On the Snow: Champions of Tour de Ski and Four-Hills Tournament

It was a busy weekend for all FIS disciplines, with the final stages of both the FIS Tour de Ski and the 4-Hills-Tournament taking centre stage.

Cross-Country

The ladies’ Tour de Ski was a tight race throughout the entire ten days and in the end it was Heidi Weng (NOR) winning the 11th edition of the FIS Tour de Ski. To do so she recorded the fastest time of the day on Sunday in the 9km Pursuit to edge Krista Parmakoski (FIN) by 1:37.0 and Sweden’s Stina Nilsson by 1:54.4 on the final Tour de Ski podium.

Among the men, it was a completely different story as Sergey Ustiugov (RUS) made history by becoming the only man to win five consecutive stages on the Tour. In the end, Ustiugov impressively won five of the seven stages – also a record for the Tour – and finished with a 1:02.9 minute lead over Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby. Dario Cologna (SUI) rounded out the men’s Tour podium.

Ski Jumping

The grand finale of the 65th edition of the FIS World Cup 4-Hills-Tournament in Bischofshofen (AUT) on Friday was sensational as double Olympic champion Kamil Stoch (POL) won the last event, which ultimately pushed him to the overall title of this year’s 4-Hills.

It was one of the most competitive 4-Hill Tournaments in recent memory as the lead constantly changed between a tightly packed leader group. Stoch’s teammate Piotr Zyla took second place with the podium rounded out by Norwegian Daniel Andre Tande.

Sarah Takanashi (JPN) continued her dominance of the FIS ladies’ Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann winning both of the competitions on the big hill in Oberstdorf (GER). Takanashi already leads the overall standings by more than 200 points.

Nordic Combined

German superstar Eric Frenzel continued his winning streak from 2016 also in 2017 and took the victory in the first of two Individual Gundersen events in Lahti (FIN) on Saturday. The German team continued its dominance with Fabian Riessle stepping up to take the win on Sunday and earning his fourth career victory.

Meanwhile, Harrachov (CZE) welcomed 102 participations from 13 nations to the FIS Nordic Combined Youth Cup last weekend. The competitions in Harrachov continued the youth series that started with four summer events in Vuokatti (FIN) and Oberstdorf (GER) and will conclude in Trondheim (NOR) in March 2017. Click here for a competition report.

Alpine Skiing

Last Thursday the men were in action in Zagreb (CRO) with a slalom race that was staged in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. After eight years without a win, Manfred Moelgg (ITA) claimed victory ahead of Felix Neureuther and Henrik Kristoffersen under the lights and under stormy, windy conditions.

The Audi FIS Ski World Cup then moved directly onto Adelboden (SUI) for the first of the January Classic weekends. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) won the giant slalom after an exciting second run where he beat his main competition, Marcel Hirscher (AUT) by a mere 0.04 seconds.

On Sunday, Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) was in a league of his own in the slalom as he won by an impressive +1.83 seconds margin. It was the largest margin of victory in slalom since 2002.

The Audi FIS Ski World Cup ladies’ tour was in action in Maribor (SLO), where Tessa Worley (FRA) started 2017 back on the top step of the giant slalom podium and now leads the standings in the discipline.

On Sunday, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) claimed her 27th career World Cup victory. After finishing fourth in Saturday's giant slalom race, Shiffrin earned this year's Golden Fox award after winning it also in 2015.

The last slalom race before the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz took place on Tuesday night in Flachau (AUT). Frida Hansdotter (SWE) had a great first run and kept that lead in the second run, beating Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), who finished in third place. 

Snowboard

Moscow (RUS) played host to the last FIS World Cup big air of the 2016-17 season staged in the Krylatskoye Sports Centre. Katie Ormerod (GBR) and Vlad Khadarin (RUS) claimed their career-first victories. The duo also wrote history as the first ever British and Russian to win a FIS World Cup big air competition.

The second parallel slalom of the 2016-17 World Cup alpine snowboard season was staged on Tuesday under the lights in Bad Gastein (AUT). Victory went to Daniela Ulbing (AUT) and Christoph Mick (ITA), giving both racers the lead in the race for the PSL World Cup title. At press time, Alpine Snowboard Parallel Slalom Team Event in Bad Gastein (AUT) was just about to get underway.