With the first downhill event behind us, women will go down the track once more in hopes to improve their performance from yesterday’s race.
Looking at yesterday’s race, the result is far from what we have expected. Surprisingly, it was Nicole Schmidhofer who won the first downhill event of the season. This was the 1st win of her career and a great start of this season, after finishing at 11th spot in downhill standings last year. In the 2nd place, we saw Michele Gisin (+0.15), who just like Nicole Schmidhofer surprised us with her performance, but not as much as Kira Weidle who finished 3rd (+0.50). With that, she achieved the 1st podium finish of her career.
Our favourites ended at 5th (Weirather), 6th (Stuhec) and 9th spot (Shiffrin). The standings at the end of the race were surprising, to say the least, and I don’t believe anyone would have imagined those results. So the question is, will the 2nd downhill event end with similar results? Well, not likely… at least to some degree. I’m still a bit confused with the results from yesterdays race. Nicole Schmidhofer has never won a race in her career but somehow managed to defeat the best skiers by more than half a second. Even the third-placed Kira Weidle was a shock for me. Nonetheless, it’s a new day and a new chance for the athletes to show what they are capable of. In this preview, we won’t go into much detail of all the favourites, simply because they were already covered in our previous preview. Instead, I will go straight to the 2 predictions for today’s event.
Michelle Gisin has finished yesterdays race at the 2nd place, which was her 5th World Cup podium in all events and 2nd downhill podium in her career. She has shown she can compete against the best, and we expect her to produce another great finish today. She is even capable of winning today, and with odds of 7, we will happily take the bet.
Tina Weirather did not perform on the level she could yesterday, finishing at a disappointing 5th place. We expected much more from her and I believe she did as well. Today she will have a chance to redeem herself with her 1st win of the season, which will get her closer to her 1st downhill Crystal Globe. With Goggia and Vonn still absent this will most likely be her best chance to win in Lake Louise. Bookmakers are offering odds of 6.00 for Tina Weirather to win, which is simply too high and too good to pass on.
|Market||Prediction||Pinnacle Odds||Bet 365 Odds||Stake||Won / Lost|
|Outright||Tina Weirather||/||6.00||1 Unit||Lost|
|Outright||Michelle Gisin||/||7.00||1 Unit||Lost|