It has been another thrilling Audi FIS Ski World Cup season with 74 races at 29 different venues, ending with the Finals in Aspen (USA), where Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) grabbed her first overall title, while Marcel Hirscher (AUT) wrote history by becoming the first athlete to win the overall globe six times in a row.
The season was also marked by the 50-year anniversary of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. Among many celebrations organised by local Organising Committees, on 4th January 2017, Zagreb (CRO) put together an outstanding 50th birthday celebration in the city centre, bringing together the greatest World Cup Overall champions and representatives from every FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Organising Committee.
New this season
Two new Organisers made their debut on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour: Killington (Vermont, USA) hosted the ladies’ technical events and Kronplatz (ITA) debuted as a new venue for ladies’ giant slalom.
Meanwhile, a new starting order was introduced for the speed disciplines. The Top 10 athletes chose their start number from the even numbers between 1 and 19. Tactics became important, and in the post-season analysis it could be seen that fairness was respected as racers ended at the very top of the podium with almost all available numbers.
Mikaela Shiffrin took home her first crystal globe at only 22 years of age. While she clearly dominated the tech disciplines which saw her take home her fourth slalom crystal globe in five years, she also made a good step forward in the speed disciplines where she claimed fourth place in super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA).
Six overall globes in a row is a feat that has never been achieved before and “one that holds at least six years” as Marcel Hirscher, Audi FIS Ski World Cup champion 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, said. The 28-year-old Austrian had another incredibly strong season including 16 podiums, of which six were wins.
Ilka Stuhec (SLO) and Sofia Goggia (ITA) were the true sensations of the 2016/17 season with Goggia ending up in second and Stuhec in third place in the overall rankings. Together, they claimed 26 podiums (Stuhec 13 podiums, 7 wins; Goggia 13 podiums, 2 wins). Stuhec capped off her dream season by taking home the downhill and alpine combined crystal globes.
On the men’s side, most top spots were claimed by World Cup regulars, while a number of athletes claimed maiden podiums. The one that established himself among the best is slalom whiz Michael Matt (AUT) who finished on the podium in Levi (FIN) and Aspen (USA) and won the slalom in Kransjka Gora (SLO). He ended in fifth place in the final slalom standings.
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