On the Snow: 2016/17 Crystal Globe Winners

An exciting week of competitions finished with most disciplines staging the final events of the 2016/17 FIS World Cup season and awarding the crystal globes.

Cross-Country: Weng and Sundby win overall globes

Already before the final events of the Cross Country World Cup presented by Viessmann in Quebec City (CAN), Norway’s Heidi Weng and Martin Johnsrud Sundby secured the overall crystal globes. However, the race for the small globe in sprint was still open.

On Friday in Quebec City, Stina Nilsson (SWE) and Alex Harvey (CAN) won the final sprint competitions of the season. Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR), who finished second in the race, clinched her second consecutive overall World Cup sprint crystal globe.

The battle for the men's sprint globe was decided in the men’s semi-final when both Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway and Italy's Federico Pellegrino did not advance to the final round. Pellegrino needed 38 points to overtake Klaebo and only managed to pull to within six points, making Klaebo the youngest ever sprint crystal globe winner.

In the distance races, Marit Bjoergen (NOR) continued her unbeaten streak in classic technique races this season by winning the mass start 10 km by just 0.6 seconds over teammate Weng.

On the men’s side, Klaebo won his first ever World Cup distance competition with a great performance in the 15 km mass start competition.

In the final event on Sunday which decided the winners of the Quebec ‘mini-tour’, Bjoergen and her teammate Weng began the final day of the season separated by only one second and then finished the ladies’ 10 km pursuit only 1.2 seconds apart with Bjoergen winning. In the men’s competition Klaebo continued his impressive season winning the men’s 15 km pursuit and the mini-tour in a photo finish over Alex Harvey (CAN).

Ski Jumping

Norway staged the first edition of the Raw Air series as part of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann, which featured six competitions (four individual, two team) in Oslo, Lillehammer, Trondheim and Vikersund.

After fifth, first and third place in Oslo and Lillehammer last week, Kraft won the competition in Trondheim on Thursday with jumps of 138 m and 142.5 m ahead of Andreas Stjernen (NOR) and Andreas Wellinger (GER). It was the tenth career World Cup win for Stefan Kraft and the sixth of this season.

Saturday’s team competition in Vikersund (NOR) was an extremely exciting event. On the world's largest ski flying hill, local hero Robert Johansson was the first to set a new world record with 252 m. Only a few minutes later there was another record jump: Stefan Kraft landed an outstanding 253.5 m jump.
With the two world records, many flights over 240 m and personal bests, the triumph of the Norwegian team for the first time this winter almost became a side note. Daniel Andre Tande, Robert Johansson, Johann Andre Forfang and Andreas Stjernen took the win for Norway with 1572.6 points.

Kamil Stoch (POL) won Sunday's Ski Flying event on the "Monsterbakken" in Vikersund. In a breath-taking competition, Stoch had jumps of 238.5 m and 237 m (466.6 points) and claimed victory ahead of Noriaki Kasai (JPN) and Michael Hayboeck (AUT). It was the 22nd World Cup win for Stoch.

After the event in Vikersund, Stefan Kraft was crowned as the first winner of the Raw Air series. With 2298.1 points, he finished closely ahead of Stoch (2272.6) and Wellinger (2251.3).

The FIS Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann will hold its season finals in Planica (SLO) from 23rd-26th March.

Nordic Combined: Frenzel claims fifth consecutive globe

On home soil in Schonach (GER), Eric Frenzel earned a double victory and secured his fifth consecutive overall globe ahead of teammate Johannes Rydzek

Earlier in the week, Frenzel claimed valuable World Cup points with victory in Trondheim (NOR) , reclaiming the yellow bib from Rydzek (GER).

On Saturday in Schonach, Frenzel won the last World Cup competition of the season. In a dramatic finish that had rival Rydzek crashing going into the final stretch, Frenzel took the win and 100 World Cup points, a performance he repeated on the final day of competition on Sunday.

Alpine Skiing: Shiffrin and Hirscher take overall globes

After 73 races in 13 different countries, the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup season came to an end in Aspen (USA) which played host to five days of exciting action.

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) claimed her first career overall World Cup title while Marcel Hirscher (AUT) wrote Alpine Skiing history by winning the overall globe for the sixth consecutive time.

The finals kicked off with downhill competitions on Wednesday. On the men’s side, the Italian team had much to celebrate as Dominik Paris won the last race of the season and his teammate Peter Fill claimed his second consecutive discipline crystal globe, edging out Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud by just 23 points in the final standings.

In the ladies' downhill, Ilka Stuhec (SLO) won both the race and her career first discipline title by a convincing 137 points over Sofia Goggia (ITA), who finished third in the race.

Bright sunshine and warm temperatures attracted thousands of spectators for the second race day in Aspen, where super-G races were held on Thursday. On the ladies side, Tina Weirather (LIE) claimed both the race win and the discipline globe, while Hannes Reichelt (AUT) was the fastest of the day on the men’s side and Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) collected his third career crystal globe in super-G.

In Saturday’s ladies slalom, Petra Vlhova (SVK) held onto her first-run lead to claim her first race victory this season. Mikaela Shiffrin, who had already secured the slalom globe, finished in second place on the day.

The men’s giant slalom saw Marcel Hirscher win his third race in a row to cap off the season where he held onto the discipline title, despite advances from a number of competitors.

On the final day of World Cup racing in the 2016/17 season, Federica Brignone led an Italian podium sweep in the giant slalom, as she was joined on the podium by Sofia Goggia in second and Marta Bassino in third. With a fifth-place finish, Tessa Worley earned her career-first giant slalom globe.

In a repeat performance from last season's finals, Andre Myhrer (SWE) took victory in the last slalom of the year for his first podium finish since St. Moritz in 2016. Felix Neureuther (GER) skied a blistering second run to move from sixth into second place. Michael Matt (AUT) held on for the final podium spot in third.

Meanwhile, Hirscher, who finished fourth in the season’s last slalom, collected his fourth career slalom globe.

The Nations Cup saw the ladies’ team globe going to Italy, while Austria earned the men’s globe in addition to the overall team title.

Snowboard: Ledecka and Promegger with overall globes

Direct on the heels of the World Championships in Sierra Nevada (ESP), the FIS alpine snowboard World Cup tour moved onto Winterberg (GER) for its season finals.

While the last parallel slalom was won by Sabine Schoeffmann (AUT) and Stefan Baumeister (GER), Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) capped off their incredible seasons by claiming the alpine snowboard overall World Cup titles.

The small globe for the parallel slalom was awarded to Daniela Ulbing (AUT) and Aaron March (ITA) while Alena Zavarzina (RUS) and Radoslav Yankov (BUL) claimed the globe in parallel giant slalom.

The finals in Winterberg concluded with an exciting parallel slalom team event which was dominated by Italy’s Nadya Ochner and Aaron March. 

The FIS Snowboard World Cup season will conclude this upcoming weekend with men’s and ladies big air competitions in Oslo (NOR).