On the Snow – FIS World Cup round up and much more news

All FIS disciplines were in action last weekend despite adverse weather conditions, across Europe, leading to changes to many competition schedules.

Cross-Country

Toblach (ITA) hosted the FIS Cross-Country World Cup presented by Viessmann with an individual sprint on Saturday and a team sprint on Sunday.

Natalia Matveeva (RUS) and Sindre Bjoernestad Skar (NOR) won the 1.3 km free technique sprints on Saturday, both in photo finishes.

On the second day, Russia and Canada were victorious in the team sprint competitions. Natalia Matveeva (RUS) claimed the win in the final meters just 0.04 seconds ahead of Sweden 1 as she had done the day before. In the men’s competition it was a last minute decision by Canada to enter a team for the sprint event that turned into the nation’s first-ever World Cup team sprint victory.

Ski Jumping

One week after his triumph at the 4-Hills-Tournament, Kamil Stoch (POL) won both FIS Ski Jumping World Cups in Wisla (POL). After his win on Saturday, Stoch was unbeatable in front of his home crowd also in Sunday's competition.

Meanwhile the ladies were in Sapporo (JPN) with local hero Yuki Ito winning her first World Cup individual competition in front of more than 3,000 spectators. Maren Lundby (NOR) won the second competition on Sunday, ahead of Ito and Katharina Althaus (GER).

Nordic Combined

There is no beating Eric Frenzel (GER) these days. The 28-year-old German claimed his fifth and sixth season victories in Val di Fiemme (ITA), on Friday and Sunday in the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup presented by Viessmann.

On Saturday however, in the Team Sprint event, Norway took the first, and only non-German, victory of the season. Espen Andersen enjoyed his debut on top of the podium together with teammate Jørgen Graabak.

Alpine Skiing

Swiss skier Niels Hintermann won Friday's Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine combined on home snow in Wengen. After lying in 23rd position from the slalom run, Hintermann was able to exploit the favourable weather and snow conditions during the downhill to claim his first World Cup victory.

Heavy snowfall prevented the Organisers from holding the traditional Lauberhorn downhill on Saturday, but on Sunday the weather was kinder and allowed a fantastic show on the original Wengen slalom hill. After ripping the first run, Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen was able to hold on to his lead and won his 13th career slalom.

For the ladies, a wild week of weather in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee (AUT) finally gave way for racing on Sunday as the speed athletes were able to hold both a downhill training run and race on the same day. A relative newcomer, Austrian Christine Scheyer, skied away with the victory wearing bib 25. Tina Weirather (LIE) and another first-timer, Jacqueline Wiles (USA) rounded out the podium.

Freestyle Skiing

The first event of a big Freestyle Skiing World Cup weekend in Lake Placid (USA) took place on the famed Whiteface Mountain moguls pitch in frigid conditions on Friday with Britteny Cox (AUS) and Dmitriy Reiherd (KAZ) both scoring their second career victories.



A fantastic couple days of freestyle skiing wrapped up on Saturday, as the long-time FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup venue saw USA’s Ashley Caldwell claim victory in ladies’ aerials and local Mac Bohonnon finish runner-up to the great Anton Kushnir (BLR) in the men’s competition.

Also on Saturday, for the second day in a row, the weather was the major player at the first slopestyle World Cup of the season in Font Romeu (FRA). In the abbreviated competition it was Tess Ledeux (FRA) and McRae Williams (USA) who claimed the wins..

After several delays and setbacks due to windy, snowy, and foggy weather conditions in Watles (ITA), the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup finally got down to business with Sandra Naeslund (SWE) claiming the first victory of her ski cross career in ladies’ competition and Armin Neiderer (SUI) winning his first World Cup in over four years.

The second of thee weekend competitions saw Marielle Thompson (CAN) and Alex Fiva (SUI) emerging triumphant from a pair of thrilling finals.

Snowboard

Last Wednesday, alpine snowboard athletes were in action in Bad Gastein (AUT) with the season's first parallel slalom team event.

Team Austria with Daniela Ulbing and Benjamin Karl claimed victory under a bluebird sky after several thrilling head-to-head duels.

On Saturday, the first slopestyle World Cup competition of the season, staged on the 2015 World Championship slope in Kreischberg (AUT), saw Anna Gasser (AUT) and Mons Roisland (NOR) earning victory.

Today both the ladies and the men are in action in Laax (SUI) for the second slopestyle World Cup competition of the season.