Kranjska Gora holds men's last technical events before Olympics
Kranjska Gora (SLO) passes snow control conditon review and will carry out two men's giant slaloms (one being the replacement for the cancelled GS of Adelboden) and one slalom as scheduled January 29 - 31.
The program for the races is as follows:
Friday, 29.01.2010 Giant Slalom, starting time 09:30/12:30 CET
Saturday, 30.01.2010 Giant Slalom, starting time 09:45/13:00 CET
Sunday, 31.01.2010 Slalom, starting time 09:45/13:00 CET
Review of 2009:
Last season's winner of the giant slalom was Ted Ligety followed by Swiss Didier Cuche and Italian Massimiliano Blardone. The US-American already scored an Olympic gold medal in the combined event in 2006 and hopes to add additional ones to his collection in the upcoming Vancouver Olympics.
Last year's slalom in Kranjska Gora saw Julien Lizeroux of France as a winner. The Frenchman has also been doing well this season in slalom with a third place finish in Zagreb and a victory some days ago in Adelboden. He is definitely also a force to reckon with at the Olympic Games in Vancouver. Behind Lizeroux, the Italian Giuliano Razzoli - this seasons's winner of Zagreb - placed second and the German Felix Neureuther placed third in 2009.
Kranjska Gora is only situated on 800 m above sea level but the snow usually stays relatively well at the foot of the Vitranc. The city centre is closed off to cars, which helps Kranjska Gora to keep its idyllic character. The Slovenian resort town is the center of activity of the Zgornjesavska Valley, and has developed into a major tourist and sports region, famed primarily for its World Cup competitions in Alpine Skiing and Ski Jumping on the giant ski-jumping hill in Planica.