European Cup: Early season leads for Siebenhofer & Hargin

22 December 2012 16:43
Ramona Siebenhofer
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The FIS European Cup tours in Alpine Skiing are currently also enjoying well-deserved Christmas breaks, after the final 2012 events in Crans-Montana (ladies) and St Moritz (men) in Switzerland just before the Holidays. 
In the ladies Cup, exactly a third of the scheduled 39 races have been organised. The current rankings are led by Austrian 21-year-old Ramona Siebenhofer who has amassed five podiums across three different events (GS, SG, SC) and a total of 569 points. Italy's 20-year-old Sofia Goggia, who finished 3rd overall last season, is sitting in 2nd place with 495 points, just 6 points ahead of France's 18-sear-old Romane Miradoli. Siebenhofer is currently leading the GS, SG and SC rankings while her teammate Cornelia Huetter heads the DH rankings and Slovakian 17-year-old Petra Vlhova sits atop of the slalom rankings.
The ladies EC will continue in the New Year in Zinal and Melchsee-Frutt in Switzerland with more tech events before moving to St Anton (AUT) for a speed week following the ladies World Cup races at the same venue.

In the men's European Cup, after 11/42 events including just two speed races so far (DH/SG 1 each), the lead is held by the Swedish World Cup slalom racer Mattias Hargin followed by teammate Calle Lindh and Norwegian 18-year-old defending junior GS world champion 2012 Henrik Kristoffersen in 3rd place. Hargin has 356 points, all from slalom and parallel slalom, whilst Lindh has collected 268 points of which 190 in GS races. The GS ranking meanwhile is led by Frenchman Thomas Frey ahead of Russian Stepan Zuev. In downhill the Austrians currently have a five-fold lead thanks to dominating performance in the season's first race and in the SG standings too after the opening event Austrian racers have 3 of the top 5 spots.

The men's European Cup continues on 3rd-4th January in Chamonix (FRA) with two slalom races, before a downhill week in Wengen as a dress rehearsal for the Lauberhorn Races that are set for 18-20th January and a second DH week at Innsbruck's Patscherkofel (AUT). 
To get ready for the season's first World Cup City Event in Munich enjoy the highlights of the Kronplatz men's EC parallel race here: