Saturday, February 24, 2018

Switzerland Claims Gold in First Mixed Alpine Team Event

The alpine team event made its Olympic debut with all anticipated excitement and fanfare. The top 16 teams in the world faced off in the head-to-head, dual-paneled format as two men and two ladies from each nation battled against one another to the finish line.
After the semifinal heats sorted out the big and small finals, the top-two seeded teams, Austria and Switzerland, faced off against each other for the gold and silver medals while fourth-seed Norway took on sixth-seed France in the battle for bronze.
The bronze medal matchup ran first as Norway and France skied to a tie with two winning runs apiece, the Norwegian men taking their runs and the French women winning theirs. But in the tie-break based on the combination of the single fastest male and female times from each country, Norway overtook France by 0.12 seconds. The Scandinavian nation claimed its seventh alpine skiing medal of the Games with bronze.
The big final was not without the intensity of its own. Austria took an early lead in the opening leg before Switzerland countered at the midway. Wendy Holdener narrowly edged out Katharina Gallhuber in the third leg by 0.10 seconds to put Switzerland up 2-1. In the final matchup of the big final, Marco Schwartz of Austria faced Daniel Yule of Switzerland. Though Schwartz took an early lead on course, he struggled during his run and ultimately recorded a DNF. Yule skied past him and then across the finish line to give his Swiss team gold in the inaugural Olympic Winter Games alpine team event.
"We had a cool team, the spirit was really there. We knew we had a good chance of a medal and we went for it", Holdener told reporters. "For me, it was really nice after a silver and bronze here, now I have one of every color. A really special three weeks for me".
"Amazing, it wasn't easy for me at these Olympics. Now with this event it's unbelievable it's so nice," said the fourth member of the Swiss team, Denise Feierabend. "Most of the time we are for ourselves that's why it's really special to compete as a team."
The alpine team event concluded the alpine skiing program for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Michelle Gisin Wins Gold in Women's Alpine Combined

Swiss Michelle Gisin swept to gold in dominant fashion in the ladies’ Alpine combined event at Jeongseon Alpine Centre.
Gisin was third fastest in the downhill leg of the competition and was quick enough in her slalom run to hold of the challenge of American Mikaela Shiffrin to secure gold. She clocked a combined two minutes 20.90 seconds for the two runs, to celebrate a convincing win and the first major gold medal of her career following her silver medal in the Alpine combined at the World Championships last year.
The 24-year-old’s victory meant another celebration for the GISIN family after Michelle’s older sister Dominque GISIN who was watching as a TV commentator had won gold in ladies' downhill at Sochi 2014.
Michelle Gisin said her sister Dominique's downhill triumph at Sochi four years ago had inspired her.
"Dominique’s gold will forever be the biggest thing", said Gisin. "She made me believe that you can grab the stars and that's what I did today".
Gisin could hardly credit that she had defeated the two pre-event favorites, silver medallist Mikaela Shiffrin, who finished 0.97 seconds behind, and her Swiss compatriot Wendy Holdener), who was 1.44 seconds adrift.
Both celebrated winning their second medals of PyeongChang 2018 after Shiffrin had taken gold in the giant slalom and world Alpine combined champion Holdener silver in the slalom.

Andre Myhrer Wins Gold in Men's Slalom

Sweden's Andre Myhrer won the men's Olympic slalom on Thursday at the age of 35, as his two main rivals dropped out of medal contention.
Skiing in his fourth Games and cheered on by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Myhrer won by 0.34 seconds from Ramon Zenhaeusern of Switzerland and by 0.67 from Michael Matt of Austria.
Pre-race favourite Marcel Hirscher dropped out following a bad mistake half-way through the first run, while Norway's Henrik Kristoffersen had a challenging second run.
"I think if you win the gold medal at the Olympics, which has been a big goal of mine throughout my career, it's something not many athletes are able to do and this was my last chance. This tops everything", Myhrer said after improving on the bronze he won in Vancouver in 2010.
Silver medallist Ramon Zenhaeusern won the third medal for Switzerland in the men's slalom, after Edi Reinalter won gold in 1948 and Jacques Luthy took bronze in 1980.
This was Zenhaeusern's second podium finish in a major competition (World Cup, world championships, Olympic Winter Games) after he won the city event in Stockholm on 30 January 2018.
"It's just crazy. It's like in a dream, I haven't realised it yet and I think it will happen some days for realising that, it's unbelievable", said Zenhaeusern.
Michael Matt, the brother of 2014 slalom champion Mario, put in the fastest second run at 50.66 seconds to move up nine places from 12th.
"My brother called me after the first run, which is always bad news as it means I’ve done badly. I made a mistake in the second run as well and thought I didn’t have a chance of the podium. That makes it all the more satisfying", he said.
The contest had been thrown wide open by Hirscher's shock failure in his favorite event as he chased his third gold medal of the Games.
That seemed to open the door to his arch-rival Kristoffersen, who set the fastest time of the morning to lead Myhrer by 0.21 seconds, but he skied out early on his second run as the Swede looked on from the foot of the course.
"I'm not disappointed. Better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all", said the Norwegian, who after years of close rivalry with Hirscher must have wondered if his day had come at last.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sofia Goggia Wins Women's Downhill Gold in Pyeongchang 2018

Sofia Goggia of Italy confirmed her position as the current best downhiller in the world by claiming Olympic gold at PyeongChang 2018. Ragnhild Mowinckel on Norway was the surprise silver medallist, just 0.09 seconds off Goggia's pace. Lindsey Vonn of the United States completed the podium with bronze.
Goggia, 25, had already won two World Cup downhills and won last year’s test event on the Olympic course at Jeongseon Alpine Centre. But these Games marked her Olympic debut. She became the first Italian woman to win a downhill Olympic gold medal.
Goggia was slightly off the pace on the traverse and skied off of Dragon’s Claw in the backset. But she found nearly half a second between intermediates three and four, building her best speed into Magic Valley. From Dragon’s Back onwards, her pace was impressive, and she easily outpaced Tina Weirather (LIE), then in top spot, with Vonn still to come.
"I still haven’t quite realized yet. I think I’ll realize when I’m on the podium. I’m very proud. I feel so focused on the day that I haven’t realized yet what I’ve done. It’s about me and my skiing and not the others", said Goggia.
Ragnhild Mowinckel, starting 19th, was not expected to trouble the leaders. She fought the whole way down with smooth, clean runs through the Dragon’s Back and Magic Valley. The 25-year-old had never finished higher than sixth on the World Cup downhill tour.
She screamed in delight at her spectacular run, as she became the first Norwegian woman to win an Olympic downhill medal. Weirather, her good friend who she bumped off the podium, was the first to congratulate her.
"I know I've taken big steps in downhill all season and I've built up all the time, and then bringing the confidence from my giant slalom medal too. Just knowing that my skiing at the moment is pretty solid, I tried to bring that into today and just go for it. Up to now, I've only ever been sixth in a downhill so this is such a good result", said Mowinckel.
Lindsey Vonn added to the sense that the ladies' downhill would be a head-to-head battle with Goggia by talking this week about how she watches film of Goggia’s line in training and makes appropriate adjustments. But Vonn’s homework didn’t quite pay off, with Goggia finishing a comfortable 0.47 seconds ahead of Vonn. Vonn’s bronze in PyeongChang follows her gold and bronze medals at Vancouver 2010, and she became the oldest female Olympic medallist with her efforts.
A mistake kept Vonn off the podium in the super-G on 17 February, and the most successful female World Cup alpine skier of all time bowed her head as Mowinckel nudged her down to third place. Vonn, who is 33, has said she will almost certainly retire before the next Games, and was true to her promise on social media the day before the downhill event: "There’s only one thing I can guarantee – I will give everything I have".

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Marcel Hirscher Wins Giant Slalom and Grabs 2nd Gold Medal in Pyeongchang 2018

Pre-race favorite Marcel Hirscher of Austria lived up to and exceeded the hype on Sunday at PyeongChang 2018 as he claimed his second gold medal of these Olympic Winter Games in the men's giant slalom. The master craftsman who seemed only to be missing Olympic gold from his resume prior to his trip to South Korea now has two to his name. With his victory, he became the 10th male alpine skier to win multiple gold medals at a single Winter Games and the first since his fellow countryman Benni Raich in 2006.
Despite a hefty lead after the first run, Hirscher did not let up on his second run and ultimately bested the field by a massive 1.27 seconds. Not since Jean-Claude Killy won the 1968 GS by more than 2 seconds had there been such a wide gap between first and second.
"Wow. It was not so easy to be the absolute favorite in this discipline, then sitting up there as the leader from the first run knowing that Henrik ripped it. I had no choice, I knew I have to give 100 percent and I have to go into this battle", Hirscher told reporters.
His nearest competitor was the familiar face of Henrik Kristoffersen, but the Norwegian had to battle back from 10th place after the first run to secure the second Olympic medal of his career and first in giant slalom with silver.
"Marcel is at the moment unbeatable in giant slalom... At the moment he's just way better than anybody else", said Kristoffersen.The second-place challenger from the first run, Alexis Pinturault of France, skied an equally solid second run to finish with bronze, matching his performance at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and adding to his alpine combined silver from earlier at PyeongChang 2018.
"It was a good fight but Marcel was a step ahead as he has been all year", said the Frenchman,
Clear weather but challenging course setting, changing snow conditions from top to bottom, and the intensity of the Games proved quite difficult for a number of the world's best competitors.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Snowboard Champion Ester Ledecka Shocks with Super-G Gold

Snowboard World Cup parallel world champion Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic, who is the first athlete to compete in two different sports at an Olympic Winter Games, crossed the finish line in the ladies’ super-G in absolute disbelief. Wearing bib 26, she charged down the course, not without error, but always with speed under her feet. At the finish line, the scoreboard showed a green light with a 0.01-second advantage over defending gold medalist Anna Veith of Austria.
The athlete, who had never secured a World Cup podium in alpine skiing but who has handfuls in snowboarding, thought the clock was mistaken. Even after the cameraman in the finish area told her she was the winner, she could not believe the time.
"How did that happen", she asked while shaking her head."I don't know. I am so surprised about all of it. I'm really trying to win and do a good run every time but I didn't really realize that this really can happen. I was probably the only snowboarder on site. All the other girls didn't risk a lot. There must be a lot of pressure on them. I was just trying to do my best run".
Despite being bumped to silver, Veith still completed her incredible comeback story following a two-year return from a devastating knee injury. To even be on the podium was a massive accomplishment for the Austrian who has battled to return to top form on the World Cup circuit.
Tina Weirather, a regular on the World Cup super-G podium and last season’s discipline standings winner, became the sixth athlete and third woman from Liechtenstein to claim a medal at the Olympic Games with bronze on the day. Weirather now joins her mother, Hanni Wenzel, with a medal of her own.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Frida Hansdotter Wins Gold in Women's Slalom

The ladies' Olympic slalom podium was claimed on Friday by three first-time medallists – two of whom are World Cup veterans and one a young gun. Frida Hansdotter of Sweden went full attack in the second run to claim her first Olympic medal, and it was gold. She finished fifth in the Sochi slalom and sixth the previous day in the PyeongChang giant slalom. No stranger to the podium during the non-Olympic competition, Hansdotter was the 2017 World Championships bronze medallist in slalom and won the slalom discipline title on the World Cup tour in 2016.
At 32 years and 65 days, Hansdotter is the second-oldest Swedish woman to win an individual event at an Olympic Winter Games.
"I knew it would be tough, Mikaela has been so strong this season", Hansdotter said. "I was maybe a little bit surprised. It's nice for me to beat her for once because she has been beating me so many times".
Wendy Holdener of Switzerland, who skied the fastest first run of the day, fell a tight 0.05 seconds shy of the Swede after the second run which featured wind gusts on the top of the slope that slightly complicated matters for all racers. Holdener is the 2017 World Championships silver medallist in slalom, and she also has a gold medal in alpine combined from the same outing. The silver and her ninth-place finish in yesterday giant slalom have been a massive improvement for Holdener over her previous Olympic performances where she failed to finish both of her races in Sochi.
The surprise of the day was 20-year-old Austrian Katharina Gallhuber with bib 15 who dug deep within herself on the second run to move up from ninth place into the bronze medal position. Although Gallhuber has six top-10 finishes on the World Cup, she has yet to secure a podium on the tour. She finished 0.32 seconds off Hansdotter's winning pace.
Pre-race favorite and defending Sochi gold medallist Mikaela Shiffrin had an uncharacteristic day finishing just shy of the podium in fourth place.

Matthias Mayer Takes Gold in PyeongChang Super-G

Austrian Matthias Mayer, the Sochi 2014 downhill gold medalist who finished Wednesday's race in a disappointing ninth place, rallied against the odds on Thursday to claim Olympic gold in super-G. In doing so, he ended a Norwegian golden streak in the event that has carried over the past four Games. Starting with bib 15, Mayer bumped Norway's Kjetil Jansrud from the lead, but Jansrud was able to end the day with his second medal of the Games, this time a bronze.
A day after Aksel Lund Svindal became the first man to have won golds in both the Olympic men’s speed events, the Sochi downhill champion matched him with a masterclass in turning at pace down the Jeongseon slope.
Disregarding the pain of the hip injury he sustained when he collided with a TV cameraman during Tuesday’s combined, Mayer carved his way down the mountain in 24.44 seconds in perfect conditions at the Jeongseon Alpine Center.
"Four years ago I won the downhill and now today I‘m Olympic champion in super-G. I have no words for that (...) I was not sure thinking about my hip today. There was a point when I thought I might not be able to run the downhill and it’s still a bit blue but the medical guys have done a great job.", said Mayer.
On the fast and open course set, downhill bronze medallist Beat Feuz of Switzerland upgraded his hardware for silver in the super-G.
"Really great. Second medal for these Olympic Games is really nice for me. That's a dream for me. I hope in four years I come back for the gold medal", said Feuz.
The first two starters in the race, Peter Fill and Mauro Caviezel, failed to complete the course, as did 11 additional competitors. Spectators and athletes alike were greeted by sunny, blue skies throughout the competition.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Gold in Women's Giant Slalom in Pyeongchang

Mikaela Shiffrin wasted no time in her medal hunt at PyeongChang 2018 as the technical ace picked up her second career gold medal on Thursday, but this time in giant slalom. As one of the pre-race favorites, she was expected to perform well but was likely to face a number of serious challengers. Mikaela Shiffrin sat in second place after the first run but was able to claim victory with a quick second run.
The 22-year-old is set to race in the downhill, combined and slalom, but has pulled out of the super G because of a compressed schedule following postponements earlier in the week.
Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, a relative outsider who has only finished on a World Cup giant slalom podium once before, lived up to the Attacking Viking moniker of her team to move from fourth place after the first run into the silver medal position. It was the first medal for a Norwegian female in alpine skiing since 1936 and only the second in the nation's history. Her teammates Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud finished with gold and silver medals in the men's downhill earlier in the day to add to Norwegian celebrations.
Federica Brignone maintained her third-place position from run one to claim her first-ever Olympic medal with bronze. The Italian has 17 career World Cup giant slalom podiums to her name and was considered a definitive medal contender heading into PyeongChang.

Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Men's Downhill Gold in Pyeongchang

Aksel Lund Svindal made history for Norway on Thursday at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre as the 35-year-old Attacking Viking skied full risk to claim the first men’s downhill gold medal for his nation.
He was joined on the podium by his teammate Kjetil Jansrud who also skied aggressively and finished with the silver medal just 0.12 seconds off the lead. Reigning downhill World Champion Beat Feuz of Switzerland completed the podium in third at +0.18 seconds for his first Olympic medal in bronze.
With his victory, Svindal became the first man to win the downhill three times at the World Championships (2007, 2013) and Olympic Winter Games (2018) combined. He also joined Kjetil Andre Aamodt as the only Norwegian alpine skiers with multiple Olympic gold medals. Downhill was the only men’s alpine skiing event at the Olympic Winter Games that Norway lacked a medal in prior to Thursday.
"It feels pretty good. I'm extremely happy (...) World Cup wins, I've been there a few times and know how that feels, but this is different. It's one of those things where you keep looking up the hill because I want to make sure it's real, like no one comes and skis faster. But this is fine".
Kjetil Jansrud added to his Olympic medal collection that includes super-G gold and downhill bronze from 2014 and giant slalom silver from 2010. 
Beat Feuz’s prior best Olympic result had been 13th in the 2014 Sochi downhill.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Marcel Hirscher Wins First Olympic Gold in Men's Combined

Six times Overall winner Marcel Hirscher won pretty much everything that you can win in alpine skiing, and today he grabbed that one missing trophy: an Olympic Gold Medal. Today, his dream came true and the Austrian can finally call himself an Olympic Champion. The strong French team earned the two other spots on the podium, placing Alexis Pinturault and Victor Muffat-Jeandet as a silver and bronze medallist.
Marcel Hirscher (AUT) became the fifth man to win an Olympic and world title in a men's combination event on Tuesday 13 February at the Jeongseon Alpine Centre. After a very strong downhill run, where he was only +1.32 behind the Kitzbuehel winner Thomas Dressen, Hirscher laid down one of his impressive slalom runs to take the win.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Freeride World Tour 2018: Performance Check of the Hakuba Event staged in Kicking Horse Golden BC

Join Ivan Mad Malakhov and head judge Lolo Besse for the Performance Check to understand the skiing and judging behind his winning ski line at the Freeride World Tour 2018 Hakuba Japan staged in Kicking Horse Golden BC.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Freeride World Tour 2018: Performance Check of the Kicking Horse Golden BC Event

Join Logan Pehota and head judge Lolo Besse for the Performance Check to understand the skiing and judging behind his winning ski line at the Freeride World Tour 2018 Kicking Horse Golden BC.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Winning Run Ivan Malakhov. Freeride World Tour 2018: Hakuba Japan staged in Kicking Horse Golden BC

Ivan “Mad” Malakhov (RUS-1st Place) finally got the win that he has long been searching for as he launched one of the biggest airs of the day with an impeccable landing followed by clean, fast skiing.

Winning Run Arianna Tricomi. Freeride World Tour 2018: Hakuba Japan staged in Kicking Horse Golden BC

Arianna Tricomi (ITA-1st Place) keeps turning up the heat with a series of clean airs linked by the solid technique she is known for.

Winning Run Jonathan Penfield. Freeride World Tour 2018: Hakuba Japan staged in Kicking Horse Golden BC

Jonathan Penfield (USA-1st Place) earned a well-deserved top spot on the podium with a clean line driving through the top of the venue with stylish and stuck grabs.

Winning Run Wakana Hama. Freeride World Tour 2018: Hakuba Japan staged in Kicking Horse Golden BC

Representing Japan for the restaged Hakuba event, Wakana Hama (JPN-1st Place) was able to translate her boardercross background into a technical line selection, putting her on top.

Freeride World Tour 2018 Hakuba Event Took Place in Kicking Horse Golden BC

Following on the tails of the season’s first event at the resort in Kicking Horse, Golden, BC, Canada, 47 riders divided into four categories made their way up to 2330m to drop into the “Truth and Dare” face situated in Purcell Mountains. The original event, scheduled to take place last month in Hakuba, Japan, was restaged due to safety concerns and low visibility.

Ski Men

Ivan “Mad” Malakhov (RUS-1st Place) finally got the win that he has long been searching for as he launched one of the biggest airs of the day with an impeccable landing followed by clean, fast skiing. Yann Rausis (SUI-2nd Place) was able to snag second place with a perfect backflip and incredibly fast and smooth skiing throughout the venue. While he skied a similar line to Rausis with an impressive backflip, Kristofer Turdell (SWE-3rd Place) was unable to keep his riding tight enough to place higher.

Ski Women

Arianna Tricomi (ITA-1st Place) keeps turning up the heat with a series of clean airs linked by the solid technique she is known for. Putting on the pressure with an impressive double air and full-throttle skiing, Hazel Josie Birnbaum (USA-2nd Place) took the second spot on the podium. Eva Walkner (AUT-3rd Place) skied a creative line with a side-hit feature, rounding out the category.

Snowboard Men

Jonathan Penfield (USA-1st Place) earned a well-deserved top spot on the podium with a clean line driving through the top of the venue with stylish and stuck grabs. Fellow countryman Davey Baird (USA–2nd Place) stacked another podium win on top of his first-place finish yesterday with a similar line to Penfield, including a big shifty air at the bottom. Thomas Feurstein (AUT–3rd Place) rounded out the category with strong and consistent riding in good snow.

Snowboard Women

Representing Japan for the restaged Hakuba event, Wakana Hama (JPN-1st Place) was able to translate her boardercross background into a technical line selection, putting her on top. The first rider on course, Erika Vikander (USA-2nd Place) put her strong powder riding skills to work and took second place. Marion Haerty (FRA-3rd Place) was unable to keep her line together after some small tumbles but an impressive 360 still earned her third place.

Friday, February 9, 2018

PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony

The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, officially kicked off tonight with an unforgettable Opening Ceremony at the PyeongChang Olympic Plaza.
"Peace in Motion", had been promised by creative director Song Seung-whan at a preliminary press conference regarding the ceremony programme, and that’s exactly what was delivered to the spectators in Hoenggye.
People around the world watched in delight as five children from rural Gangwon province embarked on an adventure that incorporated Korean cultural heritage and the beauty of the host nation’s natural landscape.
A fascinating spectacle from start to finish, here are just some of the highlights of the very special night.

The PyeongChang 2018 Games, which will take place from 9-25 February 2018, will be the third to be staged in Asia, and the first ever in the Republic of Korea, following Nagano (JPN) in 1998 and Sapporo (JPN) in 1972.
The PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee’s (POCOG’s) ‘New Horizons’ vision aims to expand winter sports in Asia and transform the local Gangwon province into a new winter sports and tourism destination.
From a logistical point of view, the concept for the 2018 Winter Games is one of the most compacts ever seen.The vision for PyeongChang is based on a compact geographical area, split between a coastal and a mountain cluster.
The coastal cluster, centred around the town of Gangneung on the Republic of Korea’s eastern seaboard, will provide the setting for the events on ice (speed skating, figure skating, short track, ice hockey and curling), with the main Olympic Village complex and mountain cluster (comprising the skiing and snowboarding courses and the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton track) located only a 30 minute car journey away.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Winning Run Logan Pehota. Freeride World Tour 2018: Kicking Horse Golden BC

Pent-up energy lead to huge airs and incredible riding in the Ski Men category. The local favorite and rising star Logan Pehota (CAN-1st Place) skied a phenomenal line starting off with a massive 360 into an enormous air off the nose of one of the biggest features of the venue, ending up with one of the highest scores in FWT history (98/100).

Winning Run Eva Walkner. Freeride World Tour 2018: Kicking Horse Golden BC

Eva Walkner (AUT–1st Place) took an untouched line with huge and technical airs, impressing judges and spectators alike.

Winning Run Davey Baird. Freeride World Tour 2018: Kicking Horse Golden BC

Alaskan Davey Baird (USA–1st Place) lit up the venue with a powerful series of airs featuring little hesitation, putting him on top of the podium.

Winning Run Manuela Mandl. Freeride World Tour 2018: Kicking Horse Golden BC

Manuela Mandl (AUT–1st Place) launched into her run with a huge air at the top followed by successive stomped airs lower in the venue, winning the category by a large margin and picking up her first FWT win.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

First Stop of the 2018 Freeride World Tour Took Place in Kicking Horse Golden BC

The 2018 Freeride World Tour (FWT) stop delivered for spectators and competitors alike as the first-ever event to take place at the legendary Canadian freeride destination was held in nearly picture-perfect conditions. Known for its technical lines, deep snow, and playful freeride-friendly terrain, Kicking Horse welcomed 47 riders in four categories for its inaugural competition and the only FWT stop on North American soil.
Competitors made their way to the 2504m summit, an alpine venue known as “Ozone,” where they launched into the 2018 season with spectacular lines. The residual fog burned off mid-morning and riders were treated to velvety Canadian powder all day long.

Ski Men

Pent-up energy lead to huge airs and incredible riding in the Ski Men category. The local favorite and rising star Logan Pehota (CAN-1st Place) skied a phenomenal line starting off with a massive 360 into an enormous air off the nose of one of the biggest features of the venue, ending up with one of the highest scores in FWT history (98/100). Markus Eder (ITA-2nd Place) threw a big and stylish 360 into a cleanly stomped cliff line lower in the venue. “Mad” Ivan Malakhov (RUS-2nd Place) dropped in with his trademark fury, hitting all the features as big as possible with clean style.

Ski Women

Eva Walkner (AUT–1st Place) took an untouched line with huge and technical airs, impressing judges and spectators alike. Arianna Tricomi (ITA-2nd Place) maintains her high level as she powered through the technical top part of the venue with speed and then perfectly executed a cliff zone at the bottom of the venue. Confident and solid riding put Kylie Sivell (CAN–3rd Place), the only female Canadian skier at the competition, in third place.

Snowboard Men

Alaskan Davey Baird (USA–1st Place) lit up the venue with a powerful series of airs featuring little hesitation, putting him on top of the podium. Snowboard legend Gigi Rüf (AUT) was not able to hold his line together after a clean 360 and therefore ceded his podium position to the always stylish Thomas Feurstein (AUT–2nd Place) and a solid run from Blake Hamm (USA-3rd Place).

Snowboard Women

Manuela Mandl (AUT–1st Place) launched into her run with a huge air at the top followed by successive stomped airs lower in the venue, winning the category by a large margin and picking up her first FWT win. Anna Orlova (RUS–2nd Place) picked her way through numerous unique and technical airs, earning second. Defending world champion Marion Haerty (FRA–3rd Place) rode strong with several technical line features, granting her a spot on the podium.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Freeride World Tour 2018. Kicking Horse Golden BC

Location: Kicking Horse, Golden, British Columbia, Canada
Date: The FWT Kicking Horse Golden BC 2018 is CONFIRMED for today Monday, February 5th!
The live feed will start at 8:30am (British Columbia - MST time) | 4:30PM(Geneva - CET Time).
On this stop of the tour, riders will be building momentum towards their ultimate goal of qualifying for the World Tour Finals in Verbier, Switzerland in April. After this inaugural event, riders will head across the Atlantic to Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra for the next stop.

The Freeride World Tour (FWT) is the premier big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world, featuring the sport’s top athletes competing in the world’s best mountain resorts. Created in 2008, the FWT became even more global in 2012 following the union of North American-based Freeskiing World Tour, The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, and the European-based Swatch Freeride World Tour. Besides the successful implementation of this truly global FWT, the increase of Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) and Junior Freeride Tour events in recent years show that the base of the sport is growing exponentially.
The FWT represents top-level big mountain riding, the most progressive and pure discipline of skiing and snowboarding. Riders use the entire mountain as their canvas, from cliffs, cornices, and chutes to powder fields and trees. FWT events have invitation-only athlete rosters but the full FWQ series allows athletes to compete in 1 to 4-star level events and qualify for the FWT the following season. All FWT competition venues are handpicked for their terrain, as well as their steepness, and offer a wide range of options to those competing.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Lindsey Vonn Sweeps Final Weekend Before The Olympic Winter Games

The final World Cup prior to the Olympic Winter Games finished Sunday afternoon with Lindsey Vonn taking her second victory in as many days and Sofia Goggia doing the same with second place. In the second downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER), Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein joined the dynamic downhill duo on the podium in third.
The full-length downhill run played to Vonn's strengths as she notched her 81st career victory on the circuit. "I have so much confidence right now in my skiing, mentally, and my equipment". Vonn said. "Everything is coming together better than I could have hoped or planned for. And now I go into Korea with a couple of wins under my belt, and I’m just really looking forward to skiing the same way or even better than I skied this weekend – full charge! No holding back. I’m going to lay it all out on the table and see what happens".
Lindsey Vonn sits six World Cup victories shy of surpassing Ingemar Stenmark for the most wins of all-time. She is already the winningest female in World Cup history. Goggia continues to lead the downhill standings with 429 points to Vonn's 406. Only one downhill race remains on the ladies' World Cup calendar, and that will be contested at the finals in Are, Sweden, in March.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Lindsey Vonn Takes Career Win Number 80 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

American Lindsey Vonn edged closer to Ingemar Stenmark's all-time win record of 86 victories on Saturday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) when she won her 80th career World Cup race in a shortened downhill. Vonn had tough competition in Sofia Goggia of Italy who skied within 0.02 seconds of her time and Cornelia Huetter of Austria who finished third just 0.13 seconds from the lead.
After a solid runner-up finish in the training run, Vonn was poised for the win later in the day.
"It was a little bit more difficult with the shorter start", explained Vonn after the race. "I had to make sure I was pushing the line on the top, but on the bottom I executed the line that I inspected. I carried the speed really well down to the bottom and I skied better I think in the race than I did in the training run. All-in-all, it was a solid run. I know I can ski better for the race tomorrow and I’m probably going to have to because Sofia is gonna be chasing after me but it was a really good day and I’m really happy".