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Recent FIS News
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Eight FIS World Cup tours in action
It was a major FIS World Cup weekend last weekend, with eight FIS World Cup tours in full action.
The FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann returned to the Italian city of Milan after a break of 14 years. On Saturday, 25,000 spectators came to Parco Sempione to witness the maiden individual World Cup victory of Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE). In the men's race Eirik Brandsdal (NOR) bested the field. Ingemarsdotter also won in the team sprint as part of the victorious Swedish team ahead of USA which scored a historic first team podium together with the Canadians who took third whilst Russia won the men's competition.
The Bauhaus FIS Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann continued on the ski flying hill of Kulm-Bad Mitterndorf (AUT). After Saturday's competition had to be cancelled due to strong, gusty winds and snowfall, Sunday saw two competitions held. The first event was decided after one round and the victory went to Slovene Robert Kranjec. In the second competition in the afternoon Anders Bardal of Norway claimed victory ahead of Daiki Ito (JPN) who showed the weekend's longest jumps. After total domination during the Four-Hills-Tournament, only one Austrian, Thomas Morgenstern, managed a podium finish last weekend. His teammate Andreas Kofler however continues to lead the overall World Cup rankings with Bardal rising to 3rd thanks to two podium finishes at Kulm.
On the ladies' side, the female jumpers staged their pre-World Championship competitions in Val di Fiemme (ITA) where Sarah Hendrickson (USA) continued her winning ways. She scored already her fourth victory in five competitions and now leads the overall World Cup rankings by 156 points over Daniela Iraschko (AUT).
Meanwhile, the DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup visited Chaux-Neuve (FRA) for a long weekend of three competitions. Italy's Alessandro Pittin (ITA) made history not only by claiming the first World Cup win for his country but by taking three World Cup victories in as many days. More than 20'000 spectators attended the weekend's events. The DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup will continue with three competitions in Val di Fiemme from 3rd-5th February.
The men's tour in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup also made its mark in the record books at the 82nd edition of the Lauberhorn Races in Wengen (SUI) by setting a new spectator record of 66'000 over the three days of racing, with 4'000 more than last year. The crowd had much to celebrate as local hero Beat Feuz triumphed in the downhill on home snow, after taking 2nd in Friday's super combined. Friday's and Sunday's winner was the same, Ivica Kostelic, who now shares the record of total and most consecutive slalom wins in Wengen with ski legend Ingemar Stenmark.
Under bluebird skies and bright sunshine in Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA), the ladies tour saw the return of World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn (USA) on top of the podium in Sunday's super-G. She now ranks 3rd on the ladies' all-time list of career World Cup victories. On Saturday, Daniela Merighetti scored her career's first World Cup win at 30 years of age in front of the home crowd and against the backdrop of the beautiful Dolomites.
The FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup was spread across two continents as the mogul skiers continued their season with a dual competition and aerials launched their season in Mt Gabriel (CAN) whilst the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup continued with two competitions in Alpe d'Huez and Les Contamines, France. After the fourth and fifth season competitions, the Swiss have the ski cross World Cup rankings under control with Sanna Lüdi leading the ladies' and Alex Fiva the men's standings. In moguls, Hannah Kearney (USA) and Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) completed their season hat tricks, with Kearney extending her winning streak to ten competitions back-to-back. The aerials events saw two first time winners with Russian Pavel Krotov winning the men's and Olga Volkova of the Ukraine the ladies competition. It was the first time the new super final format was used at this level of competition where the top four jumpers from finals jump again to determine the order of the podium.
The LG Snowboard World Cup resumed in 2012 with two days of parallel slalom in Austria, in Jauerling and Bad Gastein, marking Jauerling's World Cup debut. After the two competitions, Switzerland's Patrizia Kummer extended her World Cup lead to 740 over teammate Fraenzi Maegert-Kohli (2,900). On the men's side, Roland Fischnaller (ITA) took over the parallel World Cup leader's seat. Benjamin Karl (AUT, 4,020) ranks second, a mere 110 points behind.