Last World Cup race before Sochi

Last World Cup race before Sochi

With the World Cup racers making their final preparations for Sochi, Frida Hansdotter of Sweden finally won her first World Cup in Slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, with a total time of 1:50:17 after finishing 9 times at in second place. Marlies Schild of Austria (and Benjamin Raich’s girlfriend) finished second with +0.05 from the leader, ahead of teammate Bernadette Schild in third with +0.15 off the lead.

Kranjska Gora Women’s Slalom World Cup top 10 results:

1          HANSDOTTER Frida (Sweden)                 1:50.17
2          SCHILD Marlies (Austria)                          1:50.22
3          SCHILD Bernadette (Austria)                    1:50.32
4          NOENS Nastasia (France)                         1:50.41
5          PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria (Sweden)       1:50.46
6          SWENN-LARSSON Anna (Sweden)           1:50.80
7          SHIFFRIN Mikaela (USA)                           1:50.89
8          COSTAZZA Chiara (Italy)                           1:50.93
9          HOLDENER Wendy (Switzerland)             1:50.97
9          STRACHOVA Sarka (Czech Republic)       1:50.97
11        HOSP Nicole (Austria)                               1:50.99

In the Men’s competition, Ted Ligety won the last World Cup race before the Olympic break picking up the giant slalom victory in St. Moritz, Switzerland. It was a difficult weekend for the athletes and organizers. Lots of fresh snow, fog and winds causing delays in today’s giant slalom and forcing the cancellation of yesterday’s downhill. Ted Ligety claimed victory by an impressive margin of 1.51 seconds. Marcel Hirscher of Austria finished in second place, while Alexis Pinturault of France took third, 1.69 seconds behind Ligety.

St. Moritz Men’s GS World Cup top 10 results:

1          LIGETY Ted (USA)                                    2:38.75
2          HIRSCHER Marcel (Austria)                      2:40.26
3          PINTURAULT Alexis (France)                   2:40.44
4         OLSSON Matts (Sweden)                           2:41.43
5         SCHOERGHOFER Philipp (Austria)             2:41.55
6         NANI Roberto (Italy)                                  2:41.99
7         MUFFAT-JEANDET Victor (France)            2:42.03
8         DOPFER Fritz (Germany)                           2:42.11
9         HAUGEN Leif Kristian (Norway)                2:42.58
10       FANARA Thomas (France)                         2:42.71

Now the racers will pack their bags and head to the biggest event of the season, the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The first Alpine Skiing medal will be handed out on February 9, when the men’s downhill kicks off the alpine events at the Rosa Khutor ski area.

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