Season 2012/13 a success
It has been almost a full week since the last races of the season took place in Lenzerheide after almost five months of exciting ski racing around the world. Only the best 25 in each discipline receive a ticket to compete in the Finals. The week was not off to a great start in Lenzerheide, with the weather refusing to cooperate and forcing the cancellation of all the ladies’ and men’s speed events. Luckily the final weekend of the World Cup season brought clear blue skies and an amazing atmosphere – the season wrapped up on a high note.
On the last day, as one of the highlights of the season, the overall champions were awarded their large globes. Tina Maze broke all kinds of records during her season, wrapping it up with a total of 11 victories and 24 podiums (in all five disciplines) and collecting 2414 points, an all-time record. She secured the overall title an impressive nine races before the end of the season and to make things sweeter she also won the last Giant Slalom race. Maze rounded up her collection by taking home both the Giant Slalom and Super G titles as well.
Going into the Finals it all seemed clear in the ladies’ Downhill standings - injured Lindsey Vonn was leading the standings just one point ahead of Maze. All the Slovenian had to do is score points in the final race, but as it got cancelled, Vonn won the title to Maze’s great disappointment. In Slalom it was again a battle between Maze and an American – young Mikaela Shiffrin pulled out an extraordinary performance in the last Slalom of the season, finishing first and with Maze in third she scored enough points to add the Slalom globe to her growing collection of astonishing results.
On the men’s side it had been a head to head battle for the overall throughout the season between technical specialist Marcel Hirscher and speed ace Aksel Lund Svindal. Eventually, with help from the weather forcing the cancellation of the final speed events and Svindal’s chance to catch up with Hirscher disappeared. The Austrian went on to secure the overall title for the second year in a row and in addition earned his first Slalom title. He had an impressive season, standing on the podium 18 times in Slalom and Giant Slalom, winning four Slaloms and one GS.
With six victories and two second places in Giant Slalom, Ted Ligety once again confirmed he was Mr. GS. He seemed to never miss a beat and deservingly took home his fourth GS title. With nine podiums, of which five victories, Svindal was the undisputable king of speed this season and went on to win both speed globes – he defended his 2012 Super-G one and won his first Downhill one ahead of last year’s champion Klaus Kroell. Svindal thus became the first Norwegian to take both the DH and SG globes in the same season.
With 218 days to go until the Season Opening race in Soelden, there is plenty of time to reminiscence about the one that just wrapped up. Go back in time and remember Soelden 2012 through this “Behind the Scenes” video!
For those who want to see all the standings, here is the link.