What an exciting race! The level of this giant slalom on the O.K course in Val d’Isère (replacement of Beaver Creek) was extremely high and the scenario with a fired up local French team very exciting. In the end, it’s a maiden victory for Mathieu Faivre, who climbs on the highest step of the podium between both standings leaders Marcel Hirscher (2nd +0.49) and Alexis Pinturault (3rd +1.11).
Traditionally Val d’Isère hosts a tech week-end on „La Face“ in December, but this year, in addition to the so called „Criterium de la Première Neige“, the French resort took over the cancelled races from Beaver Creek and is holding one more giant slalom on the “O.K.” course in “La Daille”.
The first downhill of the season was held under amazing conditions on the „O.K.“ course in Val d’Isère. Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud topped the field to took his second win in two days, as Peter Fill (2nd +0.26) and Aksel Lund Svindal (3rd +0.33) rounded out the podium.
This Friday 2nd December marks the day of the introduction of the new starting order, with a super-g held on the “O.K.” course in Val d’Isère, and as often on historical premieres, Kjetil Jansrud is to be found at the very top of the ranking. He is followed by his teammate Aksel Lund Svinal in second and Italy’s Dominik Paris in third.
In the same time that international ski racing is actively celebrating the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the World Cup tour, members of Val d’Isère’s renowned Club des Sports are also looking back with emotion to December 1966 - when French racers steamed down for the first time the newly built ‘OK’ downhill course situated at nearby La Daille in occasion of the 12th edition of the now legendary ‘Critérium de la Première Neige’ that has been opening the World Cup season for so many years until a few decades ago.
Confidence is building up for the athletes that are completing their second downhill training on the O.K. slope in La Daille, Val d’Isère. Canadian Erik Guay is topping the field, followed by Peter Fill and Kjetil Jansrud.