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FIS World Cup highlights
While Snowboard was in World Championship mode, the previous weekend saw some great competitions in the other FIS disciplines across Russia, Austria, Slovenia and Canada.
Ski Flying returns to Vikersund
In front of an ecstatic crowd, Robert Kranjec from Slovenia flew to his first season victory in the FIS Ski Flying World Cup presented by Viessmann on 27th January in Vikersund (NOR), where he became World Champion the previous year. In the first competition on the world’s largest hill, Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer, 4-hills tournament champion and current World Cup leader claimed his indivudal World Cup victory number 46 and now ties for the all-time record of Matti Nykänen (FIN).
Germany atop in Nordic Combined move above Alpine
In the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup presented by Viessmann on 26th and 27th January in Klingenthal (AUT), Germany’s Eric Frenzel continued his winning streak by scoring his fourth individual victory in a row. His teammate Tino Edelmann came in second in both competitions, while 27th January even saw a full German sweep with Johannes Rydzek, completing the podium.
Frenzel is now leading the current World Cup ranking in front of three-time World Cup champion Jason Lamy-Chappuis (FRA).
Alpine Skiing: Fantastic Showdowns in Moscow, Maribor and Kitzbuehel
Excitement was at the top of the scale in the Russian capital when Austria's skiing ace Marcel Hirscher and Germany's surprise winner Lena Duerr were crowned champions of the night in a tight head-to-head parallel slalom battle on 29th January. Hirscher is having another incredible season and has scored a podium finish in all the Audi FIS Ski World Cup slalom races so far, while Duerr took home her first ever World Cup victory.
On 27th January, the atmosphere was immense in the snow arena of Maribor (SLO), when home star Tina Maze clinched the slalom win in front of 20’000 cheering fans. The day before, Maze claimed the season’s giant slalom globe although US star Lindsey Vonn took the win and her third career giant slalom victory, just 0.08 ahead.
On the men’s side, after never making it to the podium in the prestigious Kitzbuehel (AUT) World Cup, Marcel Hirscher finally claimed the slalom victory there on 27th January.
In a thrilling race on a bluebird day, another youngster, Dominik Paris (ITA) wrote his name into the history books of the legends to win the circuit’s most renowned event, the classic Streif downhill. After Bormio (ITA) in December, it was Paris’ second World Cup victory of the season.
On Friday, 25th January, Aksel Lund Svindal stormed to victory in the super-G race, his first on the Hahnenkamm slope, and now boasts three wins in the four World Cup super-Gs and currently trails Hirscher by 114 points in the overall rankings. The Kitzbuehel combined went to Ivica Kostelic (CRO), for the fourth time in a row.
Canadian weekend in Freestyle Skiing
On a steep, challenging Canada Olympic Park course, the home team produced a dominating performance, with Canadian athletes taking two first place finishes and one runner-up at the FIS Freestyle moguls World Cup in Calgary on 26th January.
The Dufour-Lapointe sisters were able to thrill the home town fans with the youngest family member, Justine taking her first season victory ahead of her older sister Chloe.
For the men, 20-year-old Canadian ace Mikael Kingsbury scored his third season triumph and remains the unrivalled leader of the men’s World Cup tour.
To stay tuned on the FIS World Cup action as it happens this week, visit the FIS discipline websites: