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[myedit] Please note that the thread title should read: FISAlpine.

Now that the real racing season is just about over, I'm trending towards cycling. But not quite yet! Most of the Globes have already been decided, and yet some of the most prestigious are up for grabs at the season finale in Lenzerheide: Womens overall, Mens GS, Mens SL and the biggee, Mens DH (Mens SG is still undecieded, yet it is unlikely that Georg Streitberger can overcome a 64 point deficit). Michael Walchofer (AUS) leads Dider Cuche (SUI) by a mere 14 points, which means if either wins the last DH, he wins it all. The calculations for Cuche get problematic for less than a win. (e.g. if Cuche finishes 3rd, to not lose Walchofer must finish higher than 5th; 6th, then Michael must finish 8th or better; 10th: 16th)

I'd like to see Maria Riesch win the overall, but with her absence at last weekends technical events, she has opened the door for Lindsey Vonn's fourth overall title. Jean-Baptiste Grange (down 36 points - SL) has an uphill battle against overall winner Ivica Kostelic and I doubt Ivica will crack that bad. And Ted Ligety should wrap up the mens GS title, barring a serious FU. And until then, you will all have to wait for my full devotion (read banal observations, trite comments, etc) upon affairs cycling.
 
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benpounder said:
Now that the real racing season is just about over, I'm trending towards cycling. But not quite yet! Most of the Globes have already been decided, and yet some of the most prestigious are up for grabs at the season finale in Lenzerheide: Womens overall, Mens GS, Mens SL and the biggee, Mens DH (Mens SG is still undecieded, yet it is unlikely that Georg Streitberger can overcome a 64 point deficit). Michael Walchofer (AUS) leads Dider Cuche (SUI) by a mere 14 points, which means if either wins the last DH, he wins it all. The calculations for Cuche get problematic for less than a win. (e.g. if Cuche finishes 3rd, to not lose Walchofer must finish higher than 5th; 6th, then Michael must finish 8th or better; 10th: 16th)

I'd like to see Maria Riesch win the overall, but with her absence at last weekends technical events, she has opened the door for Lindsey Vonn's fourth overall title. Jean-Baptiste Grange (down 36 points - SL) has an uphill battle against overall winner Ivica Kostelic and I doubt Ivica will crack that bad. And Ted Ligety should wrap up the mens GS title, barring a serious FU. And until then, you will all have to wait for my full devotion (read banal observations, trite comments, etc) upon affairs cycling.
Glad that you enjoy your sport. Sounds too technical and complicated for me.
 
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To be honest Sublimit, my post was half a jab to the few here who rage against others for "only following cycling in July." Also note that I have chosen to live in a town that is particularly inhospitible to cycling for four months every year - it is, however, great for skiing.
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To update, today, Julie Mancuso (USA) won her first DH race in a long time YEA! Lindsey Vonn (USA) jumped ahead - 1705pts - of Maria Riesch (GER) - 1678pts - in the overall standings by finishing 4th to Riesch's 17th. Tomorrow'w SG should suit Vonn, but the weekends technical events - GS and SL - will favor Riesch.

The big news is that Dider Cuche (SUI) vaulted over Michael Walchhofer (AUT) for the DH title by finishing 4th to Walchhofer's 11th. Frenchman Adrien Theaux won the race by the slightest of margins - 0-.01sec - over Austrian Joachim Puchner.
 

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