On the Snow: Alpine, Freestyle and Snowboard in action around the world

Alpine Skiing

After securing nine World Cup podiums and a World Championship bronze medal this winter, Sofia Goggia (ITA) earned her career first victory in downhill in Jeongseon (KOR) on Saturday. The competition was the official test event for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The following day, the Italian racer followed-up with a win in the super-G. For the second day in a row, she bested Lindsey Vonn (USA) by mere hundredths, and Ilka Stuhec (SLO) finished third on a challenging set with big turns and high speeds.

Meanwhile, the men were in Kranjska Gora (SLO) with two technical events. The 56th edition of the Pokal Vitranc kicked off on Saturday with the Audi FIS Ski World Cup giant slalom. Marcel Hirscher (AUT) was unbeatable and took everything that was on the table for him: claiming the giant slalom win, which secured both the overall and the giant slalom globes.

On Sunday, it was again Austria’s turn to celebrate in the slalom race with Michael Matt earning his first career World Cup win. The 23 year-old athlete was the one that handled the rainy conditions best and laid down a fantastic second run that no one after him was able to beat.

In Are (SWE), the world’s best juniors are in action at the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships. Today, 8th March, featured first medal competitions in downhill which were both won by USA with Alice Merryweather on the ladies’ side and Sam Morse claiming the men’s title.

Freestyle Skiing

Isabel Atkin (GBR) and Teal Harle (CAN) claimed victories at the 2016/17 ski slopestyle World Cup finals staged at Silvaplana's Corvatsch Park (SUI). The  crystal globes ware handed out to overall ski slopestyle FIS World Cup champions Sarah Hoefflin (SUI) and McRae Williams (USA).

The 2016/17 FIS Freestyle aerials World Cup season came to a close in spectacular fashion on Saturday night, with Lydia Lassila (AUS) and Zhou Hang (CHN) earning victories after a night of close competition. Xu Mengtao and Qi Guangpu topped off a resurgent year for the Nations Cup-winning Chinese aerials team earning the respective ladies’ and men’s crystal globes. 

Also the 2016/17 Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup season wrapped up on Sunday afternoon in Blue Mountain (CAN), with Marielle Thompson and Brady Leman celebrating victories in the finals in front of their home crowd.

The halfpipe World Cup season finished in Tignes (FRA) on Tuesday night with a spectacular race in front of a big crowd with Cassie Sharpe (CAN) and Alex Ferreria (USA) taking the wins in great fashion in the last race before the World Championships.

Marie Martinod and Kevin Rolland gave the huge French crowd a reason to go wild by winning the 2016/17 halfpipe World Cup titles and crystal globes.

Snowboard

Michela Moioli (ITA) and Pierre Vaultier (FRA) prevailed in the 2016/17 season's closing snowboard cross World Cup event which was staged in foggy conditions in La Molina (SPA) on Sunday.

Ester Ledecka (CZE) and Andreas Prommegger (AUT) came out victorious of the 2016-17 World Cup season's final PGS which was staged in Erciyes-Kayseri successfully repeating their last year's triumph on the Turkish volcano.