Sunday, October 18, 2020

Lucas Braathen Takes First World Cup Victory

20-year-old Norewain sensation Lucas Braathen stole the show at today’s Audi FIS World Cup 2020-2021 opening race in Soelden as he edged Swiss Marco Odermatt (SUI) by 0.06 seconds to claim his first-ever World Cup win and podium. He is also the youngest winner in Sölden ever. 
Fifth in the first run, Braathen attacked the Rettenbach slope for the second time in his career (he finished 6th with bib 40 last year) with his light-hearted and fearless attitude that enabled him to achieve his first World Cup victory after only 23 races from his debut.
The second run was crucial also for another young talent, Marco Odermatt (SUI) who conquered his first World Cup victory in Super-G last season. Odermatt was the fastest skier in the second run and was able to climb back from seventh place. 
Swiss team-mate Gino Caviezel (SUI), who was in the lead in the first run, completed the podium with a solid second run. It's also the first World Cup podium for Caviezel.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Marta Bassino Wins World Cup Opening GS in Sölden

Marta Bassino (ITA) achieved today in the World cup women’s season opener in Soelden (AUT) her second career World Cup victory. Marta stood out above all in the first run where she was able to exploit her skiing fluidity on one of the most difficult racecourses of the whole Circuit.
Marta beat her teammate Federica Brignone (ITA) by 0.14 seconds. For Brignone, it is the fortieth podium in the World Cup and for Italy, it is the first double in Sölden.
Following the Italian duet was Petra Vlhova (SVK), the protagonist of a great comeback in the second run that allowed her to recover 7 positions and finally conquer her first career podium in Sölden.

Monday, October 12, 2020

The Alpine Ski World Cup Kicks Off Next Weekend in Sölden

The upcoming Alpine Ski World Cup season will start earlier than planned.
The 2020-2021 Audi FIS Ski World Cup season is just around the corner. After 7 months of waiting, the Alpine Ski World Cup will be back next weekend. Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again will host the first FIS Ski World Cup Races of the season. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season.
Since the 2000/2001 season, the women's and men's ski world cup has traditionally been held on the Rettenbach Glacier in Sölden.
With the aim of creating the best possible safety precautions at the World Cup Opening event in Sölden, the Austrian Ski Federation and its Organizing Committee have applied for earlier scheduling of the World Cup Opening. After successful talks with the host broadcaster ORF and all media rights holders, coupled with the active support of Bergbahnen Sölden and Ötztal Tourismus, there was also approved for the project from the International Ski Association. The competitions as part of the AUDI FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Sölden will therefore be held on 17 and 18 October - one week earlier than originally planned.
By earlier scheduling of the Opening, it will be possible to use the entire Rettenbach Glacier area exclusively for the Alpine Ski World Cup competitions, to separate the participants, officials, and employees from tourists, and to arrange accommodation for the teams according to needs and official regulations. The ultimate aim for the organizer and his partners in Sölden is to ensure that everyone involved in the Alpine Ski World Cup has the best possible and safest conditions at the opening event.
According to the current situation, we assume that the races will be carried out without a large number of spectators as a precautionary measure with a view to optimum COVID-19 prevention. Further details about the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Opening in Sölden and corresponding event guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, will follow in the coming weeks.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Calendar Freeride World Tour 2021

The Freeride World Tour is back for another action-packed season! 5 stops across 3 continents, all culminating in the legendary face of the Bec des Rosses in the Verbier Xtreme.
As autumn begins to quickly spread through the high mountains, the moment to announce the Freeride World Tour (FWT) 2021 calendar has finally arrived, and the world’s best Freeriders will be back again soon charging hard for the world title in a brand-new format.

Date: January 23-30, 2021; Location: Hakuba, Japan
Date: February 8-13, 2021; Location: Kicking Horse, Golden, British Columbia, Canada

Date: February 22-27 2021; Location: Vallnord Arcalis, Andorra
Date: March 6-12, 2021; Location: Fieberbrunn Kitzbüheler Alpen, Austria

Date: March 20-28, 2021; Location: Verbier, Switzerland

The FWT has revamped the championship format. These exciting changes will ensure the world’s top Freeriders get the best opportunity to compete for the world title and continue to push the progression of the sport into new realms. This year will see four pivotal changes:

1. Athlete qualification will occur at the third stop (instead of the fourth), making the Ordino Arcalís Andorra ‘crunch time’ for the athletes. The same numbers still go through as 2020 (best 2 results out of 3 events counts): 13 ski men, 6 ski women, 6 snowboard men, 4 snowboard women – totaling 29 riders.

2. Two runs in Austria. After a successful test last year with snowboard men, riders this year will get two runs in Fieberbrunn and keep their single best score.

3. The FWT Finals in Fieberbrunn and Verbier will be rolled out after the cut, where for the last two events, the points will be weighted 1.5. This means the winner will take 15,000 points, compared to 10,000 for the first three stops.

4. World Champions will now be crowned for their best three results out of five.