Only three globes defined after last speed races before the Finals

06 March 2013 11:36
Maze in action
Maze in action -
FIS

There are four races left, a Slalom and a Giant Slalom for both the ladies (Ofterschwang) and the men (Kranjska Gora) before the season enters its last stretch into the Finals week.

Last weekend the speed skiers had their last chance to earn their spots in the Finals and 25 of the best ladies and men in Super G and Downhill will be competing for a last set of points at the Finals in Lenzerheide.

Even though Tina Maze secured the Overall title an impressive nine races before the end of the season, and the Giant Slalom one with 238 points ahead of Kathrin Zettel, the other titles up for grabs on the ladies Tour are far from defined yet and anything can happen before the season wraps up.

Going into the Finals injured Lindsey Vonn is still leading the Downhill standings, with 340 points she is currently just one point ahead of Tina Maze, 68 points ahead of Maria Hoefl-Riesch who is currently third, and 96 points ahead of teammate Stacy Cook. Even though mathematically possible for any of these ladies to take home the Downhill title, numbers would have to play mean tricks on Tina Maze for her to fail adding this globe to her collection. The top 25 athletes on this list, the Downhill Junior World Champion Jennifer Piot from France and any athlete with more than 500 points collected this season will be eligible to race the Downhill in Lenzerheide.

In Super G there are only two contenders for the title, Maze who is leading the standings and Julia Mancuso who needs to score 55 or more points, with Maze not scoring any, in order to win the Super G title. The top 25 athletes on this list, the Downhill Junior World Champion Stephanie Venier from Austria and any athlete with more than 500 points collected this season will be eligible to race the Super G in Lenzerheide.

On the men’s side, with his victory in the Kvitfjell Super G, Aksel Lund Svindal secured the discipline title. He will be going into the finals with 231 points more than Matteo Marsaglia and 252 points more than Matthias Mayer in second and third. The top 25 athletes on this list, the Super G Junior World Champion Thomas Mayrpeter from Austria and any athlete with more than 500 points collected this season will be eligible to race the Super G in Lenzerheide.

In Downhill things are somewhat more open, with four skiers still in a possible run for the title. Aksel Lund Svindal is coming into the final Downhill of the season with a 58 points advantage over defending champion Klaus Kroell, 61 points over Kitzbuehel winner Dominik Paris and 69 points over Christof Innerhofer. This means that in the case of Svindal not scoring any points in his final race, Kroell still would need at least a third place while Paris and Innerhofer would need at least a second place to possibly win the discipline title. The top 25 athletes on this list, the Downhill Junior World Champion Nils Mani from Switzerland and any athlete with more than 500 points collected this season will be eligible to race the Super G in Lenzerheide.

The first event scheduled in Lenzerheide is the ladies' Downhill training on Monday 11th March.