On the Snow
Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard
The FIS Freestyle Moguls World Cup got back to action for its first competitions of 2018 with Brittney Cox (AUS) and Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) claiming victory in the city where moguls made its Olympic debut 30 years ago in Calgary (CAN).
After scoring an 82.11 in her super final run she moved ahead of Perrine Laffont’s (FRA) score of 81.64 and Justine Dufour-Lapointe’s (CAN) 81.30, Cox now leads the overall mogul World Cup standings. For Kingsbury, it was his amazing 11th straight victory as the last time he finished below the top spot was one year ago, in Calgary.
The FIS Freestyle Aerials World Cup was in Moscow as the Russian capital provided a breathtaking backdrop for the competition, which took place on a 47-meter-tall scaffold ramp set up just outside Moscow’s city centre. Kiley McKinnon (USA) and Anton Kushnir (BLR) took top spots as the overall World Cup standings continue to change hands each week with a very balanced and competitive field.
In Snowboard, Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Nevin Galmarini (SUI) claimed the 2017/18 FIS Snowboard World Cup season's third parallel giant slalom which was staged at Lackenhof / Oetscher (AUT). Ledecka is unbeaten this season and is proving to be the big favourite for the crystal globe. On Sunday, the athletes took part in a mixed team parallel event, which the Austrians dominated as two of their three teams took the top two spots with Germany rounding out the podium. Claudia Riegler and Andreas Prommegger made up the winning Austrian team.
It was a double-double weekend on the men’s and ladies’ Audi FIS Ski World Cup tours as Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) and Marcel Hirscher (AUT) each earned back-to-back victories in Kranjska Gora (SLO) and Adelboden (AUT), respectively.
Hirscher started the week celebrating his 50th World Cup victory after topping the slalom field under the lights in Zagreb. Clearly, he didn’t spend much time celebrating the milestone. By the end of the week, he had increased his World Cup victory total to 52. Hirscher claimed the victory in Saturday’s giant slalom in front of an incredible record crowd of 31,000 in Adelboden who showed huge commitment to supporting the event, after a landslide had closed the road until the day before the race. The race proved to be a thrilling duel with Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, who was second behind Hirscher for the third consecutive race. On Sunday, Hirscher dominated the slalom taking his fourth win in a row.
Meanwhile in Kranjska Gora, who stepped in to host for Maribor due to a lack of snow, Mikaela Shiffrin celebrated a milestone of her own reaching 40 World Cup victories with her win in Sunday’s slalom. The win followed her triumph on Saturday in the giant slalom as she edged Tessa Worley by 0.31 seconds.
Shiffrin continued her unmatched streak on Tuesday evening, winning her 41st career World Cup title and her fifth victory in a row since the New Year under the lights in the Flachau (AUT) slalom.
She beat Austrian Bernadette Schild, who led after the first run, by 0.94 seconds. Sweden’s Friday Hansdotter earned her third podium of 2018 finishing 1.43 seconds off the pace.