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.

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