On 21st and 22nd December, we will see the 12th and 13th skiing event for women this season. The events will take place in Courchevel, where women will compete in Giant Slalom on 21st December and Slalom on 22nd December. This will also be the last event before a short Christmas break, which will end on 28th of December when women will compete in Semmering in Giant Slalom and Slalom races.
Looking at this season, the last race took place in Val Gardena as a replacement for Val d’Isere where Downhill and Super-G were both cancelled due to lack of snow. In the first race in Val Gardena (Downhill), we saw Ilka Stuhec finishing 1st, 0.14s in front of Nicol Delago and 0.51s in front of Ramona SIebenhofer. The second event in Val Gardena (Super-G) was once more won by Ilka Stuhec by only a fraction of a second (0.05s). At second place, we saw 2 skiers; Tina Weirather and Nicole Schmidhofer. Jasmine Flury finished 4th, 0.06s behind Stuhec, which meant she missed her 2nd podium finish in her career by 0.01s.
The last Giant Slalom for women took place in Killington, where Federica Brignone finished 1st, almost half a second in front of Ragnhild Mowinckel (+0.49) and 0.78s in front of Stephanie Brunner. That was the first win of the season for Brignone and her 2nd podium finish of 2018/19 season, after finishing 2nd in Sölden. Last seasons Giant Slalom champion Viktoria Rebensburg did not finish the race in Killington and has not yet won a race this season. She did, however, finish 3rd in Super-G race in Lake Louise.
The next event, as said will take place in Courchevel French Alps ski resort which is located on the western part of France in the French Alps. The Giant Slalom race itself will take place on Emile Allais ski slope, which was named after a famous French alpine skier, who has 8 World Championship medals (4 gold, 4 silver) and a bronze medal in the 1936 Olympic games. Looking at the last season races in Courchevel, we saw Mikaela Shiffrin winning both Giant Slalom as well as Parallel Slalom events. In the Giant Slalom, Tessa Worley finished the race 2nd, well behind Shiffrin (0.99s). At the third place, Manuela Moelgg finished 1.01s behind Shiffrin.
Will Mikaela Shiffrin continue with her spectacular performances this season and add her 2nd consecutive win in Giant Slalom at Courchevel or will her absence from Val Gardena to train for Courchevel events be all for nothing?
We did not see Mikaela Shiffrin competing in Val Gardena, as she was rather getting ready for Courchevel races. With that, we can expect her to perform well here and win a Giant Slalom race, which is the only discipline she has not yet won this season. In her career, she has won 6 World Cup races in Giant Slalom, which is 2nd most among US women, behind Tamara McKinney (9 wins).
Federica Brignone has won the last Giant Slalom race in Killington, which was her 5th Giant Slalom win in her career and 9th win in all disciplines. In addition to winning the race in Killington, Brignone also finished 2nd in Sölden, which means she is sitting at the top of Giant Slalom standings this season. With a total of 5 Giant Slalom wins, she is 3rd most successful Giant Slalom skier among Italian women; only trailing Deborah Compagnoni (13) and Denise Karbon (6). Despite her impressive records, she has not won a World Cup race in France, in fact, she has recorded a DNF in each of her last 3 giant slalom appearances in France.
After winning the first race of the season in Sölden, Tessa Worley has not won a race since. In Killington, she finished 5th in Giant Slalom event, 1.01s behind Brignone and 0.23s too slow to reach the podium. Still, she is currently 2nd on the Giant Slalom standings this season, 35 points behind Brignone. The win in Sölden was her 13th win in her career and 13th win in Giant Slalom. This means she is only 1 Giant Slalom win away from reaching the 3rd place for most Giant Slalom wins all-time. As for her performances in Courchevel, she is the only woman to have collected multiple podium finishes at this venue. She has finished 3rd in 2013 and 2nd last season. With a win here, she would become the first French woman to win on French snow since Carole Montillet-Charles, who won in Val d’Isere in 2002. As for Giant Slalom, the last French woman to win a Giant Slalom race in France was Carole Merle in 1992.
|Market||Prediction||Pinnacle Odds||Bet 365 Odds||Stake||Won / Lost|
|Outright||Mikaela Shiffrin||3.970||3.75||1 Unit||Won|