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20 Mar 2016 14:42

I'm really happy for Brem, durning the last 2 seasons she finished in the top 10 in every single GS, she really deserved to win the gs world cup.
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15 Sep 2016 22:12

Only one one month and a week to go before the next season starts. HYYYYYYYPE :D

Short news update for everyone who doesn't read the latest skiing news every week, like Austrians like me:
- There were rumors about Miller doing the 60th comeback of his career, but unfortunately he announced that at least this season he won't ski.
- Svindal's injuries after his crash seem to be worse than expected. He won't be able to make a comeback in the next months and there even is the danger he will never be able to participate in races again.
- Maze still hasn't said anything about a possible comeback. One and a half years ago she announced she won't ski for one season and then return to the world cup but her latest statement is that she still doesn't know if she wants to return.
- Anna Fenninger will never participate in a ski race again...since she married and is now called Anna Veith. She will make her comeback this year however she doesn't know yet if she will already be ready for Sölden
- Vonn will return to the world cup too. However she announced that her major goal for the season are race wins and not the overall world cup, since she wants to beat Stenmark's record of 86 wins. Nevertheless I don't think that means that much since Vonn in top shape usually wins so many races that she gets a factor for the overall world cup anyway.

I think thats the most important news. Right now I hope for a battle between Hirscher, Kristoffersen and maybe Pinturault for the men's overall world cup and Fenninger, Gut, Shiffrin and Vonn for the women's overall world cup. I think in the men's races there won't be a dominator for the speed disciplines since I don't see Jansrud getting into his late 2014 shape again. Therefore I think the best we can hope for is a good battle between the dominators of slalom and giant slalom and a very open super-g and downhill season.
In the women's world cup Shiffrin is probably the big favorite. Vonn said she doesn't want to focus on the world cup so she probably will skip a few races which is a disadvantage for her. Shiffrin however is by far the best slalom skier and will probably also win a few giant slaloms. Meanwhile Gut and Fenninger + possibly Weirather are all good in the same disciplines therefore there probably won't be one woman dominating in the speed disciplines which is why I think nobody will be able to beat Shiffrin.
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15 Sep 2016 23:10

Gigs_98 wrote:Only one one month and a week to go before the next season starts. HYYYYYYYPE :D

Short news update for everyone who doesn't read the latest skiing news every week, like Austrians like me:
- There were rumors about Miller doing the 60th comeback of his career, but unfortunately he announced that at least this season he won't ski.
- Svindal's injuries after his crash seem to be worse than expected. He won't be able to make a comeback in the next months and there even is the danger he will never be able to participate in races again.
- Maze still hasn't said anything about a possible comeback. One and a half years ago she announced she won't ski for one season and then return to the world cup but her latest statement is that she still doesn't know if she wants to return.
- Anna Fenninger will never participate in a ski race again...since she married and is now called Anna Veith. She will make her comeback this year however she doesn't know yet if she will already be ready for Sölden
- Vonn will return to the world cup too. However she announced that her major goal for the season are race wins and not the overall world cup, since she wants to beat Stenmark's record of 86 wins. Nevertheless I don't think that means that much since Vonn in top shape usually wins so many races that she gets a factor for the overall world cup anyway.

I think thats the most important news. Right now I hope for a battle between Hirscher, Kristoffersen and maybe Pinturault for the men's overall world cup and Fenninger, Gut, Shiffrin and Vonn for the women's overall world cup. I think in the men's races there won't be a dominator for the speed disciplines since I don't see Jansrud getting into his late 2014 shape again. Therefore I think the best we can hope for is a good battle between the dominators of slalom and giant slalom and a very open super-g and downhill season.
In the women's world cup Shiffrin is probably the big favorite. Vonn said she doesn't want to focus on the world cup so she probably will skip a few races which is a disadvantage for her. Shiffrin however is by far the best slalom skier and will probably also win a few giant slaloms. Meanwhile Gut and Fenninger + possibly Weirather are all good in the same disciplines therefore there probably won't be one woman dominating in the speed disciplines which is why I think nobody will be able to beat Shiffrin.



Well someone is excited, eh?! A bit early for me to think about too much, but just enough to warrant a response.

I am not as into alpine skiing as I am nordic, but I certainly try to watch the races I can. To start, I really hope we see a good winter, with much natural snow and good conditions. I know that's a lot to ask for these days (years, really), but you live and hope.

Anyway, I am a fan of Maze, and unfortunately she was mentally and physically 'cooked' after the 2014-2015 season. She started slow that year, but peaked when it mattered most, won a couple more world titles and was going back and forth with Fenninger and won 3edals total. I think 2009-2015 she was a top 3-5 in every single discipline, and 2011-2015 she was arguably the best overall skier on the WC circuit, with 2013 being her best. She broke the all time points tally for a WC with 2000+ points, which is quite remarkable, if you ask me.

Long story short, I am not sure what she'll decide on, as this is a world championship season, and next year it's the Olympics, but if she does decide to race for another year or two, she'll pick her races and have a lighter schedule, focusing solely on winning more major medals. Not sure if she's as interested in winning more overall titles, perhaps a discipline title, but that would require more races, though doing more of one discipline and not the others would save energy, but that's just how I see it. I think it's 50/50 that she'll keep going.

Fenninger (now Veith) should be back to good form. She's still 27 and has another 5-6 years of top level skiing if she stays healthy and motivated.

Gut is even younger, but I don't think she's quite at Veith's level. Again, my opinion.

Not a fan of Vonn, but if she's in form, expect a few more speed victories.

Shiffrin will still dominate slalom. I just don't see anyone dethroning her. Perhaps there will be individual performances that she'll fail to win, but she is so consistent in the technical events, it would take another talent like herself to beat her or challenge her on a regular basis.

Weirather is also there, obviously. She''ll contend.

As I said in the beginning, I don't follow alpine in great detail, especially the offseason, but I'll go out on a limb and say the Austrians, Americans, Swiss, Swedes and a few sprinkles of Slovenians, Canadians, Norwegians, Weirather, etc will be competing for top placings.

The Men's field figures to be, as ever, an Austrian domination, particularly now that Svindal is out with that significant injury. Miller is retired. Ligety is 32 but the GS is still his strength and he'll compete tough. Kostelic isssss, retired as well, or what? I cheer for him, but I think he's too old now to compete for medals.

The Austrians will dominated again. Hirscher will do his thing. The French will offer some good residence, but the Austrians always have the advantage in terms of strength in depth.

The Norwegians, Jansrud and Kristoffersen will fly the flag in Svindal's absence and really, those are pretty darn good replacements.

Ligety will still have some juice left for the GS, and there will always be a podium here or there for Americans in the speed events. Probably another shock result from Andrew Weibrecht, the ultimate sandbagger! Doesn't do much during the season or a couple seasons, then shows up World's and wins a medal.

There are others that will play a role, but I'll leave it for someone else to continue!
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22 Oct 2016 12:31

Crazy that the season has already started again, it feels like only a few weeks ago that it was still summer.

Anyway, it looks as if we will have a good duel for the women's world cup this year, between Gut and Shiffrin. Unfortunately Veith (Fenninger) is still injured, so I doubt that she will have a chance.
Btw, Maze announced her retirement. She will only participate in one race this year, which will be her home event in Maribor.
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26 Oct 2016 18:56

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Starting where he left off Alexis Pinturault of France took the Opening Giant Slalom, in Soelden, AUT.
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26 Oct 2016 20:43

An insider told me that Maze never really had the intention to make a comeback, the whole team around her already got dissolved when she took a break, but she still had a few contracts with her sponsors and would have lost out on some money if she officially retiered.
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27 Oct 2016 13:19

All in one weekend
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Lara Gut, SUI takes the Opening GS in Solden, Austria
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Mikaela USA 2nd
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Marta Bassino ITA 3rd
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Meanwhile in Austin Texas it was a meeting of Champions. Lindsey Vonn and Lewis Hamilton Defending F1 Champion. (Take a deep breath Haters, before you blow a fuse! It's only Sports, not the Presidential elections! HAHAHAHAHA)
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27 Oct 2016 17:01

Btw, I think I'm becoming a fan of Bassino. She has an absolutely beautiful skiing style and she is only 20 years old. I think she'll become very successful.
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27 Oct 2016 17:10

nowhereman wrote:All in one weekend
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Lara Gut, SUI takes the Opening GS in Solden, Austria
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Mikaela USA 2nd
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Marta Bassino ITA 3rd
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Meanwhile in Austin Texas it was a meeting of Champions. Lindsey Vonn and Lewis Hamilton Defending F1 Champion. (Take a deep breath Haters, before you blow a fuse! It's only Sports, not the Presidential elections! HAHAHAHAHA)



I think it's a tight race between Lolo Jones and Lindsey Vonn as far as who the biggest media attention seeker is.
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27 Oct 2016 19:45

Gigs_98 wrote:Btw, I think I'm becoming a fan of Bassino. She has an absolutely beautiful skiing style and she is only 20 years old. I think she'll become very successful.

Bassino is also a lightweight (at least by Alpine Skiing standarts), she only weights 56kg.
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27 Oct 2016 19:54

Mayomaniac wrote:
Gigs_98 wrote:Btw, I think I'm becoming a fan of Bassino. She has an absolutely beautiful skiing style and she is only 20 years old. I think she'll become very successful.

Bassino is also a lightweight (at least by Alpine Skiing standarts), she only weights 56kg.

Initially I thought you meant alcohol-wise
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27 Oct 2016 20:36

Brullnux wrote:
Mayomaniac wrote:
Gigs_98 wrote:Btw, I think I'm becoming a fan of Bassino. She has an absolutely beautiful skiing style and she is only 20 years old. I think she'll become very successful.

Bassino is also a lightweight (at least by Alpine Skiing standarts), she only weights 56kg.

Initially I thought you meant alcohol-wise

Why is that your first association? :lol:
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27 Oct 2016 21:08

Gigs_98 wrote:
Brullnux wrote:
Mayomaniac wrote:
Gigs_98 wrote:Btw, I think I'm becoming a fan of Bassino. She has an absolutely beautiful skiing style and she is only 20 years old. I think she'll become very successful.

Bassino is also a lightweight (at least by Alpine Skiing standarts), she only weights 56kg.

Initially I thought you meant alcohol-wise

Why is that your first association? :lol:

I guess lightweight in England is mainly used for alcohol, rather than weight especially among young people. Light by itself is more commonly used for weight.
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04 Nov 2016 16:36

Brem injured and out for the whole season. This season starts like the last one ended. :o
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07 Nov 2016 21:25

http://www.skiracing.com/stories/kristoffersen-to-skip-levi-due-to-continuing-sponsor-conflict

I can't believe this. This is the exact same bs conflict which Fenninger had one year ago. Why can't they just ski, like they are supposed to do. But instead Kristoffersen has to sue his national confederation, Vonn is too busy selling her books and half of the good skiers are injured. What is going on in this sport in the last years? :o
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12 Nov 2016 23:39

I've never skied before, just watch TV. This season is so stunning that I think to try it. My friends suggested me to begin with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and recommended to look for the free accommodation there, you know this thing like couchsurfing (http://swap-house.com/host/germany/ ) I'm not a Lindsey Vonn, hard try, but I cheer her during a long time. I'm bad at all kinds of sports. So I ask pros, where the best place to start? For the total newbie in skiing. Maybe someone knows exactly the name of skiing school or teacher.
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13 Nov 2016 11:19

JaraM wrote:I've never skied before, just watch TV. This season is so stunning that I think to try it. My friends suggested me to begins with Garmisch-Partenkirchen and recommend to look for the free accommodation there, you know this thing like couchsurfing (http://swap-house.com/host/germany/ ) I'm not a Lindsey Vonn, hard try, but I cheer her during a long time. I'm bad in all kind of sports. So I ask pros, where the best place to start? For the total newbie in skiing. Maybe someone know exactly the name of skiing school or teacher.

I have never been in Garmisch (an Austrian would never go to Germany to go skiing :D ) so I don't know how the skiing region is. Personally my favorite region is Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, but a great region for beginners is Schöneben in South-Tyrol. The slopes aren't extremely difficult but always in a perfect condition and there aren't as many people as in regions like Kitzbühel. Unfortunately I can't give you advice about a skiing school though (but I honestly think there isn't such a huge difference between the quality of skiing schools)
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13 Nov 2016 12:44

Massive upset yesterday: someone was within 1 second of Shiffrin
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13 Nov 2016 13:56

Brullnux wrote:Massive upset yesterday: someone was within 1 second of Shiffrin

Thank god Hirscher won with over 1 second advantage today. I wouldn't be able to stand this tension for two days in a row :o
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13 Nov 2016 23:21

Gigs_98 wrote:I have never been in Garmisch (an Austrian would never go to Germany to go skiing :D ) so I don't know how the skiing region is. Personally my favorite region is Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis, but a great region for beginners is Schöneben in South-Tyrol.


Thank you very much! I will think about South-Tyrol. I'm going google this region ;)
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