Men's Slalom - Schladming (AUT)

Men’s Slalom – Schladming (AUT)

With yet another surprise in the most recent Super-G race for men, the athletes will travel to Schladming where they will face off against each other in the 27th overall race and 8th slalom race of the season. The last race of the season took place at the famous Kitzbühel, where we watched men competing in a downhill, slalom and super-G events from 25th January – 27th January. The most recent event was the Super-G race, which was the first Super-G race of 2019 and the first one since Bormio (December 29th).

In the Super-G race in Kitzbühel, we saw Josef Ferstl winning the 2nd race of his career. He celebrated his 2nd Super-G win on Saturday, which is a spectacular result for him. The reason being is that 40 years ago, his father Sepp Ferstl won the downhill race in Kitzbühel. Josef Ferstl finished the race 0.08s in front of Johan Clarey and 0.10s in front of Dominik Paris, who was considered a favourite to win here after winning in Bormio.

With Josef Ferstl finishing 1st, the German team managed to win at that venue twice in a row, after Thomas Dressen won the last season at the Streif. Johan Clarey who has not yet won a race in his career has added the 5th podium finish after finishing 2nd in the super-g. This is now the best result in the super-g discipline for him after finishing 4th in Val Gardena. Dominik Paris grabbed his 6th podium in his career in Kitzbühel, which also marked the 3rd podium in super-g this season for him. With a 3rd place finish, he is now 3rd in the Super-G standings, 3 points behind Matthias Mayer and 6 points behind Vincent Kriechmayr.

After the 3 races in Kitzbühel, men are now travelling to Schladming for the last race on Austrian snow this season. When we talk about slalom races, it’s only normal to think to yourself Marcel Hirscher will once again sweep his competition under the rug and cross the finish line with a huge margin in front of other athletes, however, he has not won the last 2 slalom races. In Wengen, he finished 3rd, while he was 2nd in Kitzbühel, 0.29s behind Clement Noel. While 3rd and 2nd place are not bad results, it’s far from what we are used to seeing from Hirscher, who prior to Wengen won all but one slalom race. Looking back at the last season, Hirscher just like this season finished 2nd in Kitzbühel and then went on to win in Schladming and Kranjska Gora. While this is just something that has happened, Marcel Hirscher has finished on the podium in Schladming in the last 3 seasons, so in that regard, it’s safe to say he is expected to finish high today as well. Now let’s check the favourites as well as our predictions for the upcoming slalom event.

Marcel Hirscher has won 11 of his last 15 slalom races in the World Cup but failed to win both of the last 2, instead, it was Clement Noel who was celebrating in Wengen and Kitzbühel. If Hirscher fails to win today, it will mark the first time he failed to win 3 consecutive slalom events since November 2017, when he did not win in 4 consecutive races. With no slalom wins since January 13th, Marcel Hirscher is still ranked 3rd amongst men looking at slalom wins. He is trailing Alberto Tomba (35) and Ingemar Stenmark (40) with his 31 World Cup slalom wins. As for his results at Schladming, he has won here twice; in 2012 and 2018. With 2 wins he is 3rd among men with the most wins at Schladming, trailing Henrik Kristoffersen (3) and Benjamin Raich (4).

Despite only 2 wins in his career, Clement Noel is deservingly among the favourites to win today. It would be hard to argue he is not capable of winning in Schladming after winning both Wengen and Kitzbühel slalom races. In Wengen, he finished 0.08s in front of Manuel Feller and 0.10s in front of Marcel Hirscher, while he finished 0.29s in front of Marcel Hirscher and 0.36s in front of his teammate Alexis Pinturault in Kitzbühel. If Clement Noel wins today, he would become the first Frenchman to win 3 consecutive World Cup slalom racers since Jean-Noel Augert (1971) Alain Penz (1970) and Patrick Russel (1970). With the domination of Hirscher in slalom events, the last man to win 3 consecutive slalom events other than Hirscher was Henrik Kristoffersen in 2016. With a podium finish in all of the last 3 slalom events; Adelboden 2nd, Wengen 1st and Kitzbühel 1st he is among only a few Frenchman who managed to finish on the podium in 3 or more consecutive events.

Henrik Kristoffersen alongside Benjamin Raich are the only 2 men who won 3 or more times at Schladming. Henrik Kristoffersen won here in 2014,2016 and 2017. While he was beaten by Marcel Hirscher last season, Kristoffersen still finished at a respectable 2nd place. As of now, the 3 wins at Schladming are Kristoffersen personal record among all ski resorts. This season, Kristoffersen stood on the podium in slalom races 3 times, however, failed to finish among the top 3 in the last 2 slalom races. In both Wengen and Kitzbühel, he finished 4th. As of now, he has 15 slalom wins to his name and is still seeking his 1st slalom win this season, which would see him equalling Marc Giradelli (16) at fourth place all-time among men.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Outright Marcel Hirscher 2.179 2.25 1 Unit Won
Men's Downhill - Kitzbühl (AUT)

Men’s Downhill – Kitzbühl (AUT)

The Streif. The most feared word in the alpine skiing world and for a good reason. As one of the most spectacular downhill races and without a doubt the most dangerous one, it brings a lot of deserved attention once it takes place in January each year. Fear and doubts have no place on this Austrian slope where only the best and the most fearless athletes succeed. With speeds that would get you a speeding ticket and conditions that come as close as it can get to extreme sports, this is without a doubt the one race no alpine skiing fan would want to miss and a milestone for all the “rookies” in the alpine skiing World Cup to finish.

The 24th race of men’s alpine skiing 2018/19 season is ahead of us which will also mark the 6th Downhill event this season. Men are travelling from Wengen where they competed in alpine combined, downhill and slalom events from 18th till 20th of January to Austria, more specifically Kitzbühl where the icy Streif is awaiting the best skiing athletes in the world.

Looking back at the last race, we saw a surprise at the top spot in Slalom race where stood no other than Clement Noel, who won in front of Manuel Feller and Marcel Hirscher by only a fraction of a second. This win for Clement Noel was the 1st win of his career and a huge accomplishment, with his best result to that date being a 2nd place finish in Adelboden slalom race only a week before. Manuel Feller who has finished on the podium 2 times in his career added the 3rd podium in Wengen, where he finished only 0.08s behind Clement Noel. This was also his 2nd podium this season after the 3rd place in Zagreb on January 6th. At the 3rd spot stood Marcel Hirscher who was 0.10s too slow for the French skier. This was the 2nd slalom event this season Hirscher failed to win. Nonetheless, he is still 176 points ahead of Daniel Yule in the Slalom standings with his 4 victories and a 3rd place in Wengen.

A day prior to the slalom event in Wengen men competed in a downhill race, which was won by Vincent Kriechmayr, followed by Beat Feuz (+0.14s) and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde at the 3rd place (+0.26s). As of now, Beat Feuz is leading the downhill standings with 340 points, followed by Vincent Kriechmayr (249 points) and Max Franz (222).

TRAINING REPORT

The 2nd and last training took place on 24th of January with many surprises. but first, let’s check how the skiers performed in the 1st training run on 22nd January. The first training which took place on 22nd January, which was the day skiers had to try out the legendary Streif for the first time this season. Matthias Mayer, the 2 times Olympic champion was the skier who performed the best on that day, setting a winning time of 1:57:44, which is a surprising result, especially if we take into consideration he has crashed in the alpine combined race and failed to finish the downhill race in Wengen. As of now, Mayer is 15th in the downhill standings, but with the performance like he showed on that day he surely deserves to be higher up. Benjamin Thomsen finished 2nd, which was an impressive run from this Canadian races who sits at the 14th spot in the downhill standings as of today. At the 3rd place, we saw another Austrian skier, Daniel Danklmaier. Despite good weather on the first training day, the second one was moved to January 24th due to a bad weather forecast. On the 2nd training day, Hannes Reichelt finished the race with the fastest time. His good performance is that much more impressive due to the fact he has suffered a career-ending crash in 2016 on this course. Despite that, he went down the course without any fear and which paid off for him. Finishing the training at the 2nd place we saw Matteo Marsaglia who ended the training 0.23s behind Reichelt. At the 3rd place, we saw the skier who is among the racers most likely to win tomorrow, Dominik Paris. The 2-time winner of downhill at Kitzbűhl finished the first training 4th on the 1st day and 3rd on the 2nd training day which is a promising result going into the race day, after winning the Bormio downhill race and finishing 3rd in Lake Louise this season.

Each of the venues has its own personality, but no other can match the Streif in Kitzbühl. Described as many skiers as scary, raw and challenging there are only a few people in the world that experience it first hand, some even too well… The Streif has a rich history behind it, with the good and the bad and we can never know what kind of memories it will bring each year. But one thing is for sure; it’s a race worth watching and for skiers an experience they most likely will never forget.

A video that perfectly describes the Streif:

With both training days behind us, the athletes had had a good chance to get to know the Streif where they will compete tomorrow at 11:30 am. Now let’s check who are the favourites and our predictions who will win the “Super Bowl” of alpine skiing on 25th of January.

Vincent Kriechmayer, winner of the most recent downhill race in Wengen on January 19th is hoping to make it 2 in a row tomorrow in Kitzbühl. If he manages to do so, he would become the first racer to win 2 successive World Cup downhill races since Aksel Lund Svindal who won in Beaver Creek and Val Gardena in December 2017. Alongside Max Franz, who won in Lake Louise, they can become the first Austrian skiers to win multiple downhill races in one World Cup season since Hannes Reichelt in 2014/15 when he won 3. While Austrian skiers won on the Streif 23 times in history, which is currently a record, they have seen only 1 Austrian skier winning here in the last 11 seasons. That man was no other than Hannes Reichelt on January 25th 2014.

Beat Feuz finished on the podium in the downhill races 9 times in the last 10 races, which includes a podium finish in the each of the last 4 downhill events. The only exception to that this season was a 6th place finish in Lake Louise. In the last race in Wengen, he finished 2nd 0.14s behind Vincent Kriechmayr and 0.12s in front of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. At Kitzbühl, Feuz has collected a total of 2 World Cup podiums, both 2nd places in 2016 and 2018. Among all the active ski racers, Feuz (8 wins) is the 3rd most successful, behind Dominik Paris (9 wins) and Aksel Lund Svindal (14 wins).

Despite winning 14 World Cup downhill races in his career, the Kitzbühl is one of the few venues where Aksel Lund Svindal has not finished 1st yet. His best result at the Streif was 2nd place on January 25th 2014. Last season he finished 8th at this venue, 1.12s behind Thomas Dressen. Svindal has already won a Super-G event in Kitzbühl, which means if he can win the downhill event as well, he would become one of the few skiers to win both downhill and super-g events at Kitzbühl.

Dominik Paris is currently 4th in the downhill standings with 220 points, which is 120 shy of reaching Beat Feuz at the top spot. In Kitzbühl he has won twice in his career (2013,2017), but only managed to reach the 12th spot finish last season. If he manages to win here tomorrow, he would join Franz Heinzer, Karl Schranz, Luc Alphand and Primin Zurbrigger who all won 3 times at this venue. Among active ski racers, Dominik Paris has the 2nd most downhill wins in his career with 9 World Cup wins.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Outright Dominik Paris 3.860 3.75 1 Unit Won
Outright Vincent Kriechmayr 7.330 8.00 1 Unit Lost
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Zakopane (POL)

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup – Zakopane (POL)

The German team has once again won the event in Zakopane after losing to Poland in 2017/18 season, which prevented them from winning here for the 2nd time in a row. The team of Karl Geiger, Markus Eisenbichler, David Seigel and Stephan Leyhe has won the team event in Zakopane in a nail-biting contest, against their neighbours Austria and their team; Daniel Huber, Jan Hoerl, Michael Hayboeck and Stefan Kraft. It was an entertaining event, where we even saw a new hill record being set not once but 2 times, sadly the crash of David Seigel overshadowed the whole competition.

Not only did we see 2 hill records being set; first by Markus Eisenbichler (143m) and after Dawid Kubacki (143.5m) but also the disqualification of Johann Andre Forfang and as mentioned the crash of David Siegel in the final round. There are no official reports on his condition as of now, however from what we have seen his knee is not looking good and will most likely be out for a prolonged time. On the bright side, I must mention the superb performance from Austrian youngster Jan Hoerl. He got the spot in the team as a replacement for Manuel Fettner and arguably justified the decision of the coach. His 2 jumps of 134.5 and 133.5 played a big part in Austrian team success yesterday and we can expect him to appear in the next team event as well. After the event, he stated: “It was a very cool competition today, it was my first time competing in a team event. And to be on the podium in this atmosphere here is really cool. I showed two good jumps today and I think the others are also satisfied with their jumps”.

As mentioned, the German team won the event with 1157.5 points, while Austria ended 2nd with 1157.4 points. The third place went to the Polish team (1117.2 points), after the deciding jump from Dawid Kubacki who set a new record of the hill with a 143.5m jump. At the 4th place, we saw Slovenia who accumulated 1103.8 points, followed by Japan. The current individual event leader Ryoyu Kobayashi could not perform as we expected, as he only managed to jump 132m and 135m. He was however still the best jumper in his team, but sadly it was not enough to get Japan in the top 3. The Czech Republic team ended 5th with 1028 points. Roman Koudelka was their best jumper with his 138m and 135.5m jumps. It has become clear now, that he is getting better with each passing event. If he manages to continue with his good performances, I would not be surprised if he ends up as a real contender for the podium spots in the upcoming individual events. Swiss team ended 7th, while Norway once again finished last due to yet another disqualification of their jumper Johann Andre Forfang. Quite ironically, as I did mention they are expected to be extra careful not to repeat their mistake from the first team event. I guess I was wrong. With the team event behind us, the athletes are getting ready for the 14th individual event of the season, which will take place on 20th January at the same hill as a team event in Zakopane. So far this season, Ryoyu Kobayashi accumulated 1092 points which places him at the first spot in the overall standings far in front of 2nd placed Kamil Stoch who has “only” 624 points and 3rd placed Piotr Zyla with 591 points. At this point I must mention 3 out of the top 4 ski jumpers in the Overall standings are Polish; Kamil Stoch, Piotr Zyla and Dawid Kubacki, which shows how strong Polish team is, however they still failed to win in Zakopane yesterday.

The last individual event took place in Cal di Fiemme, where we saw Dawid Kubacki winning his first event of the season. He was followed by Stefan Kraft and Kamil Stoch at the 3rd place. Ryoyu Kobayashi finished 7th which meant his 6 consecutive wins streak came to an end despite the fact he won in Val di Fiemme only a day prior. Last season we saw 2 Slovenian ski jumpers on the podium in Zakopane. Anze Semencic won the first individual event of his career, however, failed to win an event ever since. His best result since his win in Zakopane was 10th place in Val di Fiemme this season. Andreas Wellinger finished 2nd, while Peter Prevc ended 3rd. Now let’s check the favourites to win the individual event in Zakopane and our predictions.

After his 6 consecutive wins, his streak came to an end in Val di Fiemme where he finished 7th. In the upcoming event in Zakopane, Ryoyu Kobayashi will be looking to win his 10th event of the season which would only cement his position at the top spot in the overall standings. In total, Kobayashi won 9 out of 13 individual events this season, which is just as many as Kamil Stoch won in the whole last season. The last ski jumper who won more than 9 individual events in one season was Peter Prevc who accumulated 15 victories in 2015/16. Among Japanese ski jumpers, there are only 2 other who claimed more than 9 individual wins in their career; Noriaki Kasai (17), Kazuyoshi Funaki (15). The only 2 events this season where Kobayashi did not finish on the podium were Engelberg and Val di Fiemme, which means he accumulated 11 podium finishes up until now. In comparison, Kamil Stoch had 13 podium finishes last season.

Kamil Stoch is currently 2nd in the overall standings, over 400 points behind Ryoyu Kobayashi. Despite that, he is still searching for his 1st win of the season to add to his 31 individual World Cup victories, which is 6th most in all-time standings. In the last 2 events in Val di Fiemme, Stoch finished 3rd on both days. If he manages to finish on the podium once more, he would achieve 3 consecutive podiums for the first time since December 2017-January 2018 where he has 6 consecutive podium finishes. In Zakopane, Stoch ended on the podium 9 times, which is the most among all ski jumpers. On the other side, he has won 4 times in Zakopane which is 2nd most behind Gregor Schlierenzauer.

After setting a new hill record, we simply can’t forget to mention Dawid Kubacki. He finished on the podium in each of the last 3 individual events. He was 2nd in Bischofshofen, 2nd in Val di Fiemme and won the second event in Val di Fiemme. The win in Val di Fiemme was also his first individual win in his career. If he manages to repeat his success today, he would become the first man other than Kobayashi to win 2 successive individual World Cup events since Stoch won both events in Planica last season. He could also become the 5th Polish ski jumper to win multiple Individual World Cup events after Adam Malysz (39), Stoch (31), Pjotr FIjas (3) and Maciej Kot (2).

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Top 6 finish Ryoyu Kobayashi / 1.50 1 Unit Lost
Men's Downhill - Wengen (SUI)

Men’s Downhill – Wengen (SUI)

The first FIS Ski World Cup Alpine Combined race of the 2018/19 season is behind us and despite questionable weather forecast it ended as planned.

The race was won by Marco Schwarz, who skied an impressive downhill run, managing to defend the lead he got from slalom part of the race. This was his 2nd World Cup win in his career, which came only 18 days after his first in a city event in Oslo. He could have also finished high in Zagreb where he was leading after the first run, but he failed to finish the race. With his good performances, he is currently 6th in the Overall standings which is a great accomplishment and he will surely hope he can continue putting up good results in the upcoming races. Victor Muffat-Jeandet came in 2nd, which was his 2nd podium finish in Wengen after he finished 1st last season. He was considered a favourite to win here, which is not surprising as he has, as mentioned, won last season and is the Olympic medalist in the discipline. With the 2nd spot finish, he earned himself the 8th podium finish in his career and the first podium finish this season. His teammate Alexis Pinturault finished 3rd, over a second behind Marco Schwarz (+1.12). The 3rd place was his 50th podium in his career, and despite only finishing 3rd, he can be happy to reach the milestone.

On the 19th of January, men will compete in a Downhill event, which will be the 5th Downhill race this season. The last time men competed in a Downhill race was on December 28th in Bormio. The mentioned event was won by Dominik Paris, who went on to win the Super-G event a day later as well. He finished the Downhill race 0.36s in front of his teammate Christof Innerhofer and 0.52s in front of last season Downhill champion Beat Feuz.

Looking at how the athletes performed in Downhill event in Wengen in 2018, we saw no other than Beat Feuz winning his 2nd Downhill race of the season. He ended the race 0.18s in front of Aksel Lund Svindal and 0.67s in front of Matthias Mayer. Coming into this race, Beat Feuz has only 1 Downhill race win in 2018/19 season and maybe we will witness the history repeat itself today if he manages to win here for the 2nd time in a row.

Beat Feuz has achieved an impressive 8 podiums in the last 9 World Cup Downhill races, which includes 3 podiums in the last 3 races; 3rd in Bormio, 3rd in Val Gardena and 1st in Beaver Creek. The only exception was the Lake Louise race, where he finished 6th. As for his performances in Wengen, Feuz has won twice; in 2012 and 2018 and will look to make it 3 today, which will also be his 2nd consecutive win at this venue. Wengen is one of the 3 ski resorts where Beat Feuz has won multiple times; the other 2 being St. Moritz and Kvitfjell where he won 2 times. In his career, Feuz has won 8 Downhill events, which means there are only 2 other active male skiers who have won more. Those two are Aksel Lund Svindal (14) and Dominik Paris (9).

Dominik Paris has won the most recent Downhill event in Bormio, to which he added the win in Super-G at the same venue. In his career he has won 11 times, 9 out of which were a Downhill race wins. This season alone, he stood on the podium 4 times; 3rd in Lake Louise Downhill, 3rd in Beaver Creek Super-G, and as mentioned 1st in both Downhill and Super-G events in Bormio. If he wins today, he would become the first man after Aksel Lund Svindal to win 2 consecutive Downhill events. Svindal managed to do so in December 2017 (Beaver Creek – Val Gardena). We could see him winning today, but we will rather bet on Paris to finish on the podium once more, especially with relatively high odds offered on that to happen.

Christof Innerhofer was the last Italian man to collect 3 World Cup wins in one season (2012/2013). This season he has achieved a podium finish 3 times, he was 2nd in Lake Louise (DH), Val Gardena (SG) and Bormio (DH). The last time Innerhofer won a race was back on 23 February 2013. Since then he achieved 7 2nd places; 4 in Super-G and 3 in Downhill. Last season he did not finish the race in Wengen. Much like Paris, Innerhofer has high odds on him finishing on the podium. With 9.00 on Innerhofer to finish top 3, the odds are far too good to let go, especially after taking into consideration his recent performances.

Among the top 4 favourites to win the upcoming event, Aksel Lund Svindal has a total of 36 World Cup victories to his name, 14 of which came from Downhill events. In Wengen, he has finished on the podium 3 times in the last 4 races. Last season he was 2nd, while in 2016 he has won the race. Keep in mind, the 2017 race was cancelled. With his 14 Downhill victories, he is only 1 shy of reaching Franz Heinzer and Hermann Maier at the 4th place all-time among men. Aksel Lund Svindal was the Downhill champion in 2013 and 2014 and 2nd in 2016 as well as in the last season. At the moment he is 7th in the Downhill standings, with 150 points, which is 110 behind Beat Feuz and 46 behind 3rd placed Dominik Paris.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Outright Vincent Kriechmayr / 9.00 1 Unit Won
Podium Finish Vincent Kriechmayr / 3.00 2 Units Won
Podium Finish Dominik Paris / 3.00 1 Unit Lost
Podium Finish Christof Innerhofer / 9.00 1 Unit Lost
Women's Downhill - Cortina d'Ampezzo Event 2

Women’s Downhill – Cortina d’Ampezzo Event 2

We are back at Cortina d’Ampezzo for the 2nd Downhill race at this venue and the 5th Downhill race of this season.

Ramona Siebenhofer is coming into this event as the winner of the last Downhill race at Cortina d’Ampezzo, which was the 1st win and the 3rd podium of her career. With the 3rd place in Val Gardena, Siebenhofer has now 2 podium finishes this season, which puts her at the 3rd spot in the Downhill standings with 220 points, which is only 28 behind the leader Nicole Schmidhofer.  Ramona Siebenhofer bested Ilka Stuhec yesterday by an impressive 0.40s, while she was 0.46s faster than 3rd placed Stephanie Venier. The 3rd place for Stephanie Venier marked her 3rd podium finish and her 1st Downhill podium in her career. The last time she stood on the podium was on 25th February 2017 in Crans-Montana in a Super-G race. On the other side, Ilka Stuhec 2nd place is not as bad as it seems, as she has proven to be a top competitor in the Downhill events after the return from her injury last season. As of now, she is only 10 points behind Nicole Schmidhofer in the Downhill standings, which means that another great performance from her would see her climbing to the top spot in the Downhill standings. Lindsey Vonn finished only 15th in her 1st race after returning to the slopes, over 1 second too slow for the top spot (+1.19). The race itself ended with no complications, despite the fact the start was lowered due to heavy snowfall during the night.

The next race as mentioned will take place at the same venue, where some ladies will have a chance to improve their performance from Friday’s race whereas others will hope to perform just as well as they did. With her win on Friday, Ramona Siebenhofer is one of the 2 favourites to win once more, alongside Ilka Stuhec. As of now, the odds offered on them are 4.18 on Ilka, while Siebenhofer odds are at 4.66.

This season, Ramona Siebenhofer has finished on the podium 2 times. She was 3rd in Val Gardena Downhill race and won the most recent Downhill event in Cortina d’Ampezzo. She also finished 4th in Super-G race in Lake Louise and 6th in the Downhill race on December 1st in Lake Louise. With those performances, she is currently 3rd in the Downhill standings only 28 points behind Nicole Schmidhofer and 18 points behind Ilka Stuhec. Last season she finished 12th and 4th in Cortina. While her 4th place finish last season seems impressive, she was still well over a second (+1.25) behind the winner Lindsey Vonn.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Outright Ilka Stuhec 4.18 4.00 2 Units Lost
Outright Ramona Siebenhofer 4.66 4.50 2 Units Won
H2H (Vonn v Weidle) Kira Weidle 1.892 2.10 1 Unit Won
H2H (Schmidhofer v Mowinckel) Nicole Schmidhofer 1.68 1.72 2 Units Won
Women's Giant Slalom - Kornplatz (ITA)

Women’s Giant Slalom – Kornplatz (ITA)

The 19th event of 2018/19 alpine skiing season for women is just a day away. Tomorrow we will watch ladies compete in the Giant Slalom, which will mark the 5th giant slalom race this season.

Athletes are travelling to Kornplatz, Italy where they will compete after a week-long break, due to bad weather in St. Anton, which prevented them to compete in downhill as well as super-G races. With the last 2 events cancelled, the most recent race for women took place in Flachau on 8th of January, where they competed in a Slalom race, which was won by Petra Vlhova. She ended the race with an overall time of 1:52.85 which was 0.15s faster than Mikaela Shiffrin and a whole 1.17s faster than 3rd placed Katharina Liensberger. Petra Vlhova achieved her 3rd win of the season and the first win in Slalom this season. She also won the giant slalom race in Semmering on 28th December and the parallel slalom in Oslo on 1st of January. Despite only winning 3 events this season, she is comfortably sitting at the 2nd place in the overall standings, 446 points behind Mikaela Shiffrin and 284 in front of 3rd placed Wendy Holdener. Vlhova performance in Flachau was impressive, as she managed to overcome a 0.31s deficit in the 1st run with the fastest time in the 2nd run. With 5 slalom race wins in her career, she became the most successful female Slovakian skier, passing Veronika Velez-Zuzulova, who was present at the event to witness the historic win for Vlhova and her country. As for the 2nd placed Mikaela Shiffrin, this event was the first slalom event of the season she failed to win, thus ending her 4 slalom race winning streak. Nonetheless, she is still far in front of her competition in the overall standings as well as slalom standings (80 points in front of Petra Vlhova). Anna Swenn Larsson ended the race at the 3rd place which was her 3rd podium finish in her career, however, she was later disqualified after the officials discovered she (unknowingly) straddled a gate through a delay on the course. This meant Katharina Liensberger was moved to the 3rd place, which was the 1st podium finish of her career.

The last Giant Slalom event of the season took place in Semmering on 28th of December, where Petra Vlhova won her first race of the season. She ended the race with an overall time of 2:04.72, 0.45s in front of Viktoria Rebensburg and 0.60s faster than 3rd placed Tessa Worley. Mikaela Shiffrin finished the race at 5th place 0.66s behind Vlhova. Looking at how females performed at Kornplatz last season, we saw Viktoria Rebensburg winning the giant slalom race, Ragnhild Mowinckel finished 2nd, only 0.03s behind Viktoria, while Federica Brignone ended 3rd, 0.66s behind the leading skier.

Now let’s look at the favourites to win the upcoming event and our predictions.

Mikaela Shiffrin has won 9 races this season, which puts her at the top spot in the overall standings. If she wins one more, it would mean she would win 10 races in a single season for the third time. She did so in 2016/17 (11), and 2017/18 (12). There are 5 other women who managed to win at least 10 races in a single season; Vreni Schneider, Lindsey Vonn, Tina Maze, Anja Parson and Annemarie Moser-Proll. Up until now, Mikaela has won 52 World Cup races, which is 7th most all-time and 4th most among women. She is only 3 shy of reaching Hermann Maier and 4 short of reaching Vreni Schneider. Despite her 7 world cup giant slalom race wins in her career, she has not yet won a giant slalom event on Italian snow and she will have a great chance to do so on 15th of January.

Tessa Worley has finished on the podium in the last 2 giant slalom races. The 3rd place in Semmering and Courchevel were her 26th and 27th podium finishes in her career. This season she also managed to win a giant slalom race in Sölden, which was the first race of the season, however, she failed to repeat her success in the upcoming races. With 13 giant slalom wins in her career, she is only 1 shy of reaching the 4th all-time spot which is shared between Anita Wachter, Viktoria Rebensburg, Tina Maze and Lise-Marie Morerod who all won 14 times. Among French women, Worley has 3rd most World Cup wins, trailing Perrine Pelen (15) and Carole Merle (22).

Just like Tessa Worley, Viktoria Rebensburg also finished on the podium in the last 2 giant slalom races. She finished 2nd in both Semmering and Courchevel. With those 2 podiums, she now has 33 giant slalom podium finishes in her career. The last time she won an event was in Kornplatz last season (23rd January 2018). With 14 giant slalom wins in her career, another win here would mean she would become the 3rd most successful female skier in giant slalom discipline, but the competition is though and she will not have an easy task of doing that. We expect this giant slalom specialist to put up a good result tomorrow, however as said the competition is tough and a win here will not come easy.

Petra Vlhova has won the most recent giant slalom race in Semmering, which was her 1st giant slalom win in her career. She then proceeded to win the City event in Oslo as well as the slalom race in Flachau. This season Vlhova achieved 3 wins and 9 podium finishes, which not surprisingly puts her at the 2nd spot in the overall standings. Petra Vlhova was never among the best giant slalom skiers, as her best finish was an 11th overall spot in giant slalom discipline in 2017. Nonetheless, she is considered one of the favourites to win here and if she manages to do so, she would become the first woman to win 2 consecutive giant slalom races since Viktoria Rebensburg did in the opening 2 races last season (Sölden and Killington).

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
H2H (Shiffrin v Vlhova) Mikaela Shiffrin 1.51 1.57 1 Unit Won
H2H (Schild v Curtoni) Bernadette Schild 1.86 1.83 1 Unit Push
H2H (Rebensburg v Brignone) Viktoria Rebensburg 1.613 1.72 1 Unit Won
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Val di Fiemme (ITA) Event 2 Update

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup – Val di Fiemme (ITA) Event 2 Update

Ryoyu Kobayashi remains the leading alpine ski jumping athlete as men prepare for the second event in Val di Fiemme, which will take place on 13th of January at 17:00 (5:00 pm). Keep in mind, we will not be adding our predictions to this preview, as the qualification round takes place at 15:45, which means, we will wait till the end of the qualifications to see if bookmakers offer odds on the main event.

The upcoming event will take place in Val di Fiemme, on Trampolino Giuseppe Dal Ben hill, which will be the same venue as the most recent event on 12th of January. The upcoming event will mark the 13th event of the season and the 2nd time athletes compete in Italy. Looking at the last event, it was Ryoyu Kobayashi who won his 6th consecutive ski jumping event this season and 9th overall. After his impressive Grand Slam in the Four Hills tournament, Kobayashi continues with his spectacular performance and has become one of the few athletes in history to win 6 consecutive events. If he can repeat his success on Trampolino Giuseppe Dal Ben, he would become the first athlete in history to win 7 times in a row, and to be fair I would not be surprised if he manages to do so.

After his win in Predazzo, Kobayashi remained humble and told he was honoured his name is mentioned alongside Ahonen, Hautamaeki, Morgenstern and Schlierenzauer, who all achieved 6 consecutive wins in their career. He stated he does not think much about the fact he can write history and is rather focused on his jumps. Ryoyu should also be careful not to get caught by Stoch who jokingly said he will lock Ryoyu in one of the containers just so he could have a chance to win. Understandably Stoch, as well as other athletes, are desperate to catch up to Ryoyu who has been out of reach with his performances. In the first event at Val di Fiemme, Dawid Kubacki finished 2nd, while Kamil Stoch finished 3rd. This was the 3rd podium for Kubacki and 3rd for Kamil Stoch, who was last seen standing on the podium in Engelberg on 16th of December, where he finished 3rd.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Top 6 finish Marcus Eisenbichler / 1.50 1 Unit Won
 
Men's Slalom - Adelboden (SUI

Men’s Slalom – Adelboden (SUI)

The 20th event of 2018/19 FIS Alpine World Cup season is ahead of us, where we will see men skiers competing in a Slalom event in Adelboden, which will be the 2nd race at the same venue after they finished the Giant Slalom race on 12th of January.

The Giant Slalom race at Adelboden in Switzerland is behind us and we saw Marcel Hirschler winning yet again, which was his 2nd win in a row and 8th win this season in all disciplines. With his win in Gian Slalom, Hirscher is now 238 points ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen in Giant Slalom standings and 365 points ahead of Kristoffersen in overall standings. In the Giant Slalom race, Hirscher finished with an overall time of 2:26.54, which was 0.71s faster than 2nd placed Henrik Kristoffersen and 3rd placed Thomas Fanara. This was his 8th win in Adelboden and 4th win in Giant Slalom on the Chuenisbärgli course. After the first run, Kristoffersen was leading 0.12s in front of Marcel Hirscher, while Alexis Pinturault was 3rd 0.18s behind the Norwegian. With small margins, it was all going to be decided in the 2nd run, where Hirscher shined and outperformed all other skiers. He managed to overcome the 0.12s deficit and even expanded his lead, setting the fastest time of the second run. Kristoffersen can be happy with yet another podium finish, despite the fact his runs were not perfect. Nonetheless, the 2nd place secured him the 2nd spot in Giant Slalom as well as in the overall standings. Thomas Fanara skied himself to the 3rd place as the oldest skier in the event (37 years). This was his 2nd podium after a 2nd place in Giant Slalom race in Alta Badia. He was 0.44s behind the leader in the first run but managed to put up an impressive 3rd fastest time in the second run which saw him deservingly climbing to the podium.

The upcoming race will be the 5th slalom event of the season. 3 out of the 4 Slalom races this season were won by Hirscher, while Daniel Yule won the Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio.
In the last race in Zagreb, Hirscher won with a 0.60s margin in front of Alexis Pinturault and 0.62s in front of Manuel Feller. Last season Hirscher won both Giant Slalom and Slalom events in Adelboden. In the Slalom race, he was 0.13s faster than 2nd placed Michael Matt and 0.16s faster than Henrik Kristoffersen.

The win in Zagreb marked his 30th World Cup Slalom win in his career which means Marcel Hirscher is ranked 3rd in all-time Slalom wins, behind Alberto Tomba (35) and Ingemar Stenmark (40). In the last 12 slalom races, Hirscher won 10, with the only 2 exceptions being the race in Kitzbühel in and Madonna di Campiglio. As for his performances in Adelboden, Hirscher won the Slalom race here 4 times (2012,2013,2014 and 2018). The record among men for the most slalom wins in a single ski resort is 5 and with a win on 13th of January, Hirscher could reach that record in Adelboden, which would mean he would tie with his own record held in Zagreb. As for podium finishes, Hirscher has achieved 9 in Slalom at Adelboden, which is as well a record among men which means a podium finish would set a new record, passing Ivica Kosetlic, who claimed 9 podiums in Wengen. What we expect from Hirscher is yet another great performance and a win in the Slalom event.

Henrik Kristoffersen has failed to finish on the podium in the last 2 slalom races in the World Cup. He had a streak of 11 consecutive slalom podium finishes, which came to an end in Madonna di Campiglio where he did not finish the race. In Adelboden, Kristoffersen won 2 slalom races (2016 and 2017). As for podium finishes, he has achieved 4 in Adelboden. 4 podium finishes in a single ski resort is his personal record, which he achieved also in Schladming, Wengen, Levi and Kranjska Gora. So a podium here would set his new personal record. As of now, he has 5th most Slalom wins among men (15) and is only 1 shy of reaching Marc Ghirardelli at the 4th all-time place.

Marco Schwarz has finished 2nd in Madonna di Campiglio and won the City event in Oslo on 1st of January, which was also his 1st World Cup win in his career. He has achieved a total of 4 podium finishes in his career, 3 of which in Slalom events. The last podium finish in the slalom, not counting the 2nd place in Madonna di Campiglio was on 14th February 2016, when he finished 3rd in Naeba. His best result in Adelboden was 7th place in Giant Slalom this season, while his best result in Slalom was 14th place last season.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Leader After 1st leg Henrik Kristoffersen / 6.00 1 Unit Lost
Leader After 1st leg Marco Schwarz / 11.00 1 Unit Won
H2H (Neureuther v Meillard) Felix Neureuther 1.724 1.83 2 Units Won
H2H (Ryding v Moelgg) Manfred Moelgg 2.120 2.00 2 Units Won
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup - Val di Fiemme (ITA)

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup – Val di Fiemme (ITA)

Ski jumpers are travelling to Italy, where they will continue with this season World Cup events after they finished with the Four Hills Tournament on 6th of January in Bischofshofen. The event in Val di Fiemme will be the 12th ski jumping event of the season and the first time they will compete in Italy.

Looking back at the Four Hill Tournament which took place from 30th of December to 6th of January, when men competed in Oberstdorf, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck and finally in Bischofshofen, we saw a historic win for Ryoyu Kobayashi, who won all 4 events and ultimately the tournament itself. Ryoyu Kobayashi has been a dominant force this season, winning 8 out of 11 events, only failing to do so in Wisla (3rd place), Nizhny Tagil (3rd place) and Engelberg (7th place). That means, he stood on the podium in all except one event thus far and not surprisingly is leading the overall standings by impressive 427 points. At the second place in the overall standings, it’s Piotr Zyla (529 points) and Kamil Stoch at 3rd place (504 points).

The upcoming event will take place at Val di Fiemme, more specifically at Trampolino Giuseppe Dal Ben ski jump arena. The Giuseppe Dal Ben venue is located in Predazzo, Val di Fiemme in northern Italy. It has opened in 1989 and has hosted World Cup ski jumping events (11 occasions), FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (1991.2003.2013) and 2013 Winter Universiade. This year will be the first time men will compete in Predazzo after almost 7 years, with the last event taking place back in February 2012. The venue has 2 ski jumping hills (HS 135 and HS 106), however, we will see both events taking place on HS 135. Current record holder at the hill is Eric Frenzel with 138.5m in 2013. Now let’s check the favourites and our predictions for the upcoming ski jumping event.

After claiming his first title in Four Hills Tournament on last Sunday, Ryoyu Kobayashi became the 3rd jumper to win all 4 events in the Four Hills Tournament, after Sven Hannawald (2001/02) and Kamil Stoch (2017/18). With 5 consecutive wins in the World Cup this season, Ryoyu Kobayashi will look to extend the impressive run today, adding his 6th in a row. If he manages to win in Italy, he would join Ahonen, Hautamaki, Morgenstern and Schlierenzauer with a record 6 wins in a row. No man has ever won 7 in a row, and we with the form Kobayashi is in, we just might see the record be broken. This season, Kobayashi has won 8 out of 11 events. Comparing to Stoch performance last season, he won 9. The last jumper who won more than 9 individual World Cup events was Peter Prevc in 2015/16 when he won 15. Is he can continue with his performances we just might be looking at the best Japanese ski jumper in the country’s history, as he has broken the Japanese record and won 6 individual events in a single season.

Markus Eisenbichler finishes 2nd in the Four Hills tournament 62.1 points behind Kobayashi in the final standings. All of his 2 podium finishes came from the Four Hills Tournament, where he finishes 2nd in Oberstdorf as well as Garmisch-Partenkirchen. With Stephan Leyhe finishing 3rd in the Four Hills Tournament, this season marked the first time in 28 years when 2 German athletes finished on the podium in the Four Hills Tournament. The last time Germany achieved that was in 1990/1991 when Weißflog and Thoma finished 1st and 3rd. Eisenbichler has now 6 individual podium finishes in the World Cup event without a win.

This season, Stefan Kraft finished on the podium in 3 of the four events in the Four Hills Tournament. He was 3rd in Oberstdorf, 2nd in Innsbruck and 3rd in Bischofshofen. In his career, he has achieved 47 individual podium finishes and 12 wins, however, he has not won an event since March 2017 in Planica. Looking at all the Austrian athletes, Austria failed to win the last 33 World Cup events since the last time Kraft won in Planica. This is the 2nd longest win-less streak after Austrian 45 successive jumps without a win from February 2000 till January 2002. Since the last season, Kraft finished on the podium 11 times without claiming a win and he will be looking to change that in Val di Fiemme.

Last season’s champion, Kamil Stoch,  does not look like himself this season.. well at least his results don’t show it. He was the Four Hills, Raw Air, overall and Olympic champion, but somehow fails to perform as good this season. The last time the World Cup event took place in Val di Fiemme, Stoch won it (5th February 2012), however, we have our doubts he will manage to repeat his success this season. With only 3 podium finishes this season; 2nd and 3rd in Ruka and 3rd in Engelberg, this season is not looking promising for him.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Outright Ryoyu Kobayashi / 1.53 3 Units Won
Top 6 finish Stefan Kraft / 1.40 2 Units Won
Top 6 finish Robert Johansson / 1.72 1 Unit Lost
Men's Giant Slalom - Adelboden (SWI)

Men’s Giant Slalom – Adelboden (SWI)

With almost a week-long break from alpine skiing, men are travelling to Adelboden in Switzerland, where they will compete in a Giant Slalom race on 12th of January, and Slalom race on 13th of January. The Giant Slalom race will mark the 19th event and 5th Giant Slalom race of the season.

The last race of the season took place in Zagreb, where men competed in a Slalom event, which was won by Marcel Hirscher, who set a new record in Zagreb with the 5th win in the event, which is the most of any other men and women. Marcel Hirscher is also the only man who has won more than once on Medvednica since the first race in 2008. There are only 3 other athletes who won a World Cup race on Medvednica more than once; Marlies Schild (2), Tanja Poutiainen (2) and Mikaela Shiffrin (4). As mentioned Marcel Hirscher finished 1st, well in front of 2nd placed Alexis Pinturault (+0.60) and Manuel Feller (+0.62), while Henrik Kristoffersen finished only 5th over a second behind Marcel Hirscher (+1.35s).

The last Giant Slalom of the season took place in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, where Zan Kranjec won his first World Cup race of his career. At the second place, we saw Loic Meillard (+0.19) and Mathieu Faivre at 3rd (+0.50). Marcel Hirscher, the favourite to win the event finished only 6th, 0.77s too slow for the 1st spot.

The next race for men will take place in Adelboden, a mountain village in Switzerland, more specifically on the Cheunisbärgli. This year will mark the 63rd edition of the Adelboden Ski races at the steepest Cheunisbärgli slope. As of now, Marcel Hirscher is the all-time leader with a total of 7 wins at this venue, 3 of which came from Giant Slalom events and 4 from Slalom races. Looking at the last season races in Adelboden, we saw Marcel Hirscher winning both, Giant Slalom as well as Slalom events. In the Giant Slalom event, Marcel Hirscher finished 1st, 0.17s in front of Henrik Kristoffersen and 0.21s in front of Alexis Pinturault. If he manages to win on 12th of January again, it would be his 8th win at Adelboden as well as his 2nd Giant Slalom win in a row at this slope. Now let’s check the favourites to win the upcoming Giant Slalom event and our predictions.

In the last Giant Slalom race, Marcel Hirscher underperformed and finished only 6th, well behind the winner Zan Kranjec who was 0.77s too fast for Hirscher. With his 6th spot finish, Hirscher ended his 18 straight podium finish run in World Cup Giant Slalom events. The last time we did not see Hirscher on the podium in Giant Slalom race was in March 2014, when he finished 4th in Kranjska Gora. In his career, Hirscher won 31 World Cup Giant Slalom races, which is the second most, only trailing Ingemar Stenmark, who has 46 wins in Giant Slalom. In Adelboden, Hirscher holds the record of most wins (7) as well as 14 podium finishes in all disciplines. The men record for the most wins in a single ski resort is 8; Stenmark in Madonna di Campiglio, Aksel Lund Svindal in Lake Louise and Hirscher in Alta Badia. As for record podium finishes in a single ski resort, Hirscher is already tied with Aksel Lund Svindal with 15 podiums. Svindal achieved 15 in Beaver Creek, while Hirscher has 15 podium finishes in Val d’Isere.

Alexis Pinturault is only 1 World Cup win shy of reaching the French record held by Carole Marle (22 wins). He is also only 1 podium finish shy of reaching 50 podiums in his career. As for his performances in Giant Slalom, Pinturault is the only man other than Marcel Hirscher who won a Giant Slalom race last season. This season, however Pinturault best result in Giant Slalom is the 3rd place in Alta Badia. IN Adelboden, Pinturault finishes on the podium 3 times, in 2015,2017 and 2018 and will be looking to make it 4 in a row on 12th of January. He finished 2nd in 2015, won in 2017 and finished 3rd last season.

Žan Kranjec the last Giant Slalom race in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, which was his 1st World Cup win in his career. If he manages to win in Adelboden, he would become the first man other than Hirscher to win 2 consecutive Giant Slalom races since Alexis Pinturault in 2016, when he won 4 in a row. In addition, he would become the first Slovenian male athlete to win multiple World Cup races other than Jure Kosir (3) and Andrej Jerman (2).

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Outright Henrik Kristoffersen / 13.00 1 Unit Lost
Winning Margin 0 to and including 0.14s / 4.50 1 Unit Lost