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Post by Bleausardv2 on Fri 25 Oct 2019, 3:40 pm

Well, a new season already!

The 2019/20 Alpine season starts at Sölden, with the Ladies Giant Slalom – the start list says that Petra Vlhova will be first away, ahead of Wendy Holdener, Tessa Worley and Mikaela Shiffrin! There are 66 on the start list, including Alex Tilley at number 29. Nick and Finlay are back – the piste is apparently in great condition and the weather looks good too! Course set by a German coach I think; Petra Vlhova is away – ye gods that course is steep in places! That looks like a pretty physical course, and with a good bit of altitude too – Wendy Holdener is away and red at intermediate 1; she’s red all the way and ends up +0.60 for run 1. Tessa Worley is slightly red at 1, but she’s green at 2 and 0.29 ahead at 3 – into the lead, 0.23 faster than Petra – Nick is going to be hoarse by run 2 at this rate! Mikaela Shiffrin is next and she’s over a second faster by inter 2; she looks amazingly relaxed and it’s working well – she finishes 1.24 ahead! Vikki Rebensburg into a slightly disappointing 4th, only to be pushed down a place as Federica Brignone goes 2nd! Kristin Lysdahl had a little stumble near the start and she’s fallen later, just as the course goes into shadow – first DNF of the season, but she seems OK. Now Alice Robinson, from New Zealand – she’s a former junior champion, and she’s in the green at inter 1! She’s really in touch here – just +0.03 at the last intermediate and into 2nd, +0.14 – amazing stuff! The course is getting a little bumpy but it didn’t seem to worry Alice – ten away now, and Shiffrin (USA) leads from Robinson (NZ; +0.14), Brignone (ITA; +0.86), Worley (FRA; +1.24) and Vlhova (SVK; +1.47). That’s a neat run from Meta Hrovat (SLO) – into 4th, +0.95; Stjernesund (NOR) goes 7th. Sara Hector (SWE) into 9th, and that’s 15 away. Now, there are a few ruts building up – can any of the next 15 get into the top 10, I wonder? Bernadette Schild (AUT) has made a good try – she’s into 10th! Now, Mina Fuerst Holtmann (NOR) is looking good – she’s gaining places at each intermediate point, and she ends up in 5th, +1.06 – that’s a good result for her, and she’s looking deservedly pleased with it. Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI) into 14th; Francesca Marsaglia (ITA) is going well – into 9th, +1.84. Meanwhile, Estelle Alphand (SWE) is green at inter 1; she’s still in touch at inter 3 but then she had a big error – no second run, surely, after that? Sadly Alex Tilley has lost a bit of time on the steep section and has gone 23rd, +2.97 – will she get a 2nd run? That’s the end of Eurosport coverage for run 1 – no change to the top 10 since Marsaglia went into 9th. Looks as though Alex Tilley will just get a second run – in fact she’ll be first away!
Run 2: A straighter course, according to the team (although it doesn’t necessarily look it), set by a Swede I think – Alex Tilley is away and safely down, although Roberta Melesi (ITA) has already gone 0.76 faster despite an error as the steep bit starts – that was nice skiing. Franziska Gritsch (AUT) is even quicker, to the delight of the local fans. Ramona Siebenhofer (AUT) is perhaps better known as a downhill racer, but she’s into 2nd; only briefly though as Maria Therese Tviberg (NOR) has just taken over the lead. That’s the first 10 away – Tviberg still leads, from Gritsch and Siebenhofer and they are holding on well! Michelle Gisin (SUI) had a fairly nice advantage of 0.44 at inter 1 but it’s drifted off a little – she’s into 3rd though. Half way break – Tviberg (start number 58!) leads from Gritsch and Gisin. First away after the break is Lara Gut-Behrami – a couple errors but she’s into 3rd; Wendy Holdener has gained a bit to inter 1, but then it’s going red – just 7th after a very impressive start. Much the same for Marta Bassino (ITA), who has lost all her advantage and ends up 7th. Bernadette Schild has 0.58 in hand, but she’s out – looked a bit nasty and the race is interrupted; it looks like she will be taken off the mountain by helo – possibly an ACL injury? Race is back on – Sara Hector is first after the interruption but she’s off the pace and into 10th. Vikki Rebensburg has started well but she is also losing time and is into the red at inter 3 – she’s just 8th! Tviberg still leads as the snow warms a little – that’s going to be a really impressive PB for her no matter what happens. Marsaglia is also well off the pace – not sure what happened to her? Now, Petra Vlhova has 1.07 in hand at the start, 0.95 left at inter 1 but she’s in the red at 2 as well and ends up 9th – this is all very odd! The only suggestion seems to be that the snow conditions have changed quite significantly? Tessa Worley next with 1.30 at the start – she is losing time, but she has kept it green all the way – she takes the lead but only by 0.67. Just 5 to go – Holtmann has gone into 2nd; Norway now 2nd and 3rd. Meta Hrovat has fallen on the final flat section – seems OK though. Federica Brignone next away and she’s into 3rd; two to go – Alice Robinson has a massive 1.10 in hand; she’s losing a bit of it, but she’s skiing the course well – she leads by 0.36! Pressure? What pressure!? Mikaela Shiffrin away – and she’s just in the red at inter 2; it’s 0.18 red at 3 – she’s recovered a little on the final section but she’s second by 0.06! Now, there’s a surprise – some consolation for the rugby!! Alice Robinson is apparently the youngest winner here – she takes the win from Shiffrin and Worley with Tviberg ending up 6th.

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Alpine Skiing and Biathlon 2019/20 Empty Sölden - Giant Slalom (Men) - 27 Oct

Post by Bleausardv2 on Sun 27 Oct 2019, 3:15 pm

27 Oct 18: Sölden, Giant Slalom Men, Run 1 – Of course, no Marcel Hirscher today as he announced his retirement earlier this year, probably to the immense relief of Henrik Kristoffersen, who is first away today! Nice to actually have the men racing here after weather problems in past years! The course for run 1 has been set by a Norwegian coach and it’s apparently got a lot of cross piste swing! Right - the race is on, the first of 45 for the men this season. Kristoffersen (NOR) is down, and that looked good – conditions are pretty perfect too with compact but not that icy snow. Now, that’s interesting – Zan Kranjec (SLO) has made an error but he’s gone well into the green despite that – he leads by 0.46! Marco Odermatt (SUI) was red at inter 2 and 3, but he’s sensational on the final section to go 0.01 ahead! What a recovery! Fourth away is Matts Olsson (SWE) – he’s green at inter 1 and 2 but then it’s drifting into the red – he’s 3rd, +0.14. Next away is Alexis Pinturault – very fast to inter 1 and 0.66 ahead at 2; he’s lost a little lower down but he’s still fast – he leads by 0.33. Loic Meillard into 5th; Tommy Ford into joint 6th, with Kristoffersen – that’s a surprise. So is watching Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen (NOR, and that’s the last time I type his full name this season) being off the pace and ending up 9th of 9, +1.28 – Norwegians not as fast as expected today? That’s 10 away – Pinturault leads from Odermatt and Kranjec. Manuel Feller (AUT) next – he might not be here for run 2 if his wife goes into labour, but he’s going well on run 1 – into 5th. Mathieu Faivre (FRA) is bib 13 – he’s really well in touch – just fractionally in the red but fast enough to go 2nd, just 0.02 behind his compatriot! Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA) won’t be joining them on the potential podium – just 14th. Fifteen away, Pinturault leads from Faivre and Odermatt. Break over and it’s nice to see Ted Ligety (USA) here again – he’s into 10th. No changes to the top 10 for a while but then it’s Erik Read (CAN, bib 25), on new skis – he’s into 5th! That’s good news for the later starters and Stefan Brennsteiner (AUT, bib 26) has following Read by going 7th. That’s the end of Eurosport coverage for run 1 – no changes to the top 10 since Brennsteiner, but there are 71 starters! Charlie Raposo (GBR) won’t be getting a second run – in 40th after his run and ended up 43rd. Run 1 over and no late changes to the top 10.
Run 2:  Interesting comment by Ted Ligety, about the lower section now being more mushy as the sun has been on it; let’s see, as the sun is now moving behind the mountain. Run 2 is away, course set by a German coach, with Roland Leitinger (AUT, bib 53!) the first away – safely down. He’s held off a couple but Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR, nice to see him here) is green at inter 1 – but it’s drifted into the red; he’s 2nd – some points for the overall? Here’s another downhill racer – Matthias Mayer (AUT) and he takes the lead! The steep section is now very much in shadow, and it seems to be catching a few people out? That’s a good run from the 19 year old Lucas Braathen (NOR) – he’s gained time and leads by 0.71 – that looked good! Gino Caviezel (SUI) into 2nd – good result given he’s coming back from a knee injury. Ten away – Braathen leads from Caviezel and Mayer. Ryan Cochran-Siegle (USA) into 3rd; Luca de Aliprandini (ITA) has got himself into 2nd – Leif K N-H was gaining time on the lower section but it’s gone again and he’s 4th. That’s half way – Braathen leads from de Aliprandini and Caviezel and the piste is beginning to cut up. Here comes Ted Ligety, he’s lost a bit from inter 1 to 2, pulled some back to 3, and he takes over the lead by 0.01! Next away is Henrik Kristoffersen, and he’s just drifting into the red at inter 1 – he’s made a big error; great recovery but it cost time – into 10th. Tommy Ford (USA) is doing better – gaining time to inter 3 – he’s lost a bit of it, but that was good enough to lead by 0.39! Eight to go; Manu Feller is still here, so his wife must be still waiting! It’s good but he’s into 8th and away to the hospital! He’s done better than poor Stefan Brennsteiner though, who is out at  “that” tricky gate. Matts Olsson has made a couple big errors and he’s lost too much time – into 12th. Erik Read has gained time to inter 1, but he’s slipping back into the red at 2 – he’s into 4th. Zan Kranjec is keeping in the green, by various amounts, all the way down – great run and he’s into the lead by just 0.07! Now, Marco Odermatt has just 0.01 in hand at the start – he’s gained a little to inter 1, but then it’s an error – expensive as regards time and he drops to 11th. Just the French to come – Mathieu Faivre has just dipped into the red at 2, and he’s still there at 3 – brilliant final section though and he leads by 0.09! So, just Alexis Pinturault to go, with just 0.02 in hand – he’s gaining time all the way to inter 3, where he’s 0.56 ahead – that was a lovely run and he deservedly takes the opening GS win of the new season! Faivre in 2nd, ahead of Kranjec, Ford, Ligety and Braathen. What a race!
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