking the win in front of your home crowd, on a legendary track, on a beautiful sunny day, is pretty much as good as it gets. Beat Feuz had the honor today in Wengen as he won the legendary Lauberhorn downhill ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal and Matthias Mayer.
Beat Feuz came down with bib number one and his run held up through a competitive field. Feuz had to sweat it out in the leader's box as one-by-one his competitors came close but could not top the Swiss speed star. He withstood his first major test with Svindal came down two racers later, dangerously close to spoiling the Feuz fairy tale, but ultimately finishing 0.18 seconds behind.
German Thomas Dressen also challenged two races later, but ultimately had to settle for fifth place nearly a second behind Feuz, the next scare for the home crowd with their red and white flags came when Austrian Matthias Mayer was in the hunt. Wearing bib 11, he was close to Feuz, but finished 0.67 behind, good enough for the final podium place on the day.
After Wengen suffered the after effects of a major storm early in the week, the legendary race recovered amazing well as there was no sign of the major wind damage from earlier in the week. thousands of fans flocked to the Berner Oberland resort and enjoyed beautiful blue skies and as a bonus a Swiss victory.

Federica Brignone Bad Kleinkirchheim Super-G

Federica Brignone of Italy was the surprise winner of the super-G in  on Saturday. After the ladies were prevented from skiing the bottom portion of the race slope during the week, the hill set up overnight and was in race-worthy condition for Saturday morning.
Lara Gut of Switzerland skied with precision from bib 7 to take the early lead despite catching her arm on the fourth to final gate and finishing her run with only a single pole. Brignone followed one skier later with a hard-charging run to take a 0.18-second lead over Gut. Austrian Conny Huetter, with bib 13, squeezed out her first super-G podium finish of the season at the resort that's only 20 minutes from her boyfriend's home.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Victor Muffat-Jeandet Wins Alpine Combined in Wengen

The Alpine combined from Wengen 2018 delivered three maiden winners: Victor Muffat-Jeandet took his first World Cup win, Pavel Trikhichev claimed his first podium and Peter Fill earned his first alpine combined globe.
In 2015 Victor Muffat-Jeandet finished in second place in Wengen Combined and earned his first ever World Cup podium. The Frenchman was 27th in the downhill but clocked the fastest slalom run of the day for an impressive climb in the rankings.
The day started early morning with a downhill run on the legendary Lauberhorn track in Wengen, ending with Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr leading the pack, +0.59 ahead of his teammate Hannes Reichelt. However, in the second run on one of the most challenging slalom hills of the tour, the speed specialists had a hard time to keep up and lost a lot of time on the fastest time set by Victor Muffat-Jeandet.
The Frenchman boosted his confidence last weekend in Adelboden, where he laid down the fastest time of the second slalom run. Thanks to an acceptable downhill run (27th, +2.55), the snow conditions were perfect for his slalom run and he was able to clock a time that wouldn’t be beaten by anyone after him. After five World Cup podium in giant slalom (3) and alpine combined (2) so far, Victor Muffat-Jeandet now claimed his first World Cup win.
Pavel Trinkhichev is a name that probably didn’t ring a bell to most ski fans until today. The 25 years old Russian athlete won the Far East Cup Overall ranking last season and participated in 61 World Cup races so far. His best results came in the tech disciplines with a 16th place in the Adelboden giant slalom last week. Just within the Top 30 in the downhill run (29th, +2.59) he could also benefit from excellent conditions on the slalom run and ski onto the podium for the first time in his career.
Among the speed athletes, Peter Fill is the one that could handle the slalom the best. He was able to zig zag between the gates and hold on to his lead from the downhill run (4th) to clinch the third spot on the podium. The 60 points he scored today, added to the 80 he was able to earn with his second place in Bormio, offer a third globe to the South Tyrolean. After two consecutive downhill globes in the last two seasons, Peter Fill will be awarded the alpine combined globe 2018 at the World Cup Finals in Are.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Lauberhorn Races (Wengen, Switzerland)

The 88th International Lauberhorn Races will take place next weekend in Wengen, Switzerland.
As part of the Men's Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup this is taking place from January 12th to 14th with three events, a Super Combination, a Downhill and a Slalom races. The International Lauberhorn races are part of the Club 5+ Alpine Classics, a union of the leading alpine ski race organizers from all over the world. It was founded 1988 upon an idea of world cup founder and sports journalist Serge Lang. Charter members had been the "Five" Downhill classic sites in the Alps: Gardena/Gröden (ITA), Garmisch (GER), Kitzbühel (AUT), Wengen (SUI), Val d’Isere (FRA). The 1st International Lauberhorn Race Wengen took place in 1930. On November 28, 1929, along with the co-founders of the Swiss Academic Ski Club (SAS) in Berne Ernst Gertsch signed the founding document of the Lauberhorn Race. After the pioneering years (from 1924), with this race, the wonderful story of Alpine ski racing really began to unfold. A story that is marked, to a large extent, by Arnold Lunn and Ernst Gertsch who guided it through many perils. It was a long, difficult and often bumpy road.
Wengen (1274 m) is a car-free resort located on a sheltered, sun-soaked terrace, 400 meters above the picturesque Lauterbrunnen Valley. The fantastic surrounding scenery is dominated by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau massif. The holiday destination of Wengen is situated in the in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, 18 kilometers from Interlaken, the Lakes of Thun and Brienz, and close to the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn. The Jungfrau Region Ski Paradise offers 45 lifts and 213 kilometers of pistes in three different ski areas: Grindelwald-First, Wengen (Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen) and Mürren-Schilthorn, with its revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant, made world-famous by the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service offers 45 lifts and 213 kilometers of pistes.

Updated program

Friday, January 12th, 2018 
10:30/14:00 CET Men's Alpine Combined (Downhill and Slalom)

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 

12:30 CET TBC Men's Downhill

Sunday, January 14th, 2018 

10:30/13:30 CET Men's Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins World Cup Slalom in Flachau

Mikaela Shiffrin won her 41st career World Cup title and her fifth victory in a row since the New Year under the lights in the Flachau slalom.
In front of a huge crowd with more than 10'000 cheering fans, 68 racers battled it out under the lights in difficult conditions for the sixth Slalom of the season. In the second position after the opening run, Mikaela Shiffrin didn't let anyone prevent her from earning her another Wolrd Cup victory. She finished in a combined time of 1:50.86 to edge out her nearest rivals Bernadette Schild and Frida Hansdotter both respectively +0.94 and 1.43 seconds off the pace.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Marcel Hirscher Takes 4th Slalom Victory in a Row

Simply incredible. It’s hard to describe how dominant Marcel Hirscher is in the tech disciplines at the moment. For the first time, the six-time winner of the Overall World Cup earned four slalom races in a row. Another record for the man who has now claimed 52 World Cup wins, 25 in giant slalom and 24 in slalom. This slalom win is added to the six he already had under his belt this season, and increases his lead in all the three disciplines that he is participating in (giant slalom, slalom, overall).
Behind him, Michael Matt proved that he’s in an excellent shape, with three-second places in three races this year. After some struggles in the early season, the Austrian started the year with a second place in the City Event in Oslo, in the slalom in Zagreb and in today in Adelboden. These solid results bring him back to the third place of the discipline ranking.
Henrik Kristoffersen is skiing very well at the moment and is very constant. However, it’s been 8 podium placements but not a single win yet this season. Focusing more on the giant slalom, where he was able to make an important step forward, the Norwegian slalom globe winner from 2016 struggles to reach the very top in his favourite discipline this season. But the results are there, and Kristoffersen is happy with the second places he is sitting in on the World Cup standings.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

40th World Cup Victory for Mikaela Shiffrin in Kranjska Gora

Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 40th career World Cup victory in the Kranjska Gora slalom on Sunday after charging down an icy slope and taking a commanding lead over the rest of the field. Her back-to-back wins in Slovenia were also commemorated with the 54th Golden Fox Trophy, the third of her career and thus one with diamond honors. It was the first diamond Golden Fox Trophy to be awarded since Anja Paerson raced in Maribor.
Frida Hansdotter picked up her third straight slalom podium result with a solid second-place finish. She's excited to head next to Flachau, Austria, the site of her last victory one year ago. With another passionate performance, Wendy Holdener also skied to her third straight slalom podium finish in third. After finishing the GS in fourth, Holdener secured the second-place award in the Golden Fox Trophy.
Her second straight fourth-place finish in the slalom was bittersweet, but Petra Vhlova landed in the third podium position for the Golden Fox Trophy after finishing ninth in the GS. The Slovakian recently announced that she is sponsoring 12 of the best junior skiers in Slovakia and providing them with a variety of race-specific equipment including speed suits, protection, poles, gloves, and backpacks. She hopes to continue to give back and promote the sport in her home country by offering support that was not available when she was a junior competitor.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Giant Slalom in Kranjska Gora.

Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her third victory in a row since the new year with a win in the giant slalom of the 54th Golden Fox Trophy held at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, due to a lack of snow in Maribor. Despite suffering from an illness early in the day, the American opened up a large gap over the field on the first run and ultimately bested France's Tessa Worley by 0.31 seconds at the end of the day. Rain in the second run challenged visibility for the athletes, but the strongest prevailed on the slope traditionally used on the men's tour.
Italy's Sofia Goggia sat eighth after the first run but attacked the lower pitch on the second run to catapult onto the podium in third. Switzerland's Wendy Holdener skied to a career-best GS finish in fourth, and Audi hot seat favorite Estelle Alphand of Sweden skied the fastest second run to finish 10th from bib 30.