Skiing and Biathlon 2017/18

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Skiing and Biathlon 2017/18

Post by Bleausardv2 on Wed 18 Oct 2017 - 12:37

Well, almost time for the "winter" ski season to start, with biathlon a little later - looking forward to seeing who is still in the various teams!

Meanwhile - what might be the first injury of the season! From the FIS site - During slalom training in Pitztal, Austria, on 22 October, Slovenian World Cup star Ilka Stuhec suffered a severe knee injury following a fall. The 2016/17 World Cup title winner in downhill and alpine combined and runner-up in the overall and super-G standings sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee during a crash while training on the glacier.  Stuhec will undergo surgery on Wednesday, 25 October, and more information about her condition and rehabilitation will be available after that time.
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Sölden Giant Slaloms - 28/29 October

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 28 Oct 2017 - 13:05

Sölden – Women’s GS (Saturday 28 Oct):
Run 1: Well. The FIS season is away – joined run 1 a little late; seems this is a testing start to the season – windy and conditions are getting more unfriendly as time goes on!  They have lowered the start gate because of the weather, but the event is on. Sadly Ilka Stuhec’s recent injury seems to have been worse than originally thought and she will be out for the whole season.  With 20 or so away, Manuela Mölgg leads by 0.12 from Mikaela Shiffrin with Viki Rebensburg in third; 4 DNFs, including Lara Gut, back from injury. Later starters not having the best of conditions but good to see Norwegian rising star Kristin Lysdahl get into 8th position. Now, Alex Tilley is going number 30 – wind still increasing and she joins the DNFs after missing a gate. Another TV break, and now it’s Lindsey Vonn (apparently only confirmed 48 hours ago!?) – slight surprise to see her here, but she did win this event in 2011; commentators very excited but Vonn is into 26th – might not get a second run? As Eurosport coverage ends it’s Mölgg leading from Shiffrin and Rebensburg with Sara Hector in 4th, ahead of Tina Weirather and Tessa Worley. Watching the FIS feed I can see Lindsey Vonn slipping down the list of finishers – no second run today for her. Good effort by Estelle Alphand (SWE) who started number 53 and got into 21st!
Run 2: Well, Shiffrin reckons conditions aren’t too bad, and the commentators have reported that things are actually looking better! Some good camera work as we wait for the run to  start; that’s quite a steep looking course! Right, Elena Curtoni is away, and run 2 has started – course set by a Swiss coach; tight and turny! Good run from Asa Ando (JPN) to take the lead – she’ll get her first World Cup points today! That really was good from Laura Pirovano (ITA) – nearly a second faster than Ando. The early starters are making the most of the new course – Bernadette Schild takes over the lead. Now, Estelle Alphand (daughter of Luc) – from the commentary it seems she went through the French ski training system but was apparently badly treated so, with Dad’s approval, she now skis for Sweden – the country of her mother; and she’s into second place too! First ten down – Schild leads from Alphand and Taina Barioz; Irene Curtoni goes into joint 2nd, tied with Alphand.  Nice run from Petra Vlhova, but she lost a bit of time lower down – into 4th. Ricarda Haaser (AUT) lost a lot of her 0.64 (?) advantage early on, but built slightly on the lower section to take the lead by just 0.08. Elisabeth Kappaurer into third, so Austria have the podium to themselves at present! Not for long, however – Wendy Holdener stays green all the way, increasing her advantage from inter 1 to take the lead; Tina Robnik (SLO) into 2nd. That’s 20 down – Holdener leads from Robnik and Haaser – fastest 10 from run 1 to come. Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR) into 2nd; Stephanie Brunner is flying on the upper section, increasing her advantage – lost a little later but she takes the lead – Austria back in the lead. Kristin Lysdahl has made a slight error but she’s into 4th even so, which should be a PB finish for her, no matter what happens next! Melanie Meillard has fallen, but she is up again and seems OK. Tessa Worley is gaining time at the intermediate points, and she takes over the lead. Tina Weirather next, but she’s losing time and now she’s missed a gate – DNF. Sara Hector into the red by inter 1, and she isn’t going to be on the podium today. Vikki Rebensburg has lost a bit of her advantage by inter 1, but from then on she’s got the green light all the way – into the lead by 0.14. Now, here comes Mikaela Shiffrin – an error before inter 1 has lost her time – good recovery but the damage has been done; into 4th. Just Manuela Mölgg who, in her final season, has yet to win a World Cup race – she’s lost time at inter 1 and she’s into the red at inter 2 – alas, it’s third! So, Vikki Rebensburg (GER) wins the first race of the new season, ahead of Tessa Worley (FRA) with Manuela Mölgg (ITA) in third. Stephanie Brunner in 4th, ahead of Shiffrin and Holdener; nice to see Kristin Lysdahl in 8th today.

The Men's GS should have been on 29 October, but the weather intervened! This is the statement from the FIS website: "It’s almost becoming a pattern in Sölden. In the past few years, the opening ladies giant slalom on Saturday could be held under sunny skies, while the men’s Tour had to face challenging conditions on Sunday. And 2017 is no different. Except that this time, the wind storm was extremely powerful, with wind gusts up to 120 km/h have been measured at the Pitztaler weather station, close to the Rettenbach Glacier. This makes it impossible to hold a safe World Cup event. Therefore, the jury decided to cancel the race.

“The local authority, the organising committee and the race jury came together at 05h30 this morning to evaluate the situation on the glacier. At first, we decided to stand by and delay the final decision to 6h45. However, the situation didn’t improve and according to the updated forecast the wind gusts will get even stronger and the safety can no longer be guaranteed. Safety comes first, we had no other choice than to cancel,” said FIS Chief Race Director Markus Waldner.

As per World Cup rule 18.1, the World Cup Opening races which have to be cancelled during the Opening are not rescheduled, so there will be one less giant slalom on the men’s calendar 2017/18. The World Cup Tour will go on in November, with a ladies’ and a men’s slalom on 11th and 12th in Levi."
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Levi - Slaloms 11/12 November

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sat 11 Nov 2017 - 20:37

Levi – Women’s slalom: Out today so I missed the live coverage and had to watch the highlights! After the rather technical run 1, set by an Austrian coach (not that it helped some of them), Mikaela Shiffrin was in the lead, with Petra Vlhova second (+0.21), and Frida Hansdotter third (+0.73); Alex Tilley didn’t complete run 1. Quite a lot of coverage of run 1 in the highlights, which surely could have been condensed a bit? Course seemed to hold up well though; nice to see Stephanie Brunner (AUT) get a second run having started number 53 and getting 13th in run 1! For the second run, the mist at the top of the course was a bit worse and it was windier too – luckily not like Sölden though! Good run from Mina Fuerst Holtmann (NOR), who started number 51; she’s put in a good run this time as well. Great run from Melanie Meillard (SUI) to take the lead from Steph Brunner with 10 racers left. Anna Swenn-Larsson (SWE) into 2nd; I think we missed a few, then Wendy Holdener (SUI) took the lead by over a second! Frida Hansdotter (SWE) couldn’t match Wendy – into 2nd with 2 to go. Now Petra Vlhova (SVK), who beat Shiffrin in the final slalom race of last season – right on the limit and she’s increasing her advantage – she takes the lead; just Mikaela to go. Shiffrin is away – lost a bit from inter 1 to inter 2 and the light is red by inter 3. Petra Vlhova wins the first slalom of this new season, ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin and Wendy Holdener.  Hansdotter in 4th ahead of Meillard and Lena Dürr (GER); Brunner ended up 8th and Holtmann 13th. Men tomorrow, if the weather behaves – rumour has it that Hirscher is back from injury?

FIS report is HERE

Levi – Men’s slalom: Well, looking at the start list, Marcel Hirscher is listed at start number 2 – I wonder how fit and in practice he is after that broken ankle? Henrik Kristoffersen goes number 6 and Dave Ryding at 9. Weather looks a bit grim – quite foggy at the top and it’s snowing; Michael Matt (AUT) is first away, and the men’s season has begun! Hirscher is away and going for it – green all the way; he lost a little on the lower section but he leads at present. Course set by an Italian coach, but it didn’t suit Stefano Gross, who goes into 3rd. Felix Neureuther (GER) is much more in touch and he leads by 0.32; good run! Manfred Mölgg (ITA) was fine to inter 2, but then lost time – into 4th, and now it’s Kristoffersen – he is also good to inter 2, quite red by inter 3 but a good lower section gets him into 2nd, 0.04 behind Felix. Massive error from Alex Khoroshilov (RUS) – will he even get a second run? A good recovery from an early error gets Daniel Yule (SUI) into 5th; now it’s Dave Ryding (GBR) – green at inter 2, red at 3 but green at the finish – he leads by 0.14! Fritz Dopfer also back from injury – he’s 8th at present; with 10 down it’s Ryding leading from Neureuther and Kristoffersen, then Hirscher, Matt and Yule. No change to the top 6 at present – best of the next group so far was Hargin (SWE) into 7th – that’s even better, Andre Myhrer (SWE) into 5th. TV break, and then Marco Schwarz (SUI) – he goes 6th, just 0.62 behind – all quite close. Now into the 20s; Leif Kristian Haugen (NOR) has managed 8th; Thaler (ITA) is the first DNF and it’s time for another TV break. Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (NOR) next to go and it’s good – into 7th, but then very little to worry the top 6 until Dave Chodounsky (USA), who was well in touch until inter 3, then lost a bit and went 15th – even so just +0.84 so run 2 looks as though it will be exciting! Hang on – David Ketterer (GER, number 31) is only +0.05 at inter 2 – sadly he’s skied out, but that looked interesting. Even better – Reto Schmidiger (SUI, number 37) has just skied into 6th, +0.61 – sadly I only had the ticker running so no video! Quite a few of the later start numbers are going well until inter 2 but the next section is really sorting them out! Run 1 over – Ryding leads from Neureuther, Henrik K, Hirscher, Myhrer and Schmidiger.
Run 2: Apparently it’s getting warmer, so today the snow might not hold up for the later starters? Still a bit foggy with light snow; course set by an Austrian coach – not as fast but maybe more technical than run 1? That’s the first 5 of the top 30 down – Jean-Baptiste Grange (FRA) has the early lead. Another Frenchman, Victor Muffat-Jeandet, into 2nd, by just 0.01, and then Fritz Dopfer into 3rd. Marc Digruber’s coach set this course, but it seems to be a bit too technical and Marc has straddled! Ah, Loic Meillard (SUI) has taken the lead, but Manuel Feller (AUT) is building on his initial advantage, - 0.61 at inter 3 but he’s missed a gate almost at the finish! His coach is not going to be happy! Floodlights on; Manny Mölgg (ITA) green all the way to inter 3, but drops to 2nd on the final stretch. Half way through and it’s Meillard from Mölgg and Grange. Alexis Pinturault (FRA) started well, but lost a little lower down – into 2nd, +0.17. Luca Aerni (SUI) is gaining time nicely to inter 3; bit slower to the finish but it’s enough to take over the lead; Switzerland 1 and 2. Next is Mattias Hargin SWE) – gaining to inter 2, but just red at 3 – he’s gained time on the flat though and he leads with 11 to go. Daniel Yule (SUI) was red all the way but only just and he moves into 2nd; good final section. Just 8 to go; Hargin, Aerni and Yule on the provisional podium. No changes yet, but Andre Myhrer is green all the way through inter 3 – he’s done a Feller though; DNF with just 4 gates to go. Marcel Hirscher started well, but he’s drifting into the red as he loses strength – 15th at present. Henrik Kristoffersen is green all the way, and he takes the lead by 0.08; Felix Neureuther has just 0.04 in hand as he starts his run – he’s building on that and has 0.43 by inter 3 – lovely run and he leads by 0.37. So, pressure on Dave Ryding, who has 0.14 advantage as he starts his second run – he too is gaining time; 0.51 advantage by inter 2 but he’s out – so close too. Felix Neureuther wins from Kristoffersen and Hargin; Luca Aerni in 4th ahead of Yule and Meillard. Exciting stuff.
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