Friday, December 29, 2017

Alexis Pinturault Wins Alpine Combined in Bormio

The exciting fight between speed and tech skiers was won by allrounder Alexis Pinturault. Peter Fill finish second, ahead of Kjetil Jansrud in third at the alpine combined in Bormio.
At 11.30 this morning, the 51 athletes started with long skis on the Stelvio downhill. At the end of this first run, the winner from yesterday’s race Dominik Paris was the one in the lead, with +0.21 on Matthias Mayer and +0.50 in Peter Fill.
The only one from the first run that made it to the podium is Italian Peter Fill. The two times downhill globe winner was able to bring down a decent slalom run, to stay on the podium in second position, +0.42 off the winner’s pace.
Today’s World Cup win went to Alexis Pinturault. The Frenchman has been the “one to beat” in this discipline in the previous seasons, claiming the seasons standings four times in the last five years. Even with a particularly tough downhill, the giant slalom whiz managed to limit the damage in downhill, with a 16th place +1.65 behind, and laid down the fastest splits from top to bottom in the slalom run. This offers him the 21st World Cup win of his career and replaces him on the 5th place in the Overall ranking going into the New Year.
Only +0.02 behind the second place Peter Fill, Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud takes the third place again today. Finishing 4th of the downhill with three important contenders ahead of him, the attacking Viking knew he had to charge in the slalom and he was able to pull out a 15th run, that was enough to earn the last spot of the podium of this alpine combined.

Federica Brignone Wins World Cup Giant Slalom in Lienz

Federica Brignone won the giant slalom race at the 2017 World Cup Finals in Aspen last March but had yet to stand on a podium in the 2017/18 season until Lienz. Sitting in fourth after the first run of GS at the Austrian venue, the Italian rocketed through the shadows to claim her first victory in the final race of the calendar year.
An incredibly tight podium saw Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg finish in second place at only 0.04 seconds back and American Mikaela Shiffrin in third at 0.08 seconds from the lead. With 80 race points under her belt to Shiffrin's 60, Rebensburg reclaimed the lead in the hotly contested GS standings by a slim 13 points. Tessa Worley, who finished fourth on the day, now sits third in the standings at a reachable 48 points from Rebensburg.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Tops Slalom Podium in Lienz

The seemingly unstoppable Mikaela Shiffrin won her third race in a row and second slalom of the season at Lienz, Austria, after skiing an impeccable first run down the Schlossberg. Leading the field by 1.14 seconds after the first run, the American held it together through deteriorating conditions to take her 27th slalom victory and first win in Lienz by 0.86 seconds.
Wendy Holdener of Switzerland gave the closest chase in second place after an attacking second run. She also finished second in Lienz the last time a World Cup slalom was held at the site in 2015.
Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, the winner of the last Lienz World Cup slalom race two years ago, collected her first podium in this Olympic season with a third-place finish. Her teammate Estelle Alphand, who formerly represented France but switched to compete for Sweden this season, scored a career-best finish in fifth after skiing the fastest second run and holding down the Audi leader seat through 17 subsequent challenges

Dominik Paris Takes Victory in Bormio

The traditional Stelvio downhill in Bormio is back on the World Cup Tour after four years in Santa Caterina.
The slope "Stelvio" is the perfect venue for the annual men's downhill race. By unanimous opinion, alongside Kitzbuhel, this is absolutely the most spectacular and technically difficult course. The "Stelvio", which is almost 3,230 meters long with a 986-meter difference in altitude and a maximum gradient of 60%, is a notoriously unforgiving track and is the only one where the finish area can clearly be seen from the starting gate.The long and challenging course was covered with approximately 20 centimeters of fresh snow overnight, which caused a delay of 45 minutes, but the course crew worked hard to clean it and prepare a fair track for the top athletes.
Italian Dominik Paris was able to clinch a downhill win in front of a home crowd in Bormio, as he did already in 2012. After a challenging start in the season, he stepped up his game to find the top of the podium again and celebrate his 8th downhill win in career.
"It’s a very important victory that lifts spirits. When you’re faster than the Norwegians you know your performance was a great one. 0,04? It’s enough…This result gives me strength on my way towards the Winter Olympics, I only hope that this good feeling continues in January and in February in particular. No, mine was not a perfect race: on a slope like Stelvio it’s practically impossible to be perfect, but it was a beautiful fight. Tomorrow I will take part in the Alpine Combined ", said Paris.Defending champion Aksel Lund Svindal, who’s the last athlete to have won on the Stelvio, brought down one of his impressive strong runs and finished only +0.04 behind the winner of the day. A 73rd podium for the Norwegian also the 10th out of his last 12 participations in a downhill, which showcases his fantastic shape despite many serious injuries.
"I skied well, I have nothing to blame myself. This slope has always been very difficult and in the past, I learned to ski on ice right here. This time the snow was softer and I could be more aggressive. Being behind Paris is not something strange: one who wins twice in Bormio and Kitzbuehel is a great downhiller, that’s for sure", said SvindalAnother Norwegian rounds up the podium; it’s Kjetil Jansrud. The downhill standings runner-up from last season was already second in the previous downhill in Val Gardena / Gröden and is eager for more solid performances like this.
"I’m happy, this third place is a great result, it tells me I’m in good shape. Because this is a difficult slope, perfection isn’t possible, but I didn’t make big mistakes. This time Stelvio was not as frozen as it was in the past, and they did a miracle to prepare it so well after the snowfall. Congratulations to Paris, it’s not a surprise at all. Indeed, Dominik is sometimes an underrated athlete. Taking part in the Alpine Combined tomorrow will give me the possibility to grow in condition", said Jansrud.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Freeride World Tour 2018. First Stop: Hakuba, Japan

Date: January 20-27, 2018; Location: Hakuba, Japan

This year, the FWT unveiled two brand new locations for the opening events in Hakuba, Japan, and Kicking Horse, Golden, BC, Canada – two legendary freeride destinations.
Forty-five riders in four categories – ski men, ski women, snowboard men, and snowboard women – will make the five-stop international journey. All riders will face a round of qualification cuts after the fourth stop in Fieberbrunn, Austria before arriving at the grand finale in Verbier, Switzerland in March/April 2018.

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.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Marcel Hirscher Shines at Madonna di Campiglio

The pattern "1. Kristoffersen, 2, Hirscher" that was recurrent in the two past seasons is broken, as Marcel Hirscher takes the win on the famous "Canalone Miramonti" in Madonna di Campiglio. The podium of the exciting night race is completed by Switzerland's Luca Aerni +0.04 behind and Henrik Kristoffersen +0.05 off the pace.
It was a very tight race tonight in Madonna di Campiglio. Already in the first run, the 30 qualified racers were all within +1.67 seconds, and after the second run, the podium holds within +0.05. Daniel Yule from Switzerland was only +0.07 off the pace today, and ends in fourth place for the second time this season.
In this race of small margins, Henrik Kristoffersen was able to move up from his fifth place in the first run and claim his sixth podium of the season. The Norwegian focused a lot on giant slalom lately and didn’t dedicate as much time to slalom as usual, which explains why he didn’t win yet this season. However, being constantly in second place still ensured him the red leader bib of the discipline.
Luca Aerni from Switzerland became an Alpine Combined World Champion last year, but never reached a podium on the World Cup circuit so far. Today, two solid and flawless runs allowed him to earn the first slalom podium for Switzerland since January 2010.
In the lead after the first run, Marcel Hirscher didn’t have a big margin on his contenders and had a pretty wild run down the Canalone Miramonti. But in the end, the +0.04 hundredths were on his side and the Austrian, very relieved when he saw his time written in green, could celebrate his 49th World Cup win.
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour now takes a very short Christmas break, before heading to Bormio for the traditional downhill on 28th of December and an Alpine Combined on the 29th.

Last season, Marcel Hirscher wrote alpine skiing history by winning the Overall globe for the sixth time in a row. No one ever achieved this feat. Incredibly solid and constant in the tech disciplines, strong enough in speed and in a great shape throughout the whole season, the Austrian impressed and became the greatest World Cup skier ever.
Marcel Hirscher collected his fourth career slalom and GS globes. It capped off a career-best season for the Austrian technical ace with two World Championship titles, two discipline globes, and his sixth consecutive Overall title.
"It is amazing. You know, we are often thinking about it – how many years it will be possible to ski on this high level – but at the moment it’s a lot of fun", said Hirscher. "Well, I’m hoping for it [to get even better] because otherwise then it’s better to stop at the moment. But anyway, it will be a challenging summer for me and for the whole team to be in shape for next season".
Hirscher's sixth crystal globe bettered the record of Luxembourg's Marc Girardelli (1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993) and equaled the ladies' mark set by Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proll (1971-1975, 1979).

Born in Annaberg-Lungötz, Salzburg, on March 2, 1989. Hirscher made his World Cup debut in March 2007.

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Starts: 12
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Podiums: 7
FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Victories: 4

Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st
Schladming 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 2nd
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 2nd
Vail / Beaver Creek 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Alpine combined 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Alpine combined 2nd
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Giant Slalom 1st
St. Moritz 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Slalom 1st

Olympic Winter Games Starts: 4
Olympic Winter Games Medals: 1 (2nd in Slalom in Sochi 2014)

FIS World Cup Starts: 210
FIS World Cup Podiums: 113. On January 7, 2017 Hirscher achieved his 100th podium from 191 starts (a ratio of 52.3%) with a 2nd place finish in the Giant slalom in Adelboden.
FIS World Cup Victories: 49 (22 Slalom, 24 GS, 2 City Events, 1 Super-G)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Virgin Skiing in Saas-Fee

Winter Card Gold owners in Saas-Fee can now enjoy an exclusive Virgin Skiing experience.
The first rays of sunlight cast a magical light over the mountains, untouched snow generously covering their peaks and slopes.
The Saas Valley is surrounded by no less than eighteen 4,000-metre peaks! Its breathtaking landscape of beautiful mountains and glaciers is simply amazing to behold.
When the day is still young and no sound can be heard far and wide, it’s a wonderful time for skiing.What could be better than making the first tracks in the freshly fallen snow early in the morning while other skiers are still sound asleep?
Getting up early can be worth it!

Virgin skiing takes place every Wednesday on Spielboden and every Saturday on Plattjen. The exact dates and further information can be found here.
No registration or reservation is required. The ticket for the virgin skiing must be purchased the day before.
The Winter Card Gold entitles the holder to cost-free participation in the virgin skiing and is automatically activated for the turnstile.

Saas-Fee is a charming traditional mountain village in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. This car-free village lies on a high plateau 1800 meters above sea level, nestling amongst the icy dome of the Allalinhorn and the rocky group of the Mischabel chain. The ski resort is based at the foot of the Dom, which although not as internationally well known as the Matterhorn, is, in fact, Switzerland's highest mountain, and one of thirteen 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) plus peaks surrounding the village.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Claims Victory in Courchevel Parallel Slalom

American star Mikaela Shiffrin defeats Petra Vlhova from Slovakia in close call Big Final in Courchevel PSL to achieve a second straight win. Third place for Italian Irene Curtoni to round out the podium.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Giant Slalom in Courchevel

Demonstrating impeccable form across a number of disciplines, American Mikaela Shiffrin skied to her first giant slalom victory of the season at Courchevel, France, on Tuesday. With her impressive win, she took over the lead in the giant slalom standings, for the first time in her career, from Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg.
Joining Shiffrin on the podium was home crowd favorite Tessa Worley. Skiing the fastest second run, Worley leaped from eighth after the first run into second place overall. It was Worley's second podium of the season after she finished second in Soelden, and her best ever result at the French resort.
Italian Manuela Moelgg, still chasing her first World Cup victory, finished third for the third time in a row this season. At the age of 34, she is in the midst of her most consistent season since the winter of 2008-2009.
Beyond Shiffrin’s win, it was a tight race for the rest of the field with only 0.03 seconds separating second place from fourth. The home crowd also celebrated Marie Massios’ move from bib 52 to finish 25th and Adeline Baud Mugnier’s seventh-place finish with bib 24.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Matts Olsson Claims Victory in Alta Badia Parallel Giant Slalom

For the third time in the history of alpine skiing, a parallel giant slalom was held in Alta Badia, on the bottom part of the Gran Risa slope. The exciting format saw 32 athletes competing head-to-head for some important World Cup points.
Last year, the French skier Cyprien Sarrazin created a surprise by claiming a career-first World Cup win, while the year before, speed skier Kjetil Jansrud dominated the field in the PGS on the Gran Risa.
This year, the giant slalom specialist shone on the Gran Risa, as the Swedish giant slalom whiz Matts Olsson took the win. It was his first World Cup win in career after he scored two podiums last season – 2nd in Kranjska Gora and 3rd in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The 30 years old athlete beat Marcel Hirscher in the semi-final, before finishing only +0.03 ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen in the final.
His two last contenders were able to assure podium placements as well, the fifth of the season for both of them. Henrik Kristoffersen took another 2nd place, after reaching that position 4 times already this season. The Norwegian was satisfied with his performance of the day, especially as his best position in an individual parallel event was the 9th place so far.
Marcel Hirscher won two City Events already (Moscow 2013 and Stockholm 2016), but had never reached the podium in the parallel giant slalom. Even though he’d like the course a little more turny, he likes the parallel format and is happy to reach another podium and score important points for the World Cup standings.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

King Marcel Hirscher is Back to the Top of the Podium in Alta Badia Giant Slalom

The Austrian phenom dominated both runs on the Gran Risa slope to take a record fifth straight win in the Alta Badia GS. Hirscher ends up with a massive 1.70 seconds ahead of Norwegian rival Henrik Kristoffersen, with Zan Kranjec of Slovenia 1.82 behind in third.
Hirscher also breaks a tie with Italian great Alberto Tomba — the pair had four GS wins each on this challenging course.
The Austrian 6-times Overall winner Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly the strongest Giant Slalom athlete at the moment. Not only did he win this race with -1.70 on his closest rival, but he also was on the podium in the 12 last Giant Slalom races (world cup and world championships) and won 7 of them. But with this 24th GS win in career, Marcel Hirscher is also equaling Ted Ligety’s mark of the second most wins in that discipline, trailing Stenmark with 46 wins. The statistics are also pretty impressive considering the races in Alta Badia, as Hirscher just won his fifth successive win in the South Tyrolean resort.
In the second place, Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen proves that he can be constant at a very high level in Giant Slalom as well this season. After a second place in Beaver Creek, and a 5th place in Val d’Isère, the slalom whiz is now pointing at the 2nd place, 54 points ahead of Alexis Pinturault. The slalom whiz also hopes to grab some points tomorrow in the Parallel Giant Slaloms, even though he never did better than 9th place in an individual parallel event so far.
The sensation of the day came from Zan Kranjec. The 25 years young Slovenian claimed his first World Cup podium today in Alta Badia. Already last year, Kranjec was knocking on the podium's door as he finished 4th on the Gran Risa. Also in Sölden he was able to ski in 4th position. But today everything came together and Zan Kranjec scores what could be the first podium of a long series in this discipline. It’s a big step for him, but also for his nation Slovenia. The last Slovenian to earn a podium placement in Giant Slalom was Uros Pavlovic back in 2001 in Kranjska Gora.

Anna Veith Wins Val d’Isere Super-G

Calling it the best day of her career, Olympic champion, World champion, and 2014 and 2015 World Cup overall globe winner Anna Veith of Austria won the Sunday super-G in Val d'Isere, France, marking her first victory in nearly three years after sustaining a serious knee injury just before the start of the 2015/16 season.
The last victory for this overall contender was at the Meribel giant slalom during Finals in March of 2015. She suffered a season-ending knee injury while training for the Soelden 2015 season opener and has fought her way through setbacks ever since. Almost tearing up on the podium, Veith had an emotional reaction to her 15th career World Cup victory.
Despite a hard crash in Saturday's race that resulted in a hand injury, Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein claimed her fourth podium of the season in second place, 0.48 seconds shy of Veith's pace. Although she ended the day with a celebration, she remarked that she will not start in the Courchevel giant slalom on Tuesday in order to give her hand injury time to heal. She hopes to return in time for the Lienz race at the end of December following the holiday break.
Italy's Sofia Goggia turned her luck around with a second podium finish in as many days after starting off the season with frustrating results. Goggia finished a close third at 0.51 seconds from the lead, moving into second place in the super-G standings (tied with Michelle Gisin).
Saturday's race winner Lindsey Vonn decided not to start on Sunday, citing a sore knee and the need to prioritize her health for the Olympic Winter Games.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Lindsey Vonn Back to the Top of the Podium in Val d'Isère

The Ladies' Audi FIS Alpine World Cup tour endured two canceled races in St. Moritz last weekend and two canceled training runs in Val d'Isere this week. Speed Queen Lindsey Vonn was in the midst of an 11-month winning drought, last season's Italian standout Sofia Goggia had yet to crack the top five this winter, and Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel had 16 top-10 finishes but had yet to stand on a World Cup podium.
They say patience is a virtue, and it proved to be so for the three athletes who would lead the day in the rescheduled St. Moritz super-G held at Val d'Isere.
During Friday night's bib draw in the center of town, Goggia was asked by the announcer if she was getting frustrated with her results so far this season.
"It will come", Goggia replied, so matter-of-factly that it was hard to ignore.
Skiing from a lowered start due to additional snowfall on the race slope, Vonn set the leading pace to claim her 78th career World Cup victory. Goggia followed closely in second place at 0.31 seconds back, and Mowinckel snagged her career-first podium in third with 0.39 seconds off the lead.

Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Downhill in Val Gardena/Gröden

The traditional "Salslong" downhill in Val Gardena took place under blue skies and saw Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal take the win, ahead of teammate Kjetil Jansrud and Austrian Max Franz.
The King of the comebacks was able to win back-to-back races in downhill, as he won in Beaver Creek and now claimed another first place on the Saslong in Val Gardena! He now has six wins under his belt in Val Gardena, 34 in all disciplines and all venues.
In the second place, his teammate found the way to the podium again in downhill. Finishing second, Kjetil Jansrud scored his 44th career podium and made up some important points after his big mistake in the super-g yesterday.
Austrian Max Franz loves the Saslong. After a second place yesterday in the super-g, he claims a 3rd place in the downhill today. Four of his seven World Cup podiums came on the challenging course in Val Gardena.
After the weekend in Val Gardena, a trio of Norwegians is leading the Overall standings. Aksel Lund Svindal is ahead, Kjetil Jansrud second and tech whiz Henrik Kristoffersen third. The upcoming races in Alta Badia (giant slalom on Sunday and parallel giant slalom on Monday evening) could mix up this ranking, as six time Overall winner Marcel Hirscher is in 4th place, only 9 points behind the podium.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Josef Ferstl Claims his First World Cup Victory in Val Gardena Super-G

The fastest time of the weather affected Super-G in Val Gardena goes to Germany's Josef Ferstl. He earns his maiden World Cup win ahead of the Austrian duo Max Franz and Matthias Mayer.
Another snowy day on the World Cup Tour this season, but as the day went by, the snowfall became lighter, unfortunately leaving space for the fog to come in. After a long interruption following bib n°38, the unfavorable forecast forced the jury to definitely interrupt the Super-G race. As more than 30 racers were in the finish at that point, the race is valid and the podium of the day confirmed.
Josef Ferstl, son of double Kitzbuehel downhill winner Sepp Ferstl, was able to celebrate his first World Cup win today. Even though he realizes he was lucky with the weather today, the German knows he has the speed and is very happy that he could put his good training performances into practice on race day. So far, his best performance was a 5th place in the super-g in Santa Caterina in 2016.
Only +0.02 behind him, the Austrian Val Gardena downhill winner 2016 Max Franz grabbed the second place of this year’s Super-G. After his podium in Lake Louise, Franz proves that he is in an excellent shape and can go into tomorrow’s downhill with a lot of confidence.
Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer is walking away with a third place. Coming down with bib n°4, and with a mistake at the entrance of the Ciaslat, the Austrian didn’t believe in a podium placement in the first place. But as the racers came by, he realized that he may have scored 9th career podium in Super-G, the 16th in all disciplines. This became reality when the race was definitely interrupted at 14h30.

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.

Vincent Kriechmayr Wins First Super-G of the Season in Beaver Creek

The men’s World Cup Tour went on with speed races in Beaver Creek, with not less than a Super-G on the Birds of Prey as a starter. Vincent Kriechmayr form Austria claimed his first ever World Cup win, while Kjetil Jansrud and Hannes Reichelt complete the podium.
In 2015/16, the Carinthian laid down his best performances so far, reaching the podium three times: the first one came in Kvitfjell, a second place in the super-g, then he podiumed at the Olympic test events in Jeongseon 2016 (3rd place) and again in Kvitfjell 2016 (2nd). In that 2015/16 season, Kriechmayr actually had a shot at the discipline globe, before finally ending 4th of the season ranking. Last season, the 26-year-old didn’t perform quite as good, but it seems that he is coming back in a fantastic shape and will be a serious contender in that discipline.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, who won the first super-g of the season in Lake Louise last week, was again able to earn a podium placement, finishing second, +0,23 behind Kriechmayr. Last season’s globe winner keeps up the constant performances in this early season and is a serious contender for tomorrow’s downhill as well.
The third place goes to Hannes Reichelt, +0.33 off the pace of his teammate Kriechmayr. Three of his six World Cup career wins in super-g came in Beaver Creek and the Austrian also became a World Champion on this course at the Vail Beaver Creek 2015 World Championships.