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Alpine Skiing: Exciting Italian tour for men; Maze wins fourth GS in a row
Tuesday saw the first men's World Cup race held in Madonna di Campiglio since 2005 and witnessed Austria’s Marcel Hirscher cruise to a dominating victory in the slalom. The surprise of the day was Japan’s Naoki Yuasa who moved from 26th place in the first run into third position despite acute disc hernia pain.
Marcel Hirscher has now landed a podium in all seven technical events so far this season: four giant slaloms and two slaloms which equals the 21-year-old record held by Italian ski legend Alberto Tomba.
In Alta Badia on Sunday, the American Ted Ligety again skied in a different league and for the second time this season won a giant slalom by a margin greater than two seconds.
The Saslong downhill on Saturday in Val Gardena-Groeden (ITA) turned out to be a race for the history books. After postponing the race until the afternoon and several delays during the race due to difficult weather conditions, the American Steven Nyman took a stunning win, with bib number 39. Rok Perko from Slovenia and Canada’s Erik Guay came in second and third on the foggy, snowy downhill course in Val Gardena.
In Friday’s super-G, Aksel Lund Svindal continued his winning momentum. With the exception of the Val Gardena downhill in the remaining five speed events that have taken place to date this season, Svindal has either claimed first or second place, and thus showcasing his impressive speed skiing form.
Svindal is still leading the overall World Cup ranking with 614 points ahead of Hirscher (560) and Ligety (537).
The men’s tour will continue with a downhill event on 29th December in Bormio (ITA).
Tina Maze wins fourth giant slalom in a row
In the first ladies’ giant slalom event held in France’s Courchevel on Sunday, Tina Maze became the first lady in five years to win four consecutive races in giant slalom. With her win, she also takes the Slovenian record for most victories in a single season. Whilst Austrian Kathrin Zettel claimed already her fifth podium this season, the French skier Tessa Worley became the first French lady to take a podium in France since 1999.
Prior to Courchevel, Lara Gut gave the Swiss team a much needed first season victory, with teammate Nadja Kamer in third position, in the ladies’ downhill in Val d’Isère whilst a big story in the race was the main favourite Lindsey Vonn crashing out for the first time in six years in a downhill race. The super-G competition which was scheduled for 14th December was cancelled due to difficult weather and heavy snowfall.
On the ladies side, action will continue with a giant slalom and slalom race in Sweden’s Are on 19th and 20th December.
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