MOSCOW, Oct 22 – R-Sport, Anatoly Samokhvalov. The fiftieth season of the world Cup in Alpine skiing begins with the stage in the Austrian sölden, where on October 22-23, will compete experts in a slalom-giant and those who intend to join the fight for the big Crystal globe.
On Saturday in the opening stage of the world Cup-2016/17 will compete against women on Sunday men.
Start will be without Vonn and Mancuso
At the start in Austria will not work 4-times winner of the overall American Lindsey Vonn and her compatriot, the other a specialist in speed disciplines Julia Mancuso. For both pass non-core stage is not critical, but would be important to fight for the final victory. Vonn in February 2016, being in the lead in the overall standings, received a knee injury and soon prematurely ended the season. Interestingly, in the end it so no one was able to press on the first line of the final Protocol of the downhill.
Ready to start in sölden, the current winner of the world Cup, Lara Gut of Switzerland, which is on giant stages is scheduled to speak 8 times, 9 in the downhill, 7th in super g, 3 – Alpine combination. For supremacy in the giant last season was a bitter struggle between the Austrian Eva-Maria BREM and German Victoria Rebensburg first won just by 2 points. Rebensburg will miss the start in sölden because of advances in training in early October injury to the right knee.
Kryukova in the ranks
The next day, in the men’s competition the giant starts one of the contenders for victory in this view, the Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, the winner of the Crystal globe by the Austrian Marcel Hirscher and Norwegian “slusovice” — one of the favorites in downhill, Hetel of Ancrod and the winner of last year’s super-g Alexander Omodt Kilda.
The Russian team will present Paul Traichev, Anastasia Romanov and 18-year-old Kristina Kryukova, recovered from his multiple injuries. “We want to get points in the world Cup giant slalom in men and for the girls aim to get in the top 20 or top 15 and earn points in the slalom and the giant,” outlined the intentions of the head coach of Russian urban Planinsek.
Khoroshilov must again be in the top 3
The next stage of the world Cup skiers will have to wait until next month, November 12-13, in the Finnish Levi planned competitions of slalom. If the weather is favorable to athletes, unlike last season, leading Russian skier Alexander Khoroshilov won’t stay at the camp. He is currently working in Austria together with the technical team of the national team.
“We have a number of goals this season, there is a very important event – the world Cup in St. Moritz”, — told “R-Sport” head coach of Russians, Planinsek, who expressed his desire “to improve their results, that is, to achieve more than (at the last world Cup) in beaver Creek.” “At the world Cup we want to at least be in the top 3, that is, to receive at least one prize,” said the Slovenian specialist with a clear hint for success Khoroshilova.
Competitors of the Russians will be the global leader in slalom in recent years Hirscher and German Felix Neureuther and Fritz Dopfer facing the task of conquering the catwalk. Both will qualify for the medals in the slalom and the giant. The undisputed favorite among women is three times winner of the men’s slalom, American Mikaela Shiffrin, which expressed their intention to compete for the big Crystal globe, she will participate in non-core downhill.
The super-g and downhill
Men’s downhill and super-G will be held on 23-27 November at the canadian lake Louise, the female – in the same place from 29 November to 4 December. Two-time world Cup winner in the overall standings, the 33-year-old Norwegian Axel Lund Svindal is going to start the season in your favorite racing events, despite the fact that he is only in September completed the course of recovery after a knee injury. World champion-2015 in the super-g Austria’s Hannes Reichelt in the offseason, had surgery on the intervertebral disk, but must soon get in shape.
Two-time Olympic champion and Sochi 2014 in the downhill and the giant Slovenian Tina maze will return to the track after a year break, it made for vacation, but eve announced his retirement during the current season. January’s home stage in Maribor will be her last. Winners of the world Cup in Alpine combination Swiss Wendy Holdener and Frenchman Alexis Pinturo will start the season in Solden directly.
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