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Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Finals time
After 11 races held in five countries on either side of the Pacific over the course of the last four months, still nothing has been decided in either the men's or the ladies' race for the Audi FIS World Cup Ski Cross crystal globe.
On both the men's and the ladies' sides just about anything can happen as we head into the final two races of the season, to be held in one of the world's great amphitheaters, under the watchful gaze of the Eiger, in Grindelwald, Switzerland, on March 10th and 11th.
At the moment, two Canadians sit on precarious leads in the World Cup standings - Brady Leman for the men and Marielle Thompson for the ladies - but on both sides there at least five skiers within striking distance of the title.
For the ladies, it's the French legend Ophelie David sitting a mere ten points back from Thompson, while the surging Swiss local, Katrin Mueller is lying 3rd in the rankings, some 75 points back from David.
On the men's side, things are even tighter, with the ever-consistent Alex Fiva trailing Leman by a mere 7-point margin. Behind Fiva, the red-hot Filip Flisar of Slovenia is in the midst of a charge that could very well see him holding the globe at the end of the weekend, his 382 points only 43 shy of Leman and top spot.
And lest anyone forget about the always-dangerous Austrians, as both men's powerhouse Andreas Matt and the steadily improving Andrea Limbacher are waiting in the wings, just one or two strong races away from a dark horse run at the title.
If there's anything we know about ski cross, it's that anything can happen, and that if anything can happen in ski cross, it probably will. Last week in Branäs, Chris Del Bosco collided with teammate Nic Zoricic in their semi-final heat, relegating Del Bosco to 9th place when a strong top-8 showing would have had him right back in the crystal globe mix. And then there's Limbacher, who sits now in 5th overall despite missing out on valuable points by skiing out in her quarter final run in Branäs to put herself in 13th position.
Every race and every placing matters. This weekend in Grindelwald, it matters the most.
At the bottom of this weekend's course, the great grandstand erected to hold the race's spectators is dwarfed on all sides by the massive Swiss Alps rising out of the valley. There could perhaps be no better stage for the Audi FIS World Cup Ski Cross season's drama to come to a head.
Contributed by Chad Buchholz