Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Skiers To Follow in Vail-Beaver Creek 2015 (Men)

Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, who won the overall World Cup title in 2012, 2013 and 2014 will be looking to win another gold medal in Vail-Beaver Creek 2015. Last Season the Men’s FIS Ski World Cup Overall title was a two-man battle between Marcel Hirscher and Aksel Lund Svindal for most of the season. But it was Hirscher who once again wrapped up his season with the Overall title in his pocket with five victories and a total of 13 podiums.

Kjetil Jansrud the Olympic Champion and current leader of the World Cup, took gold in Sochi 2014 to ensure that with defending champion and favourite Aksel Lund Svindal failing to shine, the title stayed in Norway.
Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) won Norway's fourth consecutive Olympic super G gold medal, completing his personal Olympic medal set.

The Olympic combined champion at Turin 2006 and Giant Slalom in Sochi 2014, Ted Ligety is the world’s greatest Giant Slalom skier, not to mention an accomplished all-rounder.
Last Season the men’s giant slalom World Cup title came down to the last possible moment as Ted Ligety (USA) overcame a 50-point deficit entering the day to take claim the Small Globe ahead of Marcel Hirscher (AUT). The pair finished with the same number of points on the season, but Ligety earned the title thanks to his five season victories.

Alexis Pinturault is French Alpine skiing’s brightest hope. A World Junior Giant Slalom champion in 2009, he made his World Cup debut as an 18-year-old that same season and was soon figuring among the best in Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and Super Combined.
Last Season he finished third in the Overall World Cup Ranking. He also won a Bronze medal in the Giant Slalom in Sochi 2014.

Felix Neureuther was born in Munich-Pasing and raised in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria. He has competed in 3 Olympics: Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. Neureuther won his first World Cup race in 2010, in a Slalom at Kitzbühel, Austria. He won his only Giant Slalom in January 2014 at Adelboden,Switzerland. Neurether won a silver medal in the Slalom at the 2013 World Championships held in Schladming.

Aksel Lund Svidal and Bode Miller each confirmed they will race he Vail Beaver Creek 2015 Super-G after Tuesday’s opening downhill training run on the Birds of Prey track. Miller has been flirting with a World Cup start for the better part of a month, while Svindal’s season debut comes as a bit more a surprise.

Svindal is a two-time overall World Cup champion (2007 and 2009), an Olympic gold medalist in super-G at the 2010 Winter Olympics. The gold goes to Norway in the challenging Super G competition, thanks to Aksel Lund Svindal's fantastic performance at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games. He crossed the finish line in 1:30.34, finishing only 0.28 seconds ahead of Bode Miller and 0.31 ahead of Andrew Weibrecht.
He is also a five-time World Champion in Downhill, Giant Slalom, and Super Combined (2007 Åre, 2009 Val-d'Isère, 2011 Garmisch, and 2013 Schladming).

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