On the Snow: Alpine and Freestyle Skiing in action
Alpine Skiing

The ladies’ Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour was in action last weekend in Crans Montana (SUI) for two alpine combined races and a super-G.

On Friday, Federica Brignone of Italy took the first victory of the weekend, dominating the alpine combined. She was joined on the podium by Ilka Stuhec (SUI) in second and Michaela Kirchgasser (AUT) in third.

In the super-G race on Saturday, Stuhec added a second super-G victory to her season record. She claimed the convincing win 0.50 seconds ahead of Elena Curtoni (ITA) and 1.09 seconds faster than Stephanie Venier (AUT), who filled out the podium in second and third, respectively.

In the second alpine combined race, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) attacked from bib 31 to take her career-first victory in the event. Stuhec, secured the alpine combined crystal globe with a third-place finish on the day.

The ladies’ tour now moves on to Jeongseon, Korea for downhill and super-G races on 4th-5th March serving as Olympic Test Events.

In the men’s speed events in Kvitfjell (NOR), Slovenia’s Bostjan Kline claimed his first career World Cup victory on Friday in downhill.. Matthias Mayer (NOR) finished in second place and hometown hero Kjetil Jansrud in third.

On Saturday, Jansrud gave the Kvitfjell and Norwegian crowd what they were all hoping for as he took the downhill win ahead of Peter Fill (ITA) and  St. Moritz 2017 downhill World Champion Beat Feuz (SUI) in third. It was the first Norwegian victory in 20 years on the full-length downhill track.

On Sunday, Fill took his first win of the season and the first super-G win of his career ahead of Hannes Reichelt (AUT) and recently crowned super-G World Champion Erik Guay (CAN).

Freestyle Skiing

Returning from a two-week break after the FIS World Cup, Olympic Test Event in Phoenix Park (KOR), the aerialists were back last weekend in Minsk, Belarus with Lydia Lassila (AUS) and Xindi Wang (CHN) claiming victories. Lassila took her second win in 2017, following her great comeback on the World Cup circuit three years after her last appearance in international competition at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In the men's event, Xindi Wang led a podium sweep for China, with Guangpu Qi and Hang Zhou finishing second and third, respectively. Wang also scored his career-first World Cup win.

The first of back-to-back competitions at the moguls World Cup finals took to the newest venue on tour in Thawoo (CHN) for a single moguls competition on Saturday, where Perrine Laffont (FRA) and Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) claimed victories.

The second competition of the World Cup finals saw Britteny Cox (AUS) and again Mikael Kingsbury (CAN) taking impressive victories to seal their dominance on tour in 2016/2017 season.

For the sixth consecutive year Kingsbury was awarded with both moguls and FIS Freestyle Skiing overall World Cup crystal globe highlighting yet another record-breaking season for him.

On the ladies’ side, Cox was on point throughout the season, locking up the moguls crystal globe before finally making official her overall FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup win with her victory in China.

The Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup tour stopped in Sunny Valley (RUS), where both Marielle Thompson (CAN) in the ladies’ final and Arnaud Bovolenta (FRA) in the men’s competition claimed photo-finish victories.

The Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup now moves on to Blue Mountain (CAN) for the World Cup finals, with the last competition of this season set to take place on 5th March 2017.