Saturday, December 29, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin Sets a New Record in the Slalom World Cup

With her 36th career World Cup victory in slalom at Semmering (AUT) on Saturday, Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. passed Austrian Marlies Schild in the history books to become the most successful female slalom skier of all time. She also became the first World Cup skier, male or female, to win 15 World Cup races in a single calendar year (2018). Shiffrin came into the weekend tied with Marcel Hirscher of Austria with 14 wins in 2018 after both passed the previous record holder, Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark, who won 13 races in 1977 and again in 1979. Hirscher is not scheduled to race again until New Year’s Day.
She was also tied with childhood hero Marlies Schild of Austria for most career world cup slalom wins with 35.
Mikaela Shiffrin held almost a half-second lead after the first run over closest rival Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who won Friday's giant slalom race. The American was able to hold on for the win by a 0.29-second margin. Wendy Holdener of Switzerland rounded out the podium in third after skiing the fastest second run. Olympic champion Frida Hansdotter, who sat third after the first run, skied out on the second run in conditions that challenged a number of competitors.
A firm surface with some tough turns contributed to 19 skiers failing to finish or being disqualified in the first run and an additional five athletes not finishing the second run.
Mikaela Shiffrin, who now has 51 total wins on the world cup circuit, has 1,034 points in the overall world cup title race, nearly double that of Vlhova in second place (568). Shiffrin is already the two-time defending overall world cup champion.

Dominik Paris Dominates the Stelvio Races in Bormio

Dominik Paris is unbeatable on the Stelvio. After winning the downhill for the third time yesterday, he claims the double with the victory in today's Super-G. Olympic Champion Matthias Mayer and Val Gardena winner Aleksander Aamodt Kilde round out the podium.
10 years after the last Audi FIS Ski World Cup men’s super-g in Bormio, the best speed athletes of the world took a last run on the tough track before enjoying a well-deserved New Year’s break.
Yesterday, Italy’s Dominik Paris became the “King of Stelvio” equaling the record of three wins in Bormio, but today, he became the lone record holder with four wins, three in downhill and one in Super-G as of today. "You've got to be a complete skier here — good technically and strong tactically", Paris said. "You've got to ski with your head because you can't just get in your tuck and point your skis downhill".
It was a tight race, actually the tightest possible, as the second place finishes only +0.01 behind Paris. Olympic Champion Matthias Mayer is grabbing his first podium of the season on one of the toughest course on the Tour. “We need more of these races, I really like these conditions”, he said. The Austrian is very happy to be back at the end of the podium and hopes to carry on into the January races.
In third place, Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde claimed a 10th World Cup podium in career. The winner of the Val Gardena super-g wasn’t feeling very well on the downhill day, but today the stars aligned again and he could carry on the momentum on Italian snow.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Petra Vlhova Wins World Cup GS in Semmering

Petra Vlhova wrote history for Slovakia on Friday by winning the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom race in Semmering (AUT) as an underdog for the victory. It was the first World Cup podium and win in giant slalom for a skier from Slovakia, male or female, and fans traveled from nearby Bratislava to cheer on Vlhova. It was also the first podium and victory in giant slalom for the skier who regularly challenges for wins in slalom.
Vlhova was noticeably emotional after the win which she secured only by moving up from fourth place after the first run to claim the victory. Another powerful move came from Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany who pushed from 10th position into second place with the fastest second-run time of the day. Tessa Worley of France joined the trio to round out the podium in third after sitting in seventh position after the first run.
First-run leaders Mikaela Shiffrin, Stephanie Brunner, and Ragnhild Mowinckel (who sat within 0.03 seconds of each other after the first run) had to settle for fifth, fourth, and ninth places, respectively, after their second runs were finished. The Austrian team still had a strong showing for the home crowd by placing five athletes in the top 15.

Dominik Paris Takes Victory in Bormio

The Audi FIS Ski World Cup on the Stelvio delivered the same winner as in its last edition, with local hero Dominik Paris taking the win ahead of teammate Christof Innerhofer and Switzerland’s Beat Feuz.
It was a fight from top to bottom, on a course that many described as the "toughest they have ever raced on". But there are some athletes that are not impressed by the course conditions and know how to keep the line over the bumps and icy sections.
Dominik Paris loves that kind of conditions. From the first day on, he had a smile on his face and enjoyed trying out different lines on the training runs. A flawless run where he was able to keep the line and carry on the speed all the way to the finish line, brought him his third victory on the Stelvio, the first one this season. He equaled the record of three wins in Bormio set by Michael Walchhofer and Hermann Maier.
Italy could not only celebrate a home win today, but it was a double win thanks to Christof Innerhofer’s performance. He’s also one of those athletes who like when the conditions are tough and technical skills play an important role, and today he was able to ski to his third-second place of the season, +0.36 off Paris’ pace.
Despite coming into today’s race with the red bib, Beat Feuz was not a top favorite for today’s race in Bormio. He raced on the Stelvio only twice, ending in the nets in his first participation and wasn’t feeling too well in both training runs (10th and 11th). But it all came together as he switched to race mode. He said he was happy to cross the finish line, as it was one of the hardest race he’s ever been in, and then very satisfied to score another podium and to keep the red bib.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Men's Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Goes to the Stelvio in Bormio

The Stelvio slope is considered to be one of the most technical and spectacular slopes all over the world.
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.
It was inaugurated in 1982 for the first edition of the World Series. The course hosted two editions of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships: in 1985 and exactly twenty years later, in 2005. It also hosted two World Cup Finals, in 1995 and 2008. From 1993 the Stelvio has yearly hosted the World Cup Downhill Men.
Alongside the Streif of Kitzbuhel, the Stelvio is by unanimous opinion the most spectacular and technically difficult course all over the world. Champions of the caliber of Luc Alphand, Stephan Eberharter, Johann Grugger, Lasse Kjus, Hermann Maier, Daron Rahlves, Andreas Schifferer, Hannes Trinkl, Fritz Stobl, Bode Miller and Michael Walchhofer have triumphed on the "Stelvio".
This season the Men's World Cup DH training on the Stelvio in Bormio announced that the race of Friday will be a fascinating one. The rain of the past days and the cold temperatures turned into a very icy base layer, that goes from top to bottom of the course. The Stelvio is well known for being one of the toughest course on the World Cup Tour, with dark light and lots of bumps and this year it is even more demanding than in the past.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Daniel Yule Wins Last Slalom of 2018 in Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio is the oldest Italian World Cup venue, as they hold a Slalom in 1966/67, the year of the foundation of the World Cup. More than 50 years later, the event is still running and attracting thousands of people for the traditional night race on 22nd of December.
Today the night Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio delivered a surprising podium, with Daniel Yule claiming the first victory in career and the two Austrians Marco Schwarz and Michael Matt rounding out the podium.
After the first run, one could have thought that it will be another fight between Henrik Kristoffersen and Marcel Hirscher for the win on the Canelone Miramonti. Together, they won not less than 38 World Cup slaloms in the past six years. But today’s scenario was a different one. Kristoffersen straddled and Hirscher made a big mistake at the top of the second run, losing all chances to climb on the podium.
Three young guns, who established themselves in the Top slalom group lately would benefit from this storyline. First of all: Daniel Yule. The Swiss were in a solid 4th position after the first run, only +0.66 off the pace. While many others struggled in the second run, he pushed hard and laid down a fluid run from top to bottom. After two podiums last season in Kitzbuehel and in Schladming, the 25 year-old racer earned his first ever World Cup win.
Behind him, Austria’s Marco Schwarz came back after two difficult seasons. His first podium in career was here in Madonna di Campiglio in 2015, and after an excellent first run, where he finished 3rd (+0.32), he was able to hold on to his good ranking and grabbed his third podium in career.
Only 13th of the first run, Michael Matt was in a different situation. Laying down the second fastest time in the second run (behind Dave Ryding), the Austrian showed a strong reaction and earned the last spot on the podium. The winner of the Kranjska Gora slalom in 2017 is celebrating his 7th podium in career.

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins World Cup Slalom in Courchevel

Mikaela Shiffrin of the U.S. continued her winning streak at Courchevel (FRA) on Saturday with her fourth consecutive victory at the venue after also sweeping last year's races there. The win marked her 50th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup victory in just eight seasons competing on the tour.
Petra Vlhova of Slovakia gave series chase and sat just 0.04 seconds behind Shiffrin heading into the second run. Although Shiffrin lost time on her heading into the bottom flat, the American pulled ahead by the finish line for a 0.29-second advantage. For the third straight slalom of the season, Vlhova finished in second place behind Shiffrin. The two remain the only skiers to have won World Cup slalom races in the past two seasons.
Olympic champion Frida Hansdotter of Sweden rounded out the podium in third place after moving up from fifth place after the first run.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Giant Slalom in Courchevel

Mikaela Shiffrin battled through a raging snowstorm on the second run and overcame a 0.08-second deficit to win her 49th career Audi FIS Ski World Cup race on Friday in Courchevel (FRA). It was also her third consecutive victory at the French resort with the slalom race yet to come on Saturday. She credited a short rest period as one of the keys to her success, as she made the strategic decision to skip the speed races rescheduled in Val Gardena Gröden (ITA) earlier in the week.
Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany led after the first run and gave Shiffrin tight competition, finishing in second place just 0.14 seconds back for her second podium finish of the season.
Tessa Worley, meanwhile, delighted the French fans simply by starting in the race after suffering a meniscus tear in her knee during a crash in the Lake Louise super-G. After being cleared by her doctor to return to skiing this week, she made the decision to start her home race and was rewarded with third place for her impressive efforts.
Mikaela Shiffrin holds a commanding lead in the Overall standings and sits second in the giant slalom standings, 20 points shy of Federica Brignone who finished Friday's race in fourth.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Marcel Hirscher Wins Slalom in Saalbach-Hinterglemm

The second Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom of the 2018/19 season took place today in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, replacing the canceled race in Val d'Isère. Not less than 6500 fans gathered in the finish area and approximately 1500 cheered for their athletes along the course and saw Marcel Hirscher taking home the victory.
After a difficult day yesterday, champion Marcel Hirscher found the right setup today and was able to earn a 63rd World Cup, becoming the best Austrian skier of all times, surpassing Annemarie Moser-Proell and taking the 3rd place in the international all-time ranking.
Loïc Meillard is turning into the Saalbach-Hinterglemm hero. He earned his first podium in career yesterday in the giant slalom and could carry on the momentum to grab another World Cup podium in today’s slalom. The Longines Rising star confirms his enormous potential enters the Top group in both tech disciplines.
In third place, Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen finished on the podium for the 11th time in a row in slalom. A mistake in the first run and tough course conditions in the second run prevented him from doing better today, but he is very happy to find his way back to the podium and to share it with Marcel Hirscher and Loïc Meillard.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Zan Kranjec Wins World Cup Giant Slalom in Saalbach-Hinterglemm

Unexpected scenario at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, with Zan Kranjec claiming a first win in career as Loïc Meillard and Mathieu Faivre complete the podium.
After earning a podium placement in Alta Badia last winter, Zan Kranjec was quite established among the best giant slalom skiers of the world, but early season, he struggled to show his best performances on race days. This is all forgotten now, as he writes skiing history, being the first male athlete of the Slovenian national team to win a giant slalom.
In the second place, another newcomer made his podium debut. Switzerland’s Loïc Meillard, known as the Longines Rising Star 2018, was knocking on the podium’s door with two solid 5th places this season, and today he made the step onto his first World Cup podium. The triple junior World Champion, who was part of the Top 7 group for the first time today, will definitely be one to watch in the tech disciplines this season.
Mathieu Faivre made his return on the World Cup podium today, finishing in the third position. Since the World Cup Finals in Aspen in March 2017, the Frenchman couldn’t find the momentum he had in 2017 when he finished second of the giant slalom standings. He was feeling good in the last months, but the results didn’t reflect that feeling, so with this podium, the motivation is back to keep working.
Marcel Hirscher, who was on the podium in the last 18 giant slalom races, struggled in both runs and finished at the 6th position.

Ilka Stuhec Wins Super-G in Val Gardena/Gröden

After winning the Downhill Race yesterday, Slovenia’s Ilka Stuhec was able to take her second World Cup victory in today's super-G. Tina Weirather and Nicole Schmidhofer crossed the finished line 0.05 seconds behind. Her margin of victory would have been wider but for a mistake before the final section of the race.
"I focused on the start a lot and then I leaned too much to the left and almost fell over", Stuhec said. "Then the mistake happened but I was just like, 'Don't panic and keep pushing the skis until the fin
ish.' So I was surprised when I saw that I was fastest
Tina Weirather nabbed another podium spot after her third place in Lake Louise The 2017 and 2018 super-G discipline winner finished 15th in Lake Louise and currently sits third in the 2019 discipline standings.
"The snow was really nice therefore we really had to push hard", Weirather said. "It was kind of easy, which makes it hard to be fast", said Tina Weirather
It's the first time that the Saslong course hosted women's World Cup races, despite being a classic stop on the men's circuit for a half-century.
"I wish we could come back here more often", Weirather said, "and maybe do the downhill with a little bit more difficult course".
"I totally agree. I love it here", added Stuhec with a smile.
Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria won the opening Downhill races in Lake Louise. Now, she had a gold medal and seven Audi FIS Ski World Cup podium results since starting her career on the circuit over 11 years ago.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Ilka Stuhec Wins Downhill in Val Gardena/Gröden

Today, in Val Gardena, Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia was able to return to the highest place on the podium since her injury and get his first win of the season in the World Cup.
She bested her competitors in the rescheduled ladies' Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill race at Val Gardena-Gröden (ITA). With an impressive skating and gliding start on the upper flat, Stuhec built her lead over the terrain and turns on the Saslong in the first ladies' World Cup race at the venue since 1975.
The Slovenian skier finished 0.14 seconds ahead of Nicol Delago, who grew up alongside the Saslong course in northern Italy. Ramona Siebenhofer of Austria finished third, 0.51 behind.
In 2017 Ilka Stuhec became the first Slovenian woman to ever win the Downhill crystal globe. She also won the alpine combined globe. Back then Ilka Stuhec's domination in Downhill was out of the question. The Slovenian won also the Downhill Race at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz.
But on October 2017, she crashed during training in the Tyrolean Pitztal glacier and suffered a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She missed out on the entire season and the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Nicol Delago posted the best run of her career thus far in her very own backyard and turned into an instant celebrity among fans and race volunteers. Delago had two strong training runs on the slope finishing third and second in Monday's practice, and she was thrilled to convert her fast skiing into a race-day result.
Austria's Ramona Siebenhofer returned to the World Cup podium for only the second time in her career and the first time since December of 2015. She had two of the fastest training runs on the slope on Monday and Tuesday and was finally able to translate those lessons learned into her race performance. Siebenhofer regularly posts lead training times in downhill on the tour, so she was quite pleased to see a podium result in the race.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Marcel Hirscher Claims Victory in Alta Badia Parallel Giant Slalom

There aren’t too many things that Austrian Marcel Hirscher hasn’t done in his illustrious career and after today he can check another accomplishment off his list as he won his first career Parallel Giant Slalom.
Under the lights in Alta Badia tonight, where he won yesterday’s giant slalom, Hirscher finally got the elusive Parallel Giant Slalom win, topping surprise finalist Thibaut Favrot (FRA) in the big final. Third place went to Favrot’s teammate Alexis Pinturault, marking the second time in as many days that the French team landed two racers on the podium.
For Favrot, Alta Badia is proving to be a memorable stop on the Audi FIS World Cup tour. Last year he earned his first World Cup points here, while tonight was his first career podium finish.
Alexis Pinturault topped last year’s Alta Badia parallel giant slalom winner Matts Olsson of Sweden in the small final.
For Hirscher tonight marked a second career milestone as he earned his 62nd World Cup victory, which now puts in third place on the all-time victory list, tied with Annemarie Moser-Pröll.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Another Victory for King Marcel Hirscher in the Giant Slalom of Alta Badia

The Austrian phenom dominated today's race on the Gran Risa slope to take a record sixth straight win in the Alta Badia GS. Hirscher ends up with a massive 2.53 seconds ahead of Thomas Fanara, with Alexis Pinturault 2.69 behind in third.
Hirscher already built up a healthy lead after the first run as he was ahead of Matts Olsson by a solid 0-94 margin. Third place after the first run was the Swiss surprise Marco Odermatt, who ultimately attacked the second run a little too hard and did not finish. Olsson had a disappointing second run and ended in sixth place.
Despite the margin, he kept pushing in the second run, to win his 61 World Cup race in career.The Austrian 7-times Overall winner Marcel Hirscher is undoubtedly the strongest Giant Slalom athlete. Not only did he win this race with -2.53 on his closest rival, but he also was on the podium in the 20 last Giant Slalom races (world cup, world championships, and Winter Games) and won 14 of them. But with this 30th GS win in career, Marcel Hirscher is trailing Stenmark with 46 wins. The statistics are also pretty impressive considering the races in Alta Badia, as Hirscher just won his sixth successive win in the South Tyrolean resort.
The French picked up second and third place in a strong team showing. Thomas Fanara, who finished the first run in 12th place, leap-frogged into second place for his first podium finish since 2016. Meanwhile, Alexis Pinturault earned his first podium finish of the season, ending in third place.
Despite Hirscher’s massive victory margin, his second run was surprisingly only the second fastest on the day. Luca de Alipradini, who finished a distant 28th place in the first run, had the run of his life in the second run,  topping Hirsher’s time by 0.24 seconds, allowing him to climb into seventh place in the final standings.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde Wins Downhill in Val Gardena/Gröden

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde picked up his third career victory and kept the Norwegian dominance of the Saslong intact after winning today’s downhill in Val Gardena/Groeden (ITA).
Wearing bib 5, Kilde laid down a blistering run, that no other racer could come close to. Finishing in second place was Austrian Max Franz, a healthy 0.86 behind, while Beat Feuz (SUI) finished in third place 0.92 seconds off the mark.
Norway has dominated the Saslong race weekend in recent years as the Attacking Vikings have earned seven victories in the last 10 races dating back to 2014 picking up a total of 15 podiums during that time, including this weekend’s victories in the downhill and super-Gs.
It was a mixed day of emotions for Feuz, who watched as his teammate Marc Gisin suffered a serious crash. "That was one of the worst places for it to happen," Feuz told Swiss television. "My run was okay but I cannot be so happy about it".
Gisin caught an edge and fell right before the camel humps and was projected in the air before hitting the course with force. Gisin was airlifted from the course and transported to the hospital in Bolzano. His condition is stable enough to be flown back to Switzerland tonight by Rega (the Swiss Air Rescue Service) and undergo further examinations there. The exact diagnosis is expected Sunday afternoon.
Marc Gisin also suffered a serious crash in the super-G in Kitzbuehel three years ago which forced him to miss the rest of that season.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Super-G in Val Gardena/Gröden

Aksel Lund Svindal skied to his 36 World Cup win in career today at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Val Gardena / Gröden. Only +0.02 behind him, Italy’s Christof Innerhofer grabbed a second place and Norway’s Kjetil Janrsud completed the podium.
The Norwegian superstar already won pretty much everything in alpine skiing. He took gold at the Winter Olympic Games twice, became a World Champion five times, claimed 11 World Cup globes, topping the Overall ranking twice. And slowly, the 35-year-old athlete also climbs up World Cup wins ranking. Today, he equaled his childhood idol Benjamin Raich in seventh place of all time among male athletes. An honor for Svindal, but not an end in itself. The Norwegian, who suffered many injuries in the past years including a broken hand approximately one month ago, is feeling great physically.
"Physically I am feeling great, this is the best it has been since my crash in Kitzbuehel," said Svindal.
Italian racers couldn’t celebrate a Super-G win in front of the crowd in Val Gardena since 2008. Today, Christof Innerhofer got really close and earned a second place only +0.02 off the pace. The South Tyrolean is very happy with the way he is skiing at the moment, especially in super-g where the early season results were not as good as anticipated.
"I want to focus on my skiing and my technique. In the last year, I focused on the results too much, but I think if I let it go and ski well, the results will come by their own", said Innerhofer.
In third place Kjetil Jansrud earns the 50th podium in career and now holds the record of 9 podiums on the Saslong in Val Gardena together with Peter Müller.
"This hill has a great combination of jumps, terrain and sliding parts. Your timing needs to be very precise, especially in super-g. I really enjoy skiing here", said Jansrud.
This is the second podium this season for the Norwegian athlete, who was already able to win the super-g in Lake Louise a few weeks ago.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Saalbach-Hinterglemm Replaces the Canceled Slalom in Val d'Isere

Last Sunday, the Men’s slalom in Val d'Isère was canceled due to the weather conditions.
The race will now take place in the Austrian town of Saalbach-Hinterglemm.
Candidate for the FIS Ski World Championships in 2025, the resort located in the south-west of the city of Salzburg planned to organize European Cup races this season, with two Super-Gs scheduled on 21st and 22nd of December. In addition to this, Saalbach will host two World Cup races.
A World Cup will be held on 19th of December, replacing the giant slalom from Sölden, and a slalom has just been added to the schedule on 20th of December. This slalom is the replacement of last Sunday's canceled race in Val d'Isère,

Sunday, December 9, 2018

An Unstoppable Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Parallel Slalom in St. Moritz

Mikaela Shiffrin swept the Audi FIS Ski World Cup weekend of racing in St. Moritz (SUI) by outdueling Petra Vlhova of Slovakia in the big final of the individual parallel slalom race on Sunday after winning Saturday's super-G. Despite an error in the run that looked to offer an advantage to Vlhova, Shiffrin battled back on the final gates of the course to take the win by a mere 0.11 seconds. It was a repeat of the final from the Courchevel debut of the event last season which Shiffrin also won.
The athletes skied through a variety of conditions throughout the day ranging from heavy snow during the qualifying run inspection to sunshine to blowing snow by the time the race concluded. The race crew worked tirelessly to keep a total of three tracks in great shape for the competitors.
Wendy Holdener of Switzerland turned a tough start to the day around after she nearly failed to qualify as one of the top 32 skiers from the morning. With the 31st fastest qualifying run, she faced the No. 3 seed Frida Hansdotter of Sweden in the 1/16th Final. To the delight of Swiss fans, Holdener advanced through challenges from Hansdotter, Irene Curtoni, Lena Duerr, and Katharina Liensberger to claim the final podium spot in third place.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Marcel Hirscher Wins World Cup GS in Val d'Isère

La Face de Bellevarde in Val d’Isère is one of the most iconic giant slalom courses on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour. Steep, hard, with a lot of terrain. Even in good conditions, this hill is not easy to ski, so with poor visibility, wind and snowfall, the task gets even trickier.
But there is one athlete that performs no matter the conditions. It’s Giant Slalom king Marcel Hirscher. Starting with bib number 1, he laid down a time that no one would be able to match. Despite a +0.71 margin, he kept pushing in the second run, to win his 60 World Cup race in career, the 5th giant slalom win in Val d’Isère.
Henrik Kristoffersen came the closest to Hirscher. +1.20 off the pace in the first run, he was able to step up his game in the second run to reach another 2nd place. For Kristoffersen, this is the 14th World Cup podium in giant slalom, but he won only once, back in 2015 in Meribel.
In third place, Sweden’s Matts Olsson managed to hold on to his third place of the first run, to claim a fourth podium in career. The giant slalom specialist already has a World Cup win under his belt as he won the parallel giant slalom in Alta Badia last season, but he is still searching his first victory in a classical giant slalom.

Second Consecutive Victory for in Super-G for Mikaela Shiffrin

The unstoppable Mikaela Shiffrin followed up her career-first Audi FIS Ski World Cup super-G win in Lake Louise with a second one less than a week later at St. Moritz (SUI). The defending Overall champion and current overall leader skied another near flawless run under sunshine and blue skies to claim her 47th career World Cup victory, surpassing Austria's Renate Goetschl to claim fourth place on the all-time winners list in the process.
Lara Gut-Behrami secured her first podium finish of the season by finishing second in front of the home Swiss crowd at the same resort where she notched her first-ever World Cup podium and subsequent victory in 2008. Showing long-standing consistency in the discipline, Gut-Behrami and Tina Weirather are the only female skiers to have won a World Cup super-G race in each of the previous three seasons, and they both gave Shiffrin a run for her money.
Tina Weirather nabbed the final podium spot in third place 0.42 seconds off of Shiffrin's leading time. The 2017 and 2018 super-G discipline winner finished 15th in Lake Louise the previous week and currently sits fifth in the 2019 discipline standings. She'll be eager for the next super-G stop on the ladies' tour scheduled in Val Gardena/Gröden on 19th December.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Val Gardena/Gröden Replaces the Canceled Races in Val d'Isere

Due to warm temperatures, lack of snow, and unfavorable weather forecasts, the ladies' World Cup races in Val d'Isère (FRA) scheduled for 14th - 16th December 2018 twere canceled.
The canceled Ladies'races will be rescheduled in Val Gardena/Gröden (ITA) on 18th-19th December 2018 with the following programme:

Downhill, Tuesday, 18.12.2018

Super-G, Wednesday, 19.12.2018

The Val Gardena and the magnificent three villages of Ortisei, S. Cristina, and Selva Gardena, surrounded by the scenario of the Dolomites, offer a paradise of opportunities for ski with 175 km of pistes, 85% of which has snowmaking cover, accessible by 83 lifts.
The resort is lift linked to the Sella Ronda sector of the Dolomiti Superski pass. The Sella Ronda is probably the world’s third-largest lift-linked ski area with over 500km of lift-linked ski runs. The Dolomiti Superski pass is one of the world’s largest lift pass areas with over 1200km of maintained piste served by nearly 500 lifts on one ticket.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Stefan Luitz Wins Beaver Creek Giant Slalom

The race weekend in Beaver Creek concludes with Stefan Luitz taking the giant slalom win ahead of Austria's Marcel Hirscher (+0.14) and Thomas Tumler (+0.51) from Switzerland.
Last season in Alta Badia, on December 2017, after scoring to World Cup podiums in Beaver Creek and Val d'Isère, Germany's Stefan Luitz tears his ACL. Another season-ending injury, another recovery phase has to start. But Stefan Luitz doesn't lose his motivation, he keeps his goal in sight: getting back on the World Cup and be competitive. Today on the Birds of Prey, Luitz was more than competitive. He was the fastest and could claim his first ever World Cup win.
Even super star Marcel Hirscher couldn't keep up with the pace set by Stefan Luitz. The Olympic Champion, World Champion, 5-times globe holder and winner of 9 of the 10 last races in giant slalom, finished second.
In third place, the surprise came from Thomas Tumler. The Swiss racer was only 21st on the first run, but an amazing second run, where he laid down the fastest time in all the splits, brought him to his first World Cup podium in his career.

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise

Mikaela Shiffrin takes her first Super-G victory at Lake Louise. Ragnhild Mowinckel came in second +0.77 behind and Viktoria Rebensburg took third +0.83 seconds out.
At the age of 23, defending Overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin became the first athlete – male or female – to win in all six disciplines currently contested on the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit by claiming her career-first victory in Super-G at Lake Louise (CAN) on Sunday. She described the run as nearly perfect and surprised even herself with the accomplishment. The American secured her first speed victory in Downhill last season at the same resort. She has now won World Cup races in ladies' Slalom, Parallel Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, Downhill, and Alpine combined.
Shiffrin joined the selected group of six female skiers who achieved that (without the Parallel Slalom) before her (Petra Kronberger, Pernilla Wiberg, Janica Kostelić, Anja Paerson, Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze).
Attacking Viking Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway picked up her second podium finish of the winter and first in the speed disciplines by finishing second behind Shiffrin following some rocky downhill results. Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany, who has threatened for the podium in both giant slalom races contested so far this season, put down a solid run to kick off the race with bib 1 and held on for her first podium of the winter in third.

Nicole Schmidhofer Wins Again in Lake Louise

The second Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill of the season for the ladies went down today at Lake Louise. The ladies were greeted by sunshine and exceptional conditions on the track which allowed them to push for their very best skiing.
Nicole Schmidhofer of Austria had never won a World Cup heading into the start of the 2018-2019 speed season (She had a gold medal and four Audi FIS Ski World Cup podium results since starting her career on the circuit over 11 years ago). But by the end of the opening Downhill races in Lake Louise, she had two consecutive victories to her name and 200 points to lead the discipline standings. She was joined on the podium in second by her teammate Cornelia Huetter (+0.44), who won in Lake Louise last season, and Switzerland's Michelle Gisin in third (+0.47), who also picked up a podium result in Friday's race. 
Over the past 10 World Cup seasons, the winner of the first day of downhill racing at Lake Louise proved victorious in the second race as well a total of eight times. The last Austrian woman to achieve the feat prior to Schmidhofer was Renate Goetschl in 1998.

Max Franz Wins Beaver Creek Super-G

Snowy conditions marked today's Super-G at Beaver Creek. Austria’s Max Franz charged his way to his second victory in seven days after also winning last week’s downhill in Lake Louise, Canada. Switzerland’s Mauro Caviezel continued his hot-streak of podium finishes in second, 0.33 seconds back. The story of the day, however, was a rarely seen three-way tie for third place between Italy’s Dominik Paris and Norwegians Aksel Lund Svindal and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who each finished 0.41 seconds behind Franz for a total of five racers on the podium.
Max Franz grabbed today in Beaver Creek his first Super-G win in his career. The Birds of Prey wasn't so good to Franz in the past as he suffered many crashes on this hill, including a season-ending ACL tear. But with this win, his third in career, he's at peace with the US venue again.
In the second position, Mauro Caviezel showcased his early season form again. After a 2nd place in the super-g in Lake Louise and a 2nd place in the downhill yesterday at Beaver Creek, the Swiss racer was able to claim a 4th World Cup podium in career.
Behind the two leaders, three athletes are tied in 3rd place. Aksel Lund Svindal, Dominik Paris and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. It's the first time since 2006, when Lindsey Vonn, Nadia Styger and Michaela Dorfmeister shared the win in Hafjell/Kvitfjell, that three athletes are tied on the podium.