On the Snow – Further successful Test Events in PyeongChang
As part of PyeongChang 2018’s extensive test event programme for the Olympic Winter Games, competitions in Ski Jumping, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding are currently underway at the future Olympic venues.
In the ladies’ Ski Jumping competition on 15th February 2017, Japanese Yuki Ito earned her first FIS World Cup victory ahead of teammate Sara Takanashi. Ema Klinec of Slovenia landed in third place. With her second place finish, Takanashi already secured the crystal globe for the overall World Cup.
On the men’s side, the first competition saw Stefan Kraft (AUT) winning ahead of Andreas Wellinger (GER) and Kamil Stoch (POL).
Before moving to South Korea, the men’s FIS Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann stopped in Sapporo (JPN) last weekend for two individual competitions.
Maciej Kot (POL) and Peter Prevc (SLO) tied for first in Saturday's competition, both scoring a total of 260.2 points. Kamil Stoch won the second competition on the following day and celebrated his 21st win in the World Cup with a strong final jump.
Meanwhile the ladies were in action in Ljubno (SLO), where Maren Lundby (NOR) won the first competition, taking her fourth win this season.
The ladies’ Ski Jumping weekend presented by Viessmann ended with a historic result on Sunday. For the first time, one nation swept the podium with Germany’s Katharina Althaus earning her first World Cup victory, followed by Carina Vogt in second and Svenja Würth in third.
It seemed like there is no end to the German domination of the Nordic Combined World Cup. On Friday, it was veteran Björn Kircheisen who stepped up and narrowly beat Akito Watabe (JPN) on home ground in Sapporo.
On Saturday however, Watabe finally ended the German victory series of season 2016/17 and claimed his long awaited home victory. The Japanese was able to celebrate in front of his crowd, finishing four seconds ahead of Tim Hug (SUI), who earned his first career podium.
Last weekend’s Olympic test event World Cup competitions in Bokwang Phoenix Park (KOR) saw Xu Mengtao (CHN) lead a ladies’ sweep of the podium for China and Anton Kushnir (BLR) take his third victory of the season in the men’s aerials competition.
World Cup leaders Britt Cox (AUS) and Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) were successful on the following day in the moguls competition, both taking the wins in the second test event and furthering their hold atop their respective leader boards.
The Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup Tour stopped in Idre Fjall (SWE) last weekend. On Saturday morning under blue skies Sandra Naeslund (SWE) and Alex Fiva (SUI) won the ladies’ and men’s competitions. Canada dominated on Sunday with Marielle Thompson and Brady Leman both taking top spots in their respective races.
Quebec City (CAN) hosted the Freestyle World Cup ski big air on Saturday. In the ladies' competition Mathilde Gremaud led the Swiss podium sweep with Giulia Tanno finishing second and Sarah Hoefflin ending up third.
On the men’s side, Kai Mahler (SUI) stomped exact the same tricks that got him the win in the first city big air stop in Milan in November, and once again secured the spot on top of the podium.
The Swiss squad had reason to celebrate as Gremaud and Mahler took home the overall Super Series win. The Super Series was launched this season as part of the FIS big air World Cup tours to crown the best free skiers and riders. It consisted of stops in Milan (ITA), Moenchengladbach (GER) and Quebec City.
Finally, the slopestyle competition in Quebec saw Johanne Killi (NOR) and Andri Ragettli (SUI) taking home big victories on Sunday.
The parallel giant slalom test event for the upcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games took place on Sunday and saw Alena Zavarzina (RUS) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) claim victories after several breath-taking duels.
With perfect conditions on the 560 metre-long course which had all the ingredients for a superb show, including steep parts, natural rollers as well as flat sections and a total of 26 parallel flagged gates, everything was set for the athletes’ first taste of what to expect next February.
Michela Moioli (ITA) and Pierre Vaultier (FRA) claimed victory in the first event of the back-to-back Snowboard Cross World Cup races staged in Feldberg (GER) last weekend.
On the following day, Eva Samkova (CZE) and Alex Pullin (AUS) topped the podium in this season's fifth snowboard cross race. It was the first triumph for Pullin in the current World Cup season on a perfectly shaped course on the Seebuck slope and in front of a stellar crowd.
Anna Gasser (AUT) and Mark McMorris (CAN) claimed victory in the 2016/17 Snowboard Freestyle World Cup season's sixth and final big air event which was staged in Quebec City (CAN) together with Freestyle Skiing.
Both riders also took home the discipline's crystal globe – the careers first for both – as well as the win in the Super Series.
The penultimate slopestyle World Cup event of the season, staged in Stoneham Mountain Resort (CAN), saw Julia Marino (USA) and Sebastien Toutant (CAN) earning impressive victories on Sunday.