This year’s World Cup ski racing calendar will be seen by many as the build-up to the Olympics, and more eyes will be on ski racing in South Korea than at any other time in the winter. There has been plenty of excitement on the World Cup circuit too. While familiar names have dominated the technical events, the speed disciplines are wide open with many racers in contention for a crystal globe or Olympic medal.
The last World Cup roundup took us up to the return of the tour to Europe, with the Criterium de la Premiere Neige about to start in Val d’Isere. The event opened on Saturday 9th December with a challenging GS down the Face de Bellevard, which was won by Frenchman Alexis Pinterault on home snow. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher lost time hitting a blue gate too hard in the second run but still took third place, with Stefan Luitz of Germany just beating him to come second. Hirscher was back in winning form for Sunday’s slalom, beating two Scandinavians, Norway’s Henrik Kristofferson and Sweden’s André Myhrer to take first place.