Category: Men’s

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
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
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
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
FIS Alpine Skiing Parallel Slalom - Oslo (NOR)

FIS Alpine Skiing Parallel Slalom – Oslo (NOR)

For the 2nd year in a row, both men and ladies will compete in Parallel Slalom in Oslo on the 1st day of the new year. Being that the event will take place on the same venue, we will also write the previews in a single post. As a custom; “ladies first”, so let’s first focus on how ladies performed thus far in 2018/19 season. Looking at the standings, there is a huge gap separating 1st and 2nd placed skier in the overall standings. Mikaela Shiffrin is leading with 1034 points, followed by Petra Vlhova with 568 and Ragnhild Mowinckel at 3rd with 296 points.  Mikaela Shiffrin is currently leading Super-G and Slalom (+Parallel Slalom), whereas she is 3rd in Giant Slalom (255), behind Tessa Worley (265) and Federica Brignone (270). With her 8 wins this season and 9 podium finishes, she is a dominant force and only a few other athletes are considered “good enough” to have a chance to defeat her. Looking at the last event in Semmering, Mikaela Shiffrin won her 4th Slalom race of the season, which basically means she won all Slalom events up until now this season. She was 0.29s faster than Petra Vlhova and 0.38s faster than Wendy Holdener, who achieved her 2nd podium finish this season. Ladies are currently in Oslo, where they will await the New Year, however, unlike other population, their celebration will be much more relaxed as they need to get ready for a big day on 1st of January. Last season, it was no other than Mikaela Shiffrin who won the Parallel Slalom in Oslo. In the second place, we saw Wendy Holdener and Melanie Meillard at 3rd. Of course, we can not forget out male alpine skiers, who will join women in Oslo in the city event.

Current World Cup standings show Marcel Hirschler sitting at the 1st place in the overall standings with 620 points. Max Franz is 2nd with 408 points and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde at 3rd with 392 points. As of now, Marcel Hirscher is leading the Giant Slalom and Slalom standings, however, he is not among top 5 in Downhill and Super-G events, which is not surprising, as he does not compete in the Downhill and does not perform well in Super-G events. Nonetheless, he is still on a good way of reaching yet another Overall title if he can keep up with his performances. The last event for men took place in Bormio on 29th of December, where they competed in the Super-G race. In the mentioned race, it was Dominik Paris, the local hero who celebrated his 2nd win this season, which was also the 2nd win in a row for him, after winning the Downhill race only a day prior. Only a fraction of a second behind Paris finished Matthias Mayer (+0.01), which was his 1st podium finish of the season. At third place, we saw Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who was 0.46s behind Dominik Paris. Looking at how men competed in Oslo last season; Andre Myhrer won the event, with Michael Matt at 2nd and Linus Straßer at the 3rd place. Marcel Hirscher, who was expected to win finished 5th. Now let’s check who are the athletes that confirmed their participation in Oslo. Keep in mind, I will only briefly talk about the athletes for the upcoming event and won’t add any extensive information about all of them.

Ladies
1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
2. Petra Vlhova (SVK)
3. Frida Hansdtter (SWE)
4. Wendy Holdener (SUI)
5. Bernadette Schild (AUT)
6. Anna Swenn Larsson (SWE)
7. Katharina Liensberger (AUT)
8. Katharina Truppe (AUT)
9. Erin Mielzynski (CAN)
10. Irene Curtoni (ITA)
11. Lena Duerr (GER)
12. Christina Geiger (GER)
13. Roni Remme (CAN)
14. Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR)
15. Laurence St. Germain (CAN)
16. Aline Danioth (SUI)

Mikaela Shiffrin is the only woman who has won multiple city events in the World Cup. With her Stockholm win on 31st of January 2017 and a win in Oslo on 1st of January 2018, she is on a verge of winning a record 3 city events. There are also Wendy Holdener, Nina Haver-Loseth and Lena Dürr who are the other 3 athletes who have won a city event in their careers. Wendy Holdener, Veronika Velez-Zuzulova alongside Mikaela Shiffrin have collected a record 3 World Cup podiums in the city events. Due to an Injury, we, however, won’t see Haver-Loseth competing in Oslo. Looking at our favourite, we will go for Petra Vlhova. She has been performing well in this season and the odds offered on her are quite high considering she does have a good chance to win in Oslo.

Men
1. Marcel Hirscher (AUT)
2. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR)
3. Daniel Yule (SUI)
4. Michael Matt (AUT)
5. André Myhrer (SWE)
6. Ramon Zenhaeusern (SUI)
7. Marco Schwarz (AUT)
8. Dave Ryding (GBR)
9. Manuel Feller (AUT)
10. Alexis Pinturault (FRA)
11. Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (NOR)
12. Victor Muffat-Jeandet (FRA)
13. Luca Aerni (SUI)
14. Clement Noel (FRA)
15. Mattias Hargin (SWE)
16. Christian Hirschbuehl (AUT)

Marcel Hirscher has won multiple events in his career; He won in Moscow (2013) and Stockholm (2016). With that, he is the only man to have won multiple city events. Out of all the active skiers, Alexis Pinturault (Moscow 2012), Felix Neureuther (Münich 2013), Linus Strasser (Stockholm 2017), Andre Myhrer (Oslo 2017) and Ramon Zenhäusern (Stockholm 2017) are the other men who have recorded a win in City events. Last season it was Myhrer who won in Oslo after defeating Michael Matt in the finals. This was his 8th World Cup win and the last one to date. He is currently holding a record of 5 World Cup City Event podiums while Hirscher, Pinturault and Strasses all have 3 podium finishes. We will not be betting on the Outright market for men City event, but rather look at the podium finish markets. Marcel Hirscher has odds of 1.90 offered on the podium finish, which we believe offers good value for us to bet on.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Podium Finish Marcel Hirscher / 1.90 1 Unit Lost
Podium Finish Petra Vlhova / 1.72 1 Unit Won
Men's Downhill - Bormio (ITA)

Men’s Downhill – Bormio (ITA)

Men alpine skiers are returning to the ski slopes after Christmas break to compete at Bormio, where we will see 2 races. The first one, on 28th of December, will be a Downhill race, followed by Super-G race on 29th of December. Before the Christmas break, men competed at Madonna di Campiglio in a Slalom event, which was won by Daniel Yule after 2 of the biggest favourites made a huge mistake in the 2nd run, which, we could say freed the top 2 spots for other athletes. It was surprising to see the mistakes from Hirscher and Kristoffersen, but at the end of the day, we are all human and mistakes can happen to anyone.

As mentioned, Daniel Yule won the Slalom race, which was his 1st win in his career and a 3rd podium finish. He finished the race with an overall time of 1:38.34, 0.34s in front of Marco Schwarz and 0.50s in front of Michael Matt. For Marco Schwarz, this was his 3rd podium finish in his career, while Michael Matt added his 7th podium and 6th in the slalom events.

The last Downhill event took place in Val Gardena on 15th of December, when we saw Aleksander Aamodt Klide finishing the race 0.86s in front of Max Franz and 0.92s in front of Beat Feuz. It was a spectacular performance by Klide, who raced on a whole another level compared to other athletes, who did not manage to come even close to his time. That win marked his 3rd career and 2nd Downhill win. Max Franz finished 2nd after winning in Lake Louise. With that, he achieved his 10th podium finish in his career and 6th in Downhill events. As for Beat Feuz, the last years Downhill Crystal Globe winner, he finished the race with mixed emotions. On one hand, he achieved his 35th podium finish and is currently tied in the 1st place in Downhill standings with Max Franz, on the other hand, he witnessed a terrible crash of his teammate Marc Gisin who was taken to the hospital by helicopter. The official condition of Gisin is still unknown, however, he is in a stable condition as reported by many news networks. He will most likely not see him skiing for a while due to injuries he suffered; to his lungs, ribs, hip and spine (non-serious).
We will not provide the video of the crash due to the sensitive nature of it.

The next race, as I already mentioned will take place in Bormio, a village in the northern part of Italy, where we already saw 2 FIS Alpine Ski Championships (1985 and 2005), in addition, it regularly hosts the World Cup in late December. The ski slope on which the men will race is named “The Pista Stelvio”, which got its name from Stelvio Pass. It is considered one of the most challenging and spectacular courses in the world, and it’s the 2nd longest on the World Cup circuit. Last season, it was Paris Dominik who won the Downhill event at Bormio, only 0.04s in front of Aksel Lund Svindal and 0.17s in front of Kjetil Jansrud. Beat Feuz finished 4th, 0.31s behind the podium.

On 26th and 27th December, men completed 2 training runs at Bormio. In the first training, Christof Innerhofer finished 0.68s in front of Daniel Hemetsberger and 0.92s in front of Ryan Cochran-Siegle. In the second training, on 27th of December, Vincent Kriechmayr finished 1st, 0.04s in front of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and 0.19s in front of Daniel Hemetsberger.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won the last Downhill race in Val Gardena, which was his 3rd World Cup victory and the 2nd in Downhill events. With another win here, he would become the first man to win 2 consecutive Downhill events since Aksel Lund Svindal in 2017 (Beaver Creek-Val Gardena). In this season, Kilde finished on the podium twice; 3rd place in Super-G (Beaver Creek) and 1st place in Downhill (Val Gardena). As of now, he is ranked 4th in Downhill standings 1ith 126 points, which is 74 behind leading Max Franz and Beat Feuz.

In his career, Aksel Lund Svindal has won 14 Downhill races. This season he has achieved 3 podium finishes; 3rd place in Downhill (Beaver Creek), 3rd place in Super-G (Beaver Creek) and most recently won a Super-G event in Val Gardena. As for his performance in Val Gardena Downhill race, he finished 7th, over a second behind his teammate Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (+1.08).
Last season, he finished 2nd in Bormio, 0.04s behind Dominik Paris. This course has a special meaning for Svindal, as he has won his first Championship medal here in 2005 when he finished 2nd. The odds offered on Svindal to win are at 6.50 which is quite high considering his recent performances and his result here last season. With relatively high odds, we see value in betting on Svindal to win here and reach his 2nd consecutive podium at this venue.

Max Franz alongside Beat Feuz is the only skier to record multiple podiums in the first 3 World Cup Downhill races. Franz finished 1st in the opening Downhill race in Lake Louise and achieved 2nd place in Val Gardena, where he ended the race well behind Kilde (+0.86). Looking at the last season, Franz finished 8th in Bormio, 0.88s behind Dominik Paris. With a win here, he can become the first Austrian alpine skier to win multiple men’s Downhill races in a single season since Hannes Reichelt in 2014/15. Looking at odds offered on Max Franz, we were surprised he has 7.00 offered on a podium finish. The fact that he will have to go against Svindal, Feuz, Paris and Kilde do somewhat justify the higher odds, but we believe 7.00 is still too high. A podium finish is a likely outcome and with those odds, we will gladly take the bet.

Just like in any Downhill race Beat Feuz is a favourite to finish first and Bormio Downhill race is no exception. As mentioned before, Feuz and Max Franz are the only skiers with multiple podiums in this season Downhill races. Feuz finished 1st in Beaver Creek and 3rd in Val Gardena, 0.92s too slow for another win. Last season, Feuz was the only male skier to win 3 Downhill races (Lake Louise, Wengen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen). With a win here, he can become the second Swiss man to win in Bormio since Didier Defago in 2011. We are well aware that training runs do not always show a real picture of how skiers will perform in a real race, but Feuz simply did not convince us that he will go on and win his 2nd Downhill race of the season in Bormio. Odds offered on Beat Feuz to win are currently at 6.50, which is in our opinion a fair price. Still, as mentioned we will not be betting on Feuz today.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Outright Aksel Lund Svindal 6.53 6.50 1 Unit Lost
Podium Finish Max Franz / 7.00 1 Unit Lost
Men's Slalom - Madonna di Campiglio (ITA)

Men’s Slalom – Madonna di Campiglio (ITA)

After the Giant Slalom and Slalom races in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, men are travelling to Madonna di Campiglio for the 14th race and 3rd Slalom event of the season. This night slalom race will be the last event before Christmas break for men.

In the last race in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, we saw Marcel Hirscher winning his 5th race of the season, which was also his 63rd World Cup win his career. This now officially makes him the most successful Austrian alpine skier of all times, surpassing Annemarie Pröl-Moser and climbing to the 3rd place in all-time rankings. He finished the race with a total time of 1:54.98, which was 0.38s faster than 2nd placed Meillard Loic and 0.47s faster than 3rd placed Henrik Kristoffersen. The 2nd placed Loic Meillard finished 2nd in both events; Giant Slalom and Slalom, which were his first 2 podiums of his career. He could continue with his momentum and finish on the podium or even win in today’s event in Madonna di Campiglio as he has proven to be one of the top contenders in the Slalom and GIant slalom events this season. On the other hand, Kristoffersen finished on the podium for the 11th time in a row in slalom events. We could argue that the mistake he made in the first run cost him a better placement, however, a 3rd place is still a good finish from this Norwegian skier. Men are now getting ready for the last race before Bormio on 28th of December where they will compete in Downhill and Super-G race a day later, on 29th of December, which will also be the last 2 races this year.

Madonna di Campiglio is a village and a ski resort locates in the northeastern part of Italy. The village lies in Cal Rendena at 1.522m (4,993ft) above sea level. The ski arena regularly hosts World Cup alpine skiing as well as snowboarding races. In addition, the village hosts Scuderia Ferrari Formula One, Ducati Corse in MotoGP, Stella Lapina Rally, it’s the location for the finish of Giro d’Italia race and more. In the Slalom Race last year in Madonna di Campiglio, we saw Marcel Hirscher winning only 0.04s in front of 2nd placed Luca Aerni and 0.05s in front of Henrik Kristoffersen. Both Hirscher and Kristoffersen have stood on the podium here 3 races in a row. Out of these 3 times, Henrik Kristoffersen won twice, whereas Marcel Hirscher won once.

Will Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen once again battle for the 1st spot or will we see Loic Meillard joining the battle for the win?

After winning his last race Marcel Hirscher has become the most successful Austrian skier in history, surpassing Annemarie Pröll-Moser with his 63 World Cup wins in his career. This also places him 3rd in all-time rankings, behind Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). Not only is he now the most successful Austrian skier and 3rd best in the history of the sport, but Marcel Hirscher is also the first and only skier to achieve 14 wins in a single calendar year, and with 3 more races ahead of him, he could potentially make it 17. In his career, Hirscher has won 29 slalom races, most recently in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. At Madonna di Campiglio, Hirscher won in 2012 and last season, With a win here, he would become one of the 4 skiers to win 2 successive World Cup slalom races in the Italian ski resorts and the first man to win the first 3 slalom races of a season.  All in all, Hirscher has proven to be a strong competitor for the first place in every Slalom race and we do believe he is a favourite to win here as well. With surprisingly high odds on Pinnacle (1.69) we will take the bet.

Henrik Kristoffersen has finished on the podium in the last 11 World Cup slalom races, which is only 1 shy of reaching the men’s record, currently held by Ingemar Stenmark. With his 14 World Cup slalom wins, he is also only 1 short of reaching the 4th place in all-time rankings among men. With 14 wins in slalom, he is also 2nd best Norwegian skier looking at the number of wins in a single discipline. Current leader: Aksel Lund Svindal with 17 wins in Super-G. As for this venue, Henrik Kristoffersen has won twice; in 2015 and 2016 but was beaten by Marcel Hirscher in 2017 who denied Kristoffersen reaching 3 consecutive wins at Madonna di Campiglio. We might once again see Kristoffersen and Hirscher competing for the top spot and I do not believe there will be a huge margin separating them. Kristoffersen performed well in the last race but a mistake he made in the 1st run cost him a better finish.

Felix Neurether has collected a total of 37 podium finishes in slalom races which is only 1 shy of reaching Benjamin Reich at 6th place of all time. At Madonna di Campiglio Neurether has won once, in 2014, which was his 8th win in Slalom events. Up until now, Felix Neurather has won in 13 events, 11 out of which were in Slalom races, 1 in Giant Slalom and 1 in Parallel Slalom. The last time he finished on the podium was on 12th of November 2017 in Levi, where he won but failed to do so ever since. Despite high odds offered on him, we do not believe he is in a form to compete with other athletes like Hirscher, Kristoffersen, Meillard and others.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Outright Marcel Hirscher 1.689 1.44 1 Unit Lost
Winning Margin 0 to and including 0.19s / 5-00 1 Unit Lost
Men's Slalom - Saalbach-Hinterglemm (AUT)

Men’s Slalom – Saalbach-Hinterglemm (AUT)

After the first race in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, men skiers are getting ready for the Slalom event, which will take place on 19th of December. Looking back at the Giant Slalom race, where do we start? The clear favourite, Marcel Hirscher finished only 6th, 0.77s too slow, in fact, none of the favourites even finished on the podium. Instead, it was Zan Kranjec, who won the 1st race of his career and got his 2nd podium finish, after achieving a 3rd place in Alta Badia in 2017. In the second place, we saw Loic Millard (+0.19), who finished last season 9th in Giant Slalom standings and now has his first podium finish in his career. At third place, it was Mathieu Faivre (+0.50), who got his 6th Giant Slalom podium finish in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. The top 2 skiers proved to be a class above all others, as 3rd place and up was already half a second behind Kranjec. In addition, only the top 8 places were within 1s behind Kranjec, whereas 9th placed de Aliprandini was already 1.48s too slow.

Now that we know what happened in the last event in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, we need to quickly peek at the last Slalom race which took place on 18th of November 2018 in Levi. The second Slalom race was planned to happen on 9th of December in Val d’Isere, but due to heavy snowfall, it was rescheduled to Saalbach-Hinterglemm, where the skiers will compete today. In Levi, the top 3 skiers were; Marcel Hirscher 1st, with Henrik Kristoffersen only 0.09s behind him and Andre Myhrer at the 3rd place, a whole 1.41s behind Hirscher. With only 1 Slalom race behind us, we will be looking at the 2nd race Slalom of the season and 13th event in all disciplines.

With his disappointing performance in the Giant Slalom event, Marcel Hirscher is still at 62 World Cup wins, which puts him at the 3rd all-time standings. He is currently only behind Lindsey Vonn (82) and Ingemar Stenmark (86). In his career, Marcel Hirscher has won 28 slalom races, which also puts him in the 3rd spot in all-time standings, with only Alberto Tomba (35) and Ingemar Stenmark (40) with more Slalom wins in their careers. As for his recent performances in Slalom events, Hirscher has won last 8 out of 9 slalom races in World Cup and is not on a winning streak of 3 consecutive wins. The only time he has failed to win a Slalom race in the last 9 races, he has still finished on the podium, in that regard he has finished on the podium in the last 9/9 Slalom races. Despite his underwhelming performance in the Giant Slalom, we expect Hirscher to win this one, like he usually does, with Kristoffersen a fraction of a second behind him.

In Austria, Henrik Kristoffersen has won 4 out of the last 6 Slalom races. IN total, Kristoffersen has won 5 World Cup Slalom races in Austria, which makes him 4th most successful Slalom skier in Austria, with Ingemar Stenmark leading that list (9 wins in Austria). Looking at the last 10 Slalom races, Kristoffersen has finished on the podium in the last 10 races, which means he is only 2 podium finishes away from an all-time record of 12 consecutive podiums. In Austria, Kristoffersen has achieved a total of 7 podium finishes. We expect another good performance from Kristoffersen and with that, a podium finish does seem plausible, but we will not be betting on a podium finish for him today.

I could go on and talk about other athletes, but we have seen that Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen are on their own level when it comes to slalom. We might see an underdog surprising us all, but as always, that is not likely to happen. I expect Hirscher and Kristoffersen to battle it out for the 1st spot, with only a fraction of a second separating them, just like we saw time and time again.

Market Prediction Pinnacle Odds Bet 365 Odds Stake Won / Lost
Outright Marcel Hirscher 1.952 1.83 3 Units Won
Winning Margin 0 to and including 0.19 s / 4 1 Unit Lost