Sunday, December 29, 2019

Alexis Pinturault Claims Bormio Alpine Combined

Alexis Pinturault (FRA) claims the first Alpine Combined of the season in great style, ahead of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) and Loic Meillard (SUI).
The French skier finished the very challenging Super-G in 12th position, 0.97s behind Kilde, who was leading after the Super G. Pinturault skied a very convincing and solid Slalom run to climb up 11 positions and take his 26th career victory.
The man who really impressed today was Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who only lost one position in the second run thanks to a nearly perfect slalom performance. The Norwegian finished second 0.51s behind Pinturault and now leads the Overall Ranking.
Loic Meillard was 8th after the Super G and was able to significantly improve his position in the slalom run to achieve his third World Cup podium.
A New Combined Format Debuts in Bormio. That means not reversing the top 30 finishers from the speed run in the afternoon’s run of slalom like what is done for second runs of traditional slalom and giant slalom.
"I think it’s a really big advantage for the downhillers because they just have to ski normally on the Super-G or downhill and then they will start in the first group in the slalom, that makes a really huge difference", Pinturault shared of the new format. "We didn’t see any slalom guys coming from the back who were able to come close to the podium today. It shows how hard it is for the slalom skiers when they are not coming close to a minimum around the top 10 after the super-G or the Downhill".

14th Consecutive Slalom World Cup Podium for Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin took home the Slalom on Schlossberg, after yesterday's Giant Slalom, achieving her 64th career World Cup success and the 14th successive Slalom podium, becoming the first-ever skier to conquer this milestone. This happened on the eighth anniversary of her first World Cup podium at the same venue. In 2011, she ended the weekend on the slalom podium for the first time in her career, alongside childhood heroes Marlies Schild and Tina Maze.
"Yesterday, it was like what I’ve been working for since Courchevel, since making the decision not to go to Val d’Isere, and trying to get a couple of days of rest and some really solid focus, high-intensity training", said Shiffrin. "It was all so I could come back in Lienz and be better. My entire career, since that race in Lienz, I have tried to be good enough, specifically in GS. It’s been a process and a bit of a love/hate relationship. So when I ski really good GS, it’s one of the greatest feelings ever. After Courchevel, I lost all of my confidence. It was a huge relief coming through the finish and knowing that the best skiing I could do was in fact good enough".
"Slalom has been a bit of a different story in my career", she continued. "It’s a lot more solid and stable. I was more just psyched today. When I can feel the good skiing I want to be doing, it’s always really really satisfying to come into the finish and see that it worked out".

It has been again a battle through Mikaela and Petra Vhlova who ended behind her by 0.61 seconds. In the first heat, they were only 26 cents apart, but in the second run, the American charged an incredible performance that not even Petra has been able to face.

The season of new faces is not over, luckily, and this has been Michele Gisin turn who took the podium for the first time in Slalom in third.

Katharina Liensberger finished fourth by a blink of an eye behind Gisin in fourth risking to take home the second top-3 results in less than 24 hours.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin Tops Giant Slalom Podium in Lienz

In the fourth Giant Slalom race of the season, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) returns to the winners path in the discipline by taking her 63rd victory on the same track where she earned her first career podium in 2013.
Mikaela Shiffrin prevailed by 1.36 seconds over Italian Marta Bassino and by 1.82 seconds over Katharina Liensberger: "It's pretty hard to believe this right now", Shiffrin said. "I know that sounds strange, but it is. … It sounds a little bit stupid, actually, to say the last week was a tough time because I still have already an amazing season. One bad race, it's stupid, really. It's just ski racing. But I care".
Marta Bassino (ITA), who won Killington's Giant slalom last month, has been able to put 7 World Cup podiums under her belt with today's race and the Austrian Katharina Liensberger achieved her first ever Giant Slalom podium with an outstanding second run.

Dominik Paris Dominates the Stelvio Races in Bormio

Dominik Paris is unbeatable on the Stelvio. After winning the Downhill for the fourth time yesterday, he claims the double with the victory in today's Downhill. Paris pulls out another great run which seems much stronger than what his competitors can show.
"I’m not the Stelvio, I’m just the racer on the Stelvio", he insisted. "I like to ski down this hill, it’s really amazing. I had such a good feeling and a lot of confidence on this course and that I get another victory today, for me that’s a surprise because it was not easy after yesterday to do another run perfect and on the limit so I am very, very lucky today".
Bormio means a lot to the 30-year-old as many career highlights, including his first World Cup win, have come in the Italian town.
"This city gave me a lot, my first victory and a lot of victories now", he said. "I’m a little bit proud to have all these titles here in Bormio".
In the end, however, he clinches the win by only 0.08s on Urs Kryenbuehl (SUI), who does a perfect run starting with bib 25. It’s the first podium (and top 10) for the Swiss youngster. Kryenbuehl had achieved his career-best result just yesterday with a 13th place and significantly improved today.
Another well-known face, Beat Feuz (SUI), concluded third in today’s Downhill, 0.26s behind Paris, claiming his fourth podium out of four Downhill races this season. The Swiss is very satisfied with his speed weekend on such a demanding slope, also considering his recent hand injury.
This victory is even more meaningful for Dominik Paris, as he now leads both the overall and the downhill ranking.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Dominik Paris Takes Another 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 Beat Feuz and Matthias Mayer.
The Italian speed ace draws perfect trajectories and becomes the first skier in history to achieve four Downhill victories – three in a row - in Bormio.
"I don’t know if you can call me a record man but I’m feeling very great on this hill and on this course", Paris said after the race. "I tried to push today very hard and put me on my limits and, yeah, it paid off very well. I like the hill, I know the lines, and I know what I have to do on this hill".
"Today was a little bit icier", Paris said of the conditions. "They do a great job every year on this hill and it’s always very tough and hard, very icy and bumpy and that’s what I like and why I think it’s the real downhill. You have to push but you also have to be very smart on the hill to not go out of the line. That’s Bormio, that’s what I like, and that’s why maybe why I have a little bit of an advantage here".
Bormio has a well-earned reputation on the men’s circuit as being one the most challenging Downhill races in the world with racers facing a dark, fast, bumpy, and icy ride year after year.In fact, with 13 career Downhill wins, Paris is the winningest active downhiller on the men’s Tour, one win shy of tying the now-retired Norwegian legend Aksel Lund Svindal and Walchofer on the all-time list.
Runner up Beat Feuz (SUI) does his best to keep up with Paris and achieves his third podium in three races with a solid second place (+0.39) and therefore keeps leading the Downhill Ranking 36 points ahead of Paris.
Matthias Mayer (AUT) finishes third, just 0.03s behind Feuz. It’s the first Downhill podium of the season for the Austrian skier, after the 5th place in Lake Louise and a disappointing 31st place in Beaver Creek.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Bormio and Lienz Preview

Bormio (ITA)
December 27th Downhill / Men
December 28th Downhill / Men
December 29th Super-G / Men
December 29th Alpine Combined / Men

Lienz (AUT)
December 28th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 29th Slalom / Ladies

The Ski Racing Podcast By Ed Drake. S2. E9. Val Gardena and Alta Badia Review

Monday, December 23, 2019

Rasmus Windingstad Wins Alta Badia Parallel Giant Slalom

Rasmus Windingstad beat out Stefan Luitz in the big final to win the first World Cup race of his career. Windingstad led the Norwegians, who made up half the field heading into the quarter-final. But Germany’s Stefan Luitz and Austria’s Roland Leitinger were able to keep the rest of Windingstad’s teammates off of the podium by the end of the race, finishing second and third respectively.


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Henrik Kristoffersen Wins His First Giant Slalom of the Season at Alta Badia

After six years of Marcel Hirscher's supremacy, it was time for Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) to step up and win an amazing giant slalom race in Alta Badia. Thanks to a sensational second run on rough terrain, the Norwegian climbed up from the fifth position to secure his 20th World Cup victory, 0.31s ahead of Cyprien Sarazzin (FRA) and further 0.08s faster than Zan Kranjec (SLO). He's the first Norwegian ever to win on the Gran Risa.

It's the second podium in Alta Badia for Sarazzin, who had already won a Parallel Event in 2016 on the final section of the Gran Risa. The French man had finished the first run in the 22nd position and scored the fastest time in the second run, advancing 20 positions.

Zan Kranjec proved again his magical moment and incredible consistency (always top 4 in GS this season) with a third-place on one of the most iconic slopes of the World Cup Tour. The Slovenian is now sitting in the second position in the Giant Slalom ranking, 23 points behind Henrik Kristoffersen.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Vincent Kriechmayr Wins Super-G in Val Gardena/Gröden

After a complicated race characterised by a dense fog and many long interruptions, Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) was finally able to celebrate. The Austrian skier impressed everyone with a solid run, finishing just 0.05 s ahead of Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud and 0.22 of Thomas Dressen (GER).
The top 10 men of the day were incredibly packed in. Behind Dressen, most times differed by only hundredths of a second, meaning that Friday’s shortened super-G course was anybody’s ball game.
"The ride was very good, of course, I hope that the race will continue, but of course it has to stay fair", said Kreichmayr as he waited in the leader seat. "It would be unfair to let the rest of the athletes start in this fog, but I hope it continues. I think I got it well, the ground visibility was bad, but at least I didn’t have any fog".
Kjetil Jansrud, who has won the Val Gardena Super-G already twice in 2014 and 2016, just missed his 13th Super G victory, but was still happy to achieve his first podium of the season.
Thomas Dressen confirmed once again he is definitely back to fight with the top guys and claimed his second podium of the season after his terrific first place in the opening Downhill in Lake Louise (CAN).
In the ongoing battle for the overall and Super-G crystal globe, Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr now has the lead, overtaking France’s Alexis Pinturault and Austria’s Matthias Mayer. Kriechmayr has had a solid start to the season, having earned a podium in both the Beaver Creek Downhill and the Lake Louise Super-G.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Val Gardena / Alta Badia and Val d'Isère Preview

December 20th Super G / Men
December 21st Downhill / Men

Alta Badia (ITA)
December 22nd Giant Slalom / Men

December 23rd Parallel Giant Slalom / Men

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 21st Downhill / Ladies
December 22nd Super G / Ladies
December 22nd Alpine Combined / Ladies

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Federica Brignone Wins World Cup Giant Slalom in Courchevel

Federica Brignone gave it all out in the second run to finally secure her first World Cup victory of the season. She finished in a combined time of 2:12.59 to beat Mina Fuerst Holtmann by 0.04 seconds.
Wendy Holdener was third (+0.44) with Petra Vlhova and Viktoria Rebensburg tied in fourth by +0.48.

"I knew I could not even spare one turn in the second run,” Brignone said after the race. “I tried to come from the back because it was a little bit bumpier in the second run. I tried to arc every single turn".
Brignone’s winning margin of just 0.04 seconds makes the second podium in the last handful of days for the Italian that was decided by the blink of an eye. This time, however, she was on the winning side of it.
"It’s pretty nice to win!" she admitted. "As I said in St. Moritz if someone is faster than you, they are faster than you, one hundredth or 20 hundredths. When you’re skiing good, they come and they go the hundredths. The key is just to try, always. To make the difference today, we had to really push".It was Brignone's 11th career World Cup win and sixth in GS, but first in more than a year. In previous World Cup events, Brignone had twice second place in the Killington Giant and last weekend in Sankt Moritz in Super-G won by her teammate, Sofia Goggia. Thanks to the result of Courchevel, she rose momentarily to the first place in the Giant Slalom standing.

Mina Fuerst Holtmann (NOR) stepped on a World Cup podium for the first time, in her third year on the circuit. It's not a special day just for the Norwegian skier but also for Wendy Holdener (SUI) who trailed Brignone by 0.44 in third for her first career podium in the discipline.
Overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) failed to match the pace of the leading racers in both runs and finished 1.65 behind in 17th.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Petra Vlhova Wins Parallel Slalom in St. Moritz

Parallel slalom was debuted on the World Cup circuit 2 years ago in Courchevel. As last year, St.Moritz has been the stage of a perfect Parallel Show with another sun-bathed day and hyped crowd who cheered for all the athletes. Still, one, in particular, embrace the enthusiasm of the crowd: Petra Vlhova finally got the elusive parallel win topping Anna Swenn Larsonn in the big final.
Vlhova rallied from a slower start in the final to edge ahead of Anna Swenn Larsson by just 0.02 seconds at the line.
The Slovakian ski star achieved her 10th career World Cup wins and made another step in Slovakian history achieving a Parallel World Cup victory for the first time.
In the third-place race, Franziska Gritsch beat Meta Hrovat to take her first career podium finish.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Alexis Pinturault Wins World Cup Slalom in Val d'Isère

Alexis Pinturault dominated the field picking up the victory with a 1.44 second margin. It was his 25th career World Cup podium, but his first in slalom in nearly six years.
Second place went to Olympic champion Andre Myhrer (SWE), while Italian Stefano Gross rounded out the podium just 0.03 seconds behind Myhrer.
After a strong storm pounded Val d’Isere the last two days, today’s blue skies were a welcome sight for the races. Yesterday, there was some hope that the slalom could be staged after Herculean efforts by the Val d’Isere Organizers, but ultimately the strong winds forced the cancellation.
In the end, the long days and wait were well worth it for the French. Pinturault already gave the fans hope with his strong first run, coming out with bib one, taking a 0.59 lead into the second run.
The course set of the first run challenged many of the competitors, including slalom ace Henrik Kristoffersen, who eked into the second run in 26th place. Kristoffersen turned his fortunes in the second run, laying down the fastest time in the field and catapulting into fourth place.
Luke Winters (USA) and Ramon Zehnhaeusern (SUI) were in prime position to for a podium finish after the first run, but costly mistakes in the second run knocked them out of contention.
Today’s slalom was raced instead of the planned giant slalom, due to the course preparation needed after the hard storm. A replacement date for the missed giant slalom will be communicated in due course.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sofia Goggia Wins St. Moritz Super-G

Sofia Goggia returned to her winning ways with a Super-G victory at St. Moritz Today. Goggia was characteristically aggressive and risky, and the style paid off massively. She bested her teammate Federica Brignone by merely 0.01 seconds. Mikaela Shiffrin joined the Italian duo to complete the podium (+0.13 s.).
Despite the weather forecast, today's race has been held in perfect conditions, without wind and sun-drenched.
During this "Engadiner" perfect day, another dream came true for the Italian team that two weeks after the one-two Bassino-Brignone in Killington's Giant Slalom, they signed another great double win, with Sofia Goggia and Federica Brignone respectively first and second in St. Moritz's Super-G. By the smallest margin of one cent, Sofia Goggia claimed the victory for the first time this year. This is the 11th women's double win in the history of Italian Ski Federation and the 3rd one in Super-G.
Goggia attacked the slopes with her usual vigour, but she lost one of her sticks in the latter stages of her run that didn't stop her though, and she maintained the pace.
"That's crazy. It's a huge day. I've unlocked myself, and I took serious risks, as usual, but I wanted this result after Lake Louise. The stick? It could happen!".
Federica Brignone achieved her 32nd World Cup podium and the fifth in the discipline and what about the American star Mikaela Shiffrin who went for her sixth podium finish in eight World Cup races cementing her place at the top of the Overall standing.
In a tight race, the top 10 racers were all within one second of each other, and there was a three-way tie for sixth with Nina Ortlieb (AUT), Corinne Suter (SUI) and Kajsa Vickhoff Lie (NOR).

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

St. Moritz and Val d'Isère Preview

St. Moritz (SUI)
December 14th Super G/ Ladies
December 15th Parallel Slalom/ Ladies

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 14th Giant Slalom / Men
December 15th Slalom / Men

Monday, December 9, 2019

Tommy Ford Wins Beaver Creek Giant Slalom

The race weekend in Beaver Creek concludes with American Tommy Ford winning his career-first World Cup on Sunday in front of a home crowd. The American skier clocked the best time in the first run and the second-best in the second run, finishing clearly ahead of the Norwegian pack composed of Henrik Kristoffersen (+0.80) and Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen (+1.23).
Tommy Ford will be wearing the red bib in Val d'Isère as he is now leading the Giant Slalom standing with 150 points, 30 more than French Mathieu Faivre, currently second.
"I am just sticking to what I know and did really trust my skiing. It's been a progression, I have been building into this in the last couple of weeks also in training and here we go."
Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) is back where he belongs, even in the Giant Slalom. The Norwegian delivered two consistent runs and climbed up one position from run 1 finishing second, a clear step forward from the opening in Soelden (AUT).
Nestvold-Haugen (NOR), second after run 1, was happy to celebrate his third individual World Cup podium with his third place in the American venue. The Norwegian had started the season with a 10th place in Soelden and proved his great condition even in Beaver Creek.

Viktoria Rebensburg Wins World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise

Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg showed the field that Giant Slalom maybe her specialty, but she is skiing fast in speed this year as well. She has now recorded her 18th World Cup success and the fourth one in the discipline, and she becomes the first German woman to win two straight SuperG race since Katja Seizinger captured 5 in a row in 1997.
The second and third steps of the podium are occupied by two athletes who conquer it for the first time in this discipline.
The biggest threat to Rebensburg win came from the back of the pack, the young Italian Nicol Delago, who skied into second from bib 31.
Behind Delago was Switzerland’s Corinne Suter, who followed up her Downhill podium with yet another podium in the Super-G.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Nicole Schmidhofer Wins Second Downhill at Lake Louise

Nicole Schmidhofer, the winner last year of the two Downhills in Lake Louise, returned today to the top of the podium.
The second Audi FIS Ski World Cup Downhill of the season for the Ladies went down today at Lake Louise and saw Nicole Schmidhofer claiming the win, followed by Mikaela Shiffrin (+0.13) and Francesca Marsaglia (+0.43).
After a 7th place yesterday, last year Downhill Globe winner Nicole Schmidhofer has been able to pull out a strong run again today and claimed the top spot of the podium.
"Nici" was joined on the podium by Mikaela Shiffrin in second who nearly grabbed her 63rd career world cup win. The American added another podium finish on the course where she won her first downhill race in 2017 and the first Super-G race in 2018.
Since the beginning of the season, there have been no races without surprises, and today is Francesca Marsaglia's turn. The Italian skier surprised herself a bit by skiing a clean run onto her career-first speed podium.

Beat Feuz Wins Beaver Creek Downhill

Due to strong wind in the top section, the Beaver Creek downhill start was lowered and cut out the top flat section, shortening the course by about 30 seconds. The shortened course saw Switzerland's Beat Feuz take his second Birds of Prey Downhill in a row.  Feuz beat Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) and Johan Clarey (FRA) both in joint second place 0.41 seconds behind.
With this victory, Beat Feuz has claimed his 30th downhill World Cup podium and achieved top-three finishes in 13 of the last 15 downhill races.
Johan Clarey, starting with bib 19, surprised everyone, even himself, and closed in the second position, matching his career-best, achieved in Kitzbühel last season and in Kvitjell in 2014.
Vincent Kriechmayr, who was sitting in the leader’s corner when Beat Feuz crossed the finish line, shared the second place with Clarey and achieved his best result of the season so far.
It has been a very close start to the speed season, with three out of four races resulting in joint positions on the podium.

Ester Ledecka Wins First World Cup Race in Lake Louise

After two top 10 finishes in training earlier this week, Ester Ledecka finally locked in her line to overcome snowy, bumpy course conditions and win her first-ever World Cup.
In 2018, the Czech snowboarder turned alpine ski racer surprised the field when she won super-G gold in PyeongChang. Since then she’s been trying to find the same speed in a World Cup race. Today in Lake Louise, she was finally successful, beating out Switzerland’s Corinne Suter by 0.35 seconds.After becoming the first athlete to win two Olympic gold medals in snowboard and alpine, now she also became the first one to win both a World Cup alpine and snowboard event.
"Going to wear the red bib it's freaky, and I hope to continue like that in the next races", says Ester "I've not decided yet if I'll race in St.Moritz or Cortina D'Ampezzo and I'll probably decide it the week before. This is what I usually do, and this drives my coaches crazy!"
Corinne Suter was already looking forward to her first World Cup victory, but she had to settle with a second-place which is the third career World Cup podium for the Swiss ski star.
The Austrian team cannot be missing on the podium, this time with Stephanie Venier (AUT). She finished third in front of her teammate Nina Ortlieb who ties fourth place with Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) conquering her career-best result.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Marco Odermatt Wins Beaver Creek Super-G

22-year-old Swiss talent Marco Odermatt claims Beaver Creek’s Super-G, scoring his first World Cup victory. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) came second (+0.10) and Matthias Mayer (AUT) third (+0.14) for a very close finish. Odermatt skied well on the technical course, taking the right amount of risk without compromising the speed of his run.
It’s the first World Cup win for the young Swiss skier, whose best result in Super-G was last week’s 7th place in Lake Louise. His other two podiums were both achieved during last season, both in Giant Slalom.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde also showed a very strong performance and was leading in all the splits until he made a mistake in the final section, causing him to finish second.
Matthias Mayer continues his positive streak after winning the last Super-G race in Lake Louise and thanks to this third place, he continues leading the overall ranking with 221 points, 41 points ahead of Dominik Paris (ITA).

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Beaver Creek and Lake Louise Preview

Beaver Creek (USA)
December 6th Super G / Men
December 7th Downhill / Men
December 8th Giant Slalom / Men

Lake Louise (CAN)
December 6th Downhill / Ladies
December 7th Downhill / Ladies
December 8th Super G / Ladies

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Matthias Mayer Wins World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise

Perfect conditions in Lake Louise welcomed the ski racers for the first Super-G of the season. Matthias Mayer (AUT) showed great confidence and top-level skiing, securing his 6th World Cup victory, the third one in this discipline. Dominik Paris (ITA) finished second and Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) and Mauro Caviezel (SUI) in joint third.
Matthias Mayer had finished four times second in the Canadian venue but had never managed to win in Lake Louise before today. Mayer celebrates the start of the season and returns to victory after more than a year.
"It’s always special to get a win in the first (Super G) race of the season. I think I made the difference in the second part of the course. I knew there were many strong guys down there, so I tried to push hard and give everything", said Mayer.

Dominik Paris confirmed his speed skills and good condition, taking like yesterday in the Downhill the second spot, 0.40 seconds behind the Austrian.
Caviezel and Kirechmayr also showed strong performances, cutting both the finish line only 0.09 seconds behind Paris. For the second time in two days, two athletes had to share the third spot of the podium.

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Slalom in Killington

Mikaela Shiffrin continues in the path of victory in slalom with a demonstrative victory in Killington (Vermont, USA). After leading the first run of the second slalom of the season, Shiffrin finishes ahead of Petra Vlhova (+ 2.29) and Anna Swenn Larsson (+ 2.73).
It's the 4th consecutive slalom victory for Shiffrin in Vermont. Mikaela equals Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll for second on the women's World Cup career list with a 62nd win. The record of 82 race wins is now held by Linsdey Vonn.
"The record's keep going, don't they?" Mikaela laughed. "It's different from what Ingemar was able to do, or what Annemarie was able to do - to me, with these amazing racers, their records will last forever. It's a different generation, with different events. But the records are also a symbol of the work that I do and the work that my team does...the way that we all work together - it's like a family, and we're just doing the best we can every day".
Conditions were really challenging. An icy slope, flat light, and a turny set made for a gritty slalom. Even athletes that ended the day on the podium, such as Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson, said that the course was not one that any of the women felt good on. Shiffrin called the surface bulletproof and intimidating, and Vlhova said she had not skied ice quite like that in years.
"Anywhere else, I might have gotten bumped off the course", said Shiffrin. "But the crowd here really carried me down the hill. It felt wild. Nobody likes to fall, but I really don’t like to fall. I felt really scrappy in the second run and was doing everything I could to keep my skis moving and make it down the course".

Thomas Dressen Wins First Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise

After exactly one year from his last World Cup race, Thomas Dressen (GER) secures his third World Cup victory in Lake Louise, ahead of Dominik Paris (ITA) and the Swiss pack composed of Carlo Janka and Beat Feuz, both in joint third.
It’s an incredible day for the German skier, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on 30th November 2018 in Beaver Creek and came back to competitions today in Lake Louise, topping the podium with a very solid and smooth run.
Thomas Dressen was really enthusiastic: "I have no words, I don’t know what to say. Finishing in the top 10 would have been already a great result, but winning on the day of my comeback is just unbelievable!".
"It’s been the small steps, you know?" he said of his recovery. "The first time really walking without crutches, then being able to go upstairs and downstairs without pain, which is still a little bit of a problem sometimes, then first time back on skis. I was struggling a little bit and to be honest, to be really sure that I could compete again in the World Cup and maybe be successful was just in the last few weeks".Runner-up Dominik Paris also made the most of the great conditions of the slope and the clear skies, concluding in second just 0.02 behind Dressen.
For Swiss Janka, the fastest in both training runs, it’s the first podium after more than two years. Janka (+0.26) shares the third spot on the podium with teammate Beat Feuz, the winner of last season’s Downhill Globe.
Beat Feuz was in the podium in 12 of the last 14 Downhill races.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Marta Bassino Wins Giant Slalom in Killington

In front of 18,500 spectators at the Killington World Cup in Vermont, Italy’s Marta Bassino put two clean and fast runs together to win the first World Cup race of her career on a course shortened because of gusting winds at the planned start line. The 23-year-old has been on the podium in the World Cup five times prior to Today’s Giant Slalom.
Federica Brignone was able to pick up her first podium of the season with a second-place finish. Brignone, winner of the Killington Giant Slalom last year, delivered a storming second run. She clocked the quickest second run climbing six positions to win her 20th career podium.
Local hero Mikaela Shiffrin finished in third place, 0.29 seconds off of Bassino’s winning pace. Shiffrin remains in search of a first Giant Slalom win at Killington, where she has won three slalom races.
The young New Zealander Alice Robinson, who pipped Shiffrin to win the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, failed to finish the first run. Robinson surprised all with her presence in Killington after a bone bruise in her left knee. She decided to take part in the second Giant Slalom of the season after the all-clear message from the doctors.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Killington and Lake Louise Preview

Killington (USA)
November 30th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 1st Slalom / Ladies

Last year, Federica Brignone skied a smashing second run to claim her first victory of the season at the Killington (USA) Giant Slalom race in front of 18,500 spectators. The Italian overtook Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel for the win. The Attacking Viking held the lead following the first run and was able to pick up her first podium of the season with a second-place finish. Stephanie Brunner of Austria, who was on the comeback from a torn ACL, earned her career-first podium result finishing in the third position.

Last season Mikaela Shiffrin battled challenging visibility and course conditions in Killington to win her second slalom race of the season, in front of her home crowd of 15,000 roaring fans at Killington (USA). She skied the fastest first run down the Superstar trail and was able to hold on in the second for the win despite a hard charge by Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, who ultimately finished second, and Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, who finished third.

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 30th Downhill / Men
December 1st Super-G / Men

Last season, the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill of the season went down under a bright sunshine today at Lake Louise and saw Max Franz claiming the win, followed by the Italian duo Christof Innerhofer and Dominik Paris.

For the 7th year in a row, an attacking Viking was at the top of the Super-G ranking in Lake Louise. Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud, all editions since 2010 were won by a Norwegian athlete, and it was no different in 2018. The Cup winner from 2016 and 2017 laid down an aggressive run and finished with a tight +0.14 advantage over Vincent Kriechmayr and 0.21 of Mauro Caviezel.

Update: In the Downhill training sessions on days 28 and 29, Carlo Janka has been the fastest with Matthias Mayer marking the second and third fastest time respectively.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2019-2020 Moves To North America

The Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in North America this weekend.
Killington will host two technical races. The World Cup event in Vermont will feature Ladies Giant Slalom and Slalom ski events on the Superstar course. The races will take place on November 30 and December 1, 2019.
The world's fastest Men come to Canada's Lake Louise for the first speed events. Downhill and Super-G races are scheduled to take place on the same days.

Killington (USA)
November 30th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 1st Slalom / Ladies

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 30th Downhill / Men
December 1st Super G / Men

Lake Louise (CAN)
December 6th Downhill / Ladies
December 7th Downhill / Ladies
December 8th Super G / Ladies

Beaver Creek (USA)
December 6th Super G / Men
December 7th Downhill / Men
December 8th Giant Slalom / Men

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Henrik Kristoffersen Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi

Henrik Kristoffersen took the opening men’s slalom race of the 2020 season in Levi, Finland, on Sunday, setting the stage for an exciting season of men’s slalom with several top contenders for the title emerging.
After a frustrating start to the season in Sölden and a 4th place in the first run, many eyes were on the 25-year-old Norwegian ski star. Kristoffersen skied a masterful second run to vault himself into the
first place.
"Today was a good day, it was definitely a step in the right direction. I am Super happy about the skiing down the piste in the second run, I was on the limit there are still things you can do better but I’m really happy to start off like this", Kristoffersen said.
Henrik Kristoffersen was joined on the podium by Frenchman Clement Noel (+ 0.09) in second and Switzerland’s Daniel Yule (+ 0.18) in third after a snowy second run.
It’s the fifth slalom World Cup podium for Clement Noel, who continues his positive streak from last season.
Daniel Yule writes history with his third place, becoming the first Swiss man to finish on the podium in the Finnish venue and improving his 6th place from last year.
Dave Ryding in the second position after the first run made a mistake in the second run and skied out, preventing his nation to score its first-ever World Cup win.
Alexis Pinturault didn't qualify for the second run. Henrik Kristoffersen is now leading the overall ranking, 13 points ahead of Pinturault.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi

Mikaela Shiffrin continued her unbeaten streak in slalom with a demonstrative victory on Levi (Finland).
Shiffrin opened the season with a victory in Levi that saw her break the record number of wins. It is Shiffrin's 41st World Cup slalom win, moving one ahead of Ingemar Stenmark's tally of 40, putting her as the greatest slalom skier of all-time.
The American Ski Star also became the first woman to win four times in Levi, adding to her successes in 2013, 2016 and 2018 and consequently, she earned her fourth reindeer.
"I wasn't thinking about that (the record) at all today. Nobody asked too so that was pretty nice. I was just trying to push Petra, she's skiing really well I know she had a really tough start to the start of the season with the sickness, so coming out here and being so strong was super impressive. She showed great strength not only physically but mentally too. I feel a little bit lucky with this win, but I also feel good with my skiing so I'm happy", Shiffrin said.
Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova wasted no time in confirming her status as Mikaela Shiffrin's main rival as she took a slim lead over Mikaela Shiffrin in the opening run by 0.13, but she crashed out early in the second run giving the podium space to Wendy Holdener.
The Swiss Skier was sixth in the first run, and she has had a solid second run that permitted her to achieve her third podium in Levi.
The Austrian women also made a strong statement in the slalom season opener, putting five women in the top 15, and three women in the top ten despite the absence of one of their top technical skiers, Bernadette Schild. The charge was led by 23-year-old Katharina Truppe, who earned her first career World Cup podium in third. Her teammates, Katharina Liensberger and Katharina Huber, finished seventh and eighth respectively. Liensberger had been cleared to compete in Levi about a week ago, after finally locking down a contract with Rossignol for the season.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Levi To Host Slalom World Cup Opening This Weekend

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2019-2020 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend.
The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 23rd and 24th November with the following program:

Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 23.11.2019, starting times 11:15/14:15 LOC - 10:15/13:15 CET
Men's slalom - Sunday, 24.11.2019, starting times 11:15/14:15 LOC - 10:15/13:15 CET

In the Year 2012, The Regional Council of Lapland awarded the World Cup Levi event for its’ annual nomination for Regional Developer. The award was a great honor for the event and the recognition of creating the attractive World Cup Levi brand and promoting significantly the international visibility of Lapland.
Levi, located about 170 km north of the Polar Circle (Levi World Cup is the northmost Alpine World Cup), is one of the largest ski resorts in Finnish Lapland. Levi Fell village is actually a small holiday town, which offers a wide range of first-rate services to its guests.
The Levi fell is 531 meters above sea level. There are some 50 ski slopes in Levi and the skiing and snowboarding season is particularly long, typically lasting from mid-October to the beginning of June. Levi has been chosen as the best domestic skiing resort in Finland several times.
Levi is the market leader and pioneer in Finland in Ski Resorts. In the area, there are 24 000 beds, which makes possible 2,5 million overnights/year with 650 000 visitors/year.
Besides the 43 slopes and 28 ski lifts, there are 230 km's cross-country tracks and 880 km's snowmobiling routes.
More than 20,000 spectators are expected at the two races on the weekend and the organizers have put great emphasis on involving local schools and youngsters to bring them to the events.
The Levi Black competition course vertical drop is 180 meters and the steepest part of the racecourse has the steepness of 52 %.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

SKI plus CITY Pass. One Ticket to Enjoy Innsbruck and the Best Skiing

The world is changing - faster than ever. Megatrends such as demographic change, urbanization, and digitization are changing the significance of tourism at different levels.
In this society in continuous change traditional winter tourism is characterized by structural changes.
Today, guests are more informed, changeable, spontaneous and they look for a more varied offer.
Not only the competition for winter sports between Alpine countries is stronger. Mountain destinations also compete with other alternative leisure and holiday offers.
Only with innovative and easily communicated offers, we can compete in international competition and win new guests for our alpine winter destinations.

The alpine destinations are recommended to cooperate more with cities and to create hybrid offers for city and mountain.
In Innsbruck, winter sports can increasingly be positioned as a city experience due to the short distance to the mountains.
More than hardly any other place in the world, Innsbruck offers the urban feel of a city, but in the shadow of a mountain landscape. If you want to transform your skiing holiday into something very special, you can combine the best of both worlds in an often snowy Innsbruck.
The city of Innsbruck is the gateway to the mountain. During the day in the mountains, in the evening or in case of bad weather in the city. Our guests want to have as much variety in their lives as possible, and with this kind of offer, they would be well served.

The new SKI plus CITY Pass Stubai Innsbruck offers the full package in one ticket. It includes 13 ski areas (Stubai Glacier, Axamer Lizum, Schlick 2000, Kühtai, Hochötz, Muttereralm, Bergeralm, Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen, Serlesbahnen, Elferbahnen, Patscherkofel, Oberperfuss - Rangger Köpfl, and Glungezer), 22 city experiences, 3 indoor pools, the use of the entire ski bus network as well as the Innsbruck Sightseer hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Simple, flexible and convenient while you are on holiday – that’s the way to do it!

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Alexis Pinturault Wins World Cup Opening GS in Sölden

Alexis Pinturault kicked off his 2020 winter in the best possible way on Sunday, taking the men’s Giant Slalom in Sölden, Austria, and showing that he will be the man to beat this year in GS.
Pinturault led after the first run and managed to battle through dark conditions in the second run to extend his lead and take his 24th career World Cup victory over his French teammate, Mathieu Faivre, who finished 0.54 seconds back in second. Slovenia’s Zan Kranjec rounded out the contested podium in third.
It was Pinturault’s 12th career Giant Slalom win. For Faivre, it was his best finish since last December and his seventh career podium.
All eyes were on Pinturault entering today’s race. After finishing in second place in last year’s Overall race (third in 2014, 2015 and 2016), he was dubbed one of the favorites to fill the footsteps of now-retired Marcel Hirscher.
The Frenchman wasted no time in the season-opener setting the tone as he held the lead after the first run, albeit by a slim 0.02 seconds margin ahead of Faivre.
"It was really fantastic", Pinturault said after the race. "I had two solid runs. It was really hard on the second run we couldn’t see anything on the piste".
The second run proved to be tough for a handful of athletes, including young Swiss rising star Marco Odermatt, who sat in third place after the first run but slipped to 13th after a costly mistake. Taking advantage of Odermatt’s misfortune was Slovenian Zan Kranjec, who landed on the podium 0.63 seconds off the winning pace.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Alice Robinson Wins World Cup Opening GS in Sölden

17-year-old New Zealand sensation Alice Robinson stole the show at today’s Audi FIS World Cup 2019/20 opening race in Soelden as she edged defending Overall World Cup winner Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) by 0.06 seconds to claim her first-ever World Cup win. She is also the youngest winner in Sölden ever.
Teenage skier charmed the alpine world last year when at the Season Finals in Soldeu Grandvalira she claimed a second-place finish, behind Shiffrin, after earning the qualification spot for the Finals as the Junior World Champion.
"You could see it already last year that she is going t be a really strong skier", said a complimentary Shiffrin after the race. "I really like the way she skis and I think it’s exciting that she won today".
The World Junior Giant Slalom Champion picked up in Soelden right where she left off last year in Soldeu, skiing nearly flawlessly under perfect conditions and blue skies.
The New Zealander herself was clearly emotional after today’s win saying through tears, "It’s like a dream for me and I’m still in shock. To be honest, I won by such a small margin against Mikaela, I still feel really lucky to stand here".
Already in the first run, Robinson was challenging Shiffrin. She was the only one who managed to stay within striking distance, ending only 0.14 behind the American ski star.

Tessa Worley (FRA) rounded out the podium taking third place 0.36 seconds off the pace thanks to a strong second run that saw her improve three places to get on the podium. Aside from Mikaela Shiffrin, she is the only other woman to come within a half-second of Robinson’s total time.

Norway’s Maria Therese Tviberg, who started at the back of the pack, wearing bib 58, was able to break into the top 30 on her first run. She then laid down the fast second run time of the day and finished in sixth place – her career-best.
It was nearly a dream start to the season for the women’s Audi FIS World Cup. The only dark spot came in the second run when Bernadette Schild (AUT) had to be airlifted off the course after a crash. The diagnosis revealed an ACL tear in her right knee, which means the premature season ending for the tech specialist.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Ski Racing Podcast By Ed Drake. S2. E2. Sölden Preview

The Alpine Ski World Cup in Sölden

In three days, the 2019-2020 winter season kicks off in Sölden with the first world cup races.
It's been a long summer of preparation and now finally the waiting is over and everything is ready for an extremely exciting weekend of racing.

The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of Alpine Skiing competitions staged annually. It is considered the premier competition in alpine ski racing together with the quadrennial Olympic Winter Games and the biennial FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Some experts even consider winning the World Cup to be athletically a more valuable title than winning gold at the Olympic Winter Games or the World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several events throughout the season, and not just in one race. Today, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races are held primarily at famous ski resorts in the European Alps, along with regular stops in Scandinavia, North America, and Far East Asia.

Race Course Rettenbach Glacier, Sölden

The race course in Sölden with its impressive steep slope is the first challenge for the athletes every year.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

The Alpine Ski World Cup Kicks Off in Sölden

The 2019-2020 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.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Alpine Ski World Cup Starts in Ten Days in Sölden

In less than ten days, Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again hosts the first FIS Ski World Cup Races. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season. The traditional Ladies' and Men's Giant Slalom are confirmed on 26th – 27th October 2019 on the Rettenbach Glacier.
On Saturday the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden. The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 24th time in the Tyrolean ski resort.
Since the 2000/2001 season, the yearly held men’s and women’s Alpine Ski World Opening has been taking place on Sölden’s Rettenbach Glacier.
This morning, the official snow control took place in Sölden. FIS race director Markus Mayr and the chief of the course Isidor Grüner gave the green light for the first ski races of the season. As excitement is building up, the greatest alpine ski racers in the world are getting ready to return to the Rettenbach glacier for a weekend of thrill, where they will find perfect snow conditions.
"The slope preparation took us a very long time. Luckily we have had good temperatures for snow-making and at the moment we have great conditions for the training. Now we will work subtly with water to create ideal and fair racing conditions for Saturday and Sunday" said Isidor Grüner.


26.10.2019 Women's Giant Slalom
27.10.2019 Men's Giant Slalom

Starting times:

10:00 am: 1st run
13:00 pm: 2nd run

The competition promises to be very interesting with Mikaela Shiffrin eager to defend her title against giant slalom veterans such as Tessa Worley, Viktoria Rebensubrg and Federica Brignone. On the men’s side, it looks even more exciting with many competitive athletes willing to fill that empty left by Marcel Hircher after his retirement.

Sölden is a municipality located in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria. With tourist bed nights running at over two million per year, the municipality is second only to Vienna as an Austrian tourist destination. The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level. The highest peak is the Wildspitze which is at 3,768 meters the second highest mountain in Austria after the Grossglockner. Sölden is a very popular ski resort.
The first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race of the year traditionally takes place on the slope located on the Rettenbach glacier, a high-quality icy track with the starting gate situated over 3,000 meters in altitude.
Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. From November through May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Calendar Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2019-2020

This is the calendar for the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2019-2020.

Sölden (AUT)
October 26th Giant Slalom / Ladies
October 27th Giant Slalom / Men

Levi (FIN)
November 23rd Slalom / Ladies
November 24th Slalom / Men

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 30th Downhill / Men
December 1st Super G / Men

Killington (USA)
November 30th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 1st Slalom / Ladies

Lake Louise (CAN)
December 6th Downhill / Ladies
December 7th Downhill / Ladies
December 8th Super G / Ladies

Beaver Creek (USA)
December 6th Super G / Men
December 7th Downhill / Men
December 8th Giant Slalom / Men

St. Moritz (SUI)
December 14th Super G/ Ladies
December 15th Parallel Slalom/ Ladies
Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 14th Giant Slalom / Men
December 15th Slalom / Men

Courchevel (FRA)
December 17th Giant Slalom / Ladies

December 20th Super G / Men
December 21st Downhill / Men

Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 21st Downhill / Ladies
December 22nd Super G / Ladies
December 22nd Alpine Combined / Ladies

Alta Badia (ITA)
December 22nd Giant Slalom / Men
December 23rd Parallel Giant Slalom / Men

Bormio (ITA)
December 28th Downhill / Men
December 29th Super-G / Men
December 29th Alpine Combined / Men

Lienz (AUT)
December 28th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 29th Slalom / Ladies

Zagreb / Sljeme (CRO)
January 4th Slalom / Ladies

Zagreb / Sljeme (CRO)
January 5th Slalom / Men

January 8th Slalom / Men

January 11th Downhill / Ladies
January 12th Super-G / Ladies
January 12th Alpine Combined / Ladies

Adelboden (SUI)
January 11th Giant Slalom / Men
January 12th Slalom / Men

Flachau (AUT)
January 14th Slalom / Ladies

Wengen (SUI)
January 17th Alpine Combined / Men
January 18th Downhill / Men
January 19th Slalom / Men

Sestriere (ITA)
January 18th Giant Slalom / Ladies
January 19th Parallel Giant Slalom / Ladies

Kitzbuehel (AUT)
January 24th Super G / Men
January 25th Downhill / Men
January 26th Slalom / Men

Bansko (BUL)
January 25th Downhill / Ladies
January 26th Super G / Ladies

Schladming (AUT)
January 28th Slalom / Men

February 1st Downhill / Ladies
February 2nd Super-G / Ladies

February 1st  Downhill / Men
February 2nd Giant Slalom / Men

February 8th Downhill / Ladies
February 9th Super-G / Ladies

Chamonix (FRA)
February 8th Slalom / Men
February 9th Parallel Giant Slalom / Men

Yanqing (CHN)
February 15th Downhill / Men
February 16th Super-G / Men

Maribor (SLO)
February 15th Giant Slalom / Ladies
February 16th  Slalom / Ladies

Crans Montana (SUI)
February 22nd Downhill / Ladies
February 23th Alpine Combined / Ladies

Niigata Yuzawa Naeba (JPN)
February 22nd Giant Slalom / Men
February 23rd  Slalom / Men

February 29th Super-G / Men
March 1st Alpine Combined / Men

La Thuile (ITA)
February 29th Super-G / Ladies
March 1st Alpine Combined / Ladies

Kvitfjell (NOR)
March 7thDownhill / Men
March 8th Super G / Men

March 7th Giant Slalom / Ladies
March 8th Slalom / Ladies

Are (SWE)
March 12th Parallel Slalom / Ladies
March 13th Giant Slalom / Ladies
March 14th Slalom / Ladies

Kranjska Gora (SLO)
March 14th Giant Slalom / Men
March 15th Slalom / Men

March 18th Downhill / Ladies & Men
March 19th Super G / Ladies & Men
March 20th Team Event / Mixed
March 21st Giant Slalom / Men
March 21st Slalom / Ladies
March 22nd Slalom  / Men
March 22nd Giant Slalom / Ladies