On the Snow: Crystal Globe Winners

Cross-Country

The FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann also staged its season finals, with the mini-tour in Falun (SWE), site of the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

Heidi Weng (NOR) repeated her accomplishment as the Overall season ladies’ winner while Johannes Klaebo (NOR) took the men’s Overall title for the first time in his young career.

In the mini-tour, Norway's Marit Bjoergen was the winner. She began the final stage 10 km pursuit in free technique with a 36 second lead over her nearest challenger and crossed the line with a 16.7 second advantage over the Jessica Diggins (USA).

On the men’s side, just one day after his first ever World Cup victory, Russia's Alexander Bolshunov won the whole mini tour.  He completed the three days of competition in a total of 1:13:40.3, which proved good enough for a 47.1 second margin of victory over Canada's Alex Harvey.  



Alpine Skiing

The 2017/18 Audi FIS Ski World Cup season is in the books after the season finals concluded in Are (SWE). In total, 12 crystal globes were handed out during the packed week, including the discipline globes in downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and alpine combined together with the Overall globes, which went for a record seventh consecutive time to Marcel Hirscher (AUT) and the second time in a row to Mikaela Shiffrin (USA).

Organisers battled tough conditions for much of the week as the region was blanketed in mid-winter conditions with strong winds, despite the calendar reading mid-March and springtime. In the end only the final day of competitions, the ladies giant slalom and men’s slalom had to be cancelled due to 90 km per hour gusts in the finish area.

For a complete list of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2017/2018 globe winners and recap of the Are action, click here.

Ski Jumping

The FIS Ski Jumping World Cup presented by Viessmann Raw Air tour throughout Norway came to an exciting conclusion with the Norwegian team of Robert Johansson (444.3 points), Andreas Stjernen (438.9 points) and Daniel Andre Tande (436.6 points) sweeping the podium in the Ski Flying competition in Vikersund. Despite the strong Norwegian performance on the final day of action, Poland’s Kamil Stoch (POL), took the well-deserved overall title of the Raw Air. His sixth place finish was enough for him to surge to the win.

The finish in Vikersund was also enough for Stoch to formally claim the Overall season title, ahead of one final weekend of action on the World Cup tour in Planica (SLO).

Nordic Combined

It was a busy week for the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup tour presented by Viessmann with two competitions over the weekend in Klingenthal (GER) on the heels of two mid-week competitions in Trondheim (NOR). The top athlete after the Olympics has clearly been Fabian Riessle (GER), who claimed three of the four victories up for grabs in the last 10 days. Eero Hirvonen (FIN) has also had a last-season surge has he taken two podiums, a second and third place in the last four competitions.

Freestyle Skiing

Sunday saw the 2017/18 moguls FIS World Cup season come to a close on the snowy slopes of Megeve (FRA), where Jaelin Kauf (USA) and Mikael Kingsbury took the final victories of the season in an exciting dual moguls competition. Kingsbury and Perrine Laffont (CAN) walked away the big winners of the season by taking the moguls crystal globes. 

Also in Megeve, it was a bit of ananti-climax to the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup season as Saturday’s final competition had to be cancelled due to the heavy snow. But there was still plenty to celebrate as Marc Bischofberger (SUI) and Sandra Naeslund (SWE) received the crystal globes as the Overall Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup season winners.

Caroline Clair (USA) and Nick Goepper (USA) took victories in the final FIS Freeski World Cup event of 2017/2018 in Seiser Alm (ITA), with Jennie-Lee Burmansson (SWE) and Andri Ragettli (SUI) wrapping up the season with the slopestyle crystal globes in hand after finishing tops in the overall ranking.

Snowboard

Michela Moioli (ITA) and Nate Holland (USA) claimed victory in the final snowboard cross FIS World Cup event in Veysonnaz, (SUI). 2018 Olympic Champion Moioli closed out the season with her fifth win in twelve races cementing her well-deserved Overall FIS World Cup title win in dominant fashion edging out French duo, Chloe Trespeuch and Manon Petit Lenoir. Pierre Vaultier (FRA) earned the Overall title in convincing fashion.

The strong season for the French and Italian teams saw them claim the SBX team event titles. Nelly Moenne Loccoz and Chloe Trespeuch (FRA) took the Overall title with their fourth consecutive win, while a fourth-place finish on the day was enough for Emanuel Perathoner and Omar Visintin (ITA) to secure their crystal globes.

Seiser Alm (ITA) hosted the slopestyle FIS World Cup finals where history was made as Sofya Fedorova not only earned her career-first Overall title, but also became the first female snowboarder from Russia to win a slopestyle World Cup event and the discipline title. On the men’s side, Chris Corning (USA) took home the win on the day as well as the slopestyle FIS World Cup title after an exciting competition on Italian soil.



The parallel FIS Snowboard World Cup season also came to a close last weekend as Winterberg (GER) hosted the last PSL events of the season.

Roland Fischnaller (ITA) was able to clinch his career's third crystal globe winning the men's event ahead of Sebastian Kislinger (AUT) and Rok Marguc (SLO). Although Selina Joerg  (GER) earned her career second win, the 30-year-old came 10 points short of a first ever crystal globe as Ekaterina Tudegesheva (RUS) finished in fifth place, proving enough to secure her third career globe.