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.

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.

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