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FIS Skiing Sölden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away
10-26-2013, 04:01 AM
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FIS Skiing Sölden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away
FIS Skiing 2013 Sölden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away. It is all beginning.

Glacier Stadium
Rettenbach Glacier

The stadium on the Rettenbach Glacier provides a state-of-the-art infrastructure for spectators, athlets, press and technicians - and all under one roof:
1500 seats
sanitary facilities
press center with 100 work stations

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Friday, 25.10.2013
01.00 - 04.00 pm FIS FORUM ALPINUM Freizeit Arena Sölden
06.30 pm Women's bib number drawing Postplatz square - Sölden center
KRONE World Cup Party

Saturday. 26.10.2013
09:30 am 1st run Women's GSL Rettenbach glacier
12:45 pm 2nd run Women's GSL Rettenbach glacier
afterwards Flower ceremony Women's GSL Rettenbach glacier
Ö3 Party Rettenbach glacier
05:00 pm Parade of Fan Clubs Sölden village center
06:30 pm Official prize giving ceremony - Women's GSL Postplatz sqare - Sölden center
06:45 pm Men's bib number drawing Postplatz square - Sölden center
KRONE World Cup Party from 07:00 pm RACE PARTY
"Die dicken Kinder" live on stage
DJ Rudyru, admission € 8 Freizeit Arena Sölden

Sunday, 27.10.2013
09:30 am 1st run Men's GSL Rettenbach glacier
12:45 pm 2nd run Men's GSL Rettenbach glacier
afterwards Flower & Price giving ceremony Rettenbach glacier
Ö3 Party Glacier Party Rettenbach glacier
Awarding of the best Fan Clubs

High hopes and pressure on Tina Maze, Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin. This is an Olympic year and the pressure is extremely high in Europe.

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10-26-2013, 04:21 AM
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RE: FIS Skiing Solden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away
The Course
Solden, Austria. Glacier in the Austrian Alps.

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We are less than a day from the moment the FIS Audi Ski World Cup launches again! After a rainy night in the Ötztal valley, Sölden (AUT) woke up to a clear blue sky. Sunny conditions are forecasted until the end of the week. This, combined with very good snow conditions will allow the athletes to put in a great show for the delight of all the fans expected to flock to the Rettenbach glacier this weekend.

One year ago, Slovenia’s Tina Maze began her outstanding season by winning the giant slalom race ahead of Austria’s Kathrin Zettel and her team mate Stefanie Koehle.

On the men’s side, victory went to USA’s World Champion Ted Ligety who skied over 2 seconds faster than the runner-up of that day Manfred Moelgg from Italy. Austria’s Marcel Hirscher was rounding out the podium, just starting his impressive top 3 streak.

So what’s in store for the new season and what’s at stake in the upcoming races here in Sölden?

World Cup winner Tina Maze could become on Saturday the first woman in World Cup history to win four giant slalom races at one venue. She already holds the ladies' record at Sölden with three World Cup giant slalom victories there, in 2002 (tied with Austria's Nicole Hosp and Norway's Andrine Flemmen), 2005 and 2012. Another interesting data about Tina Maze is that, apart from her three wins, Maze has never finished on the giant slalom podium in Sölden. It's either the top of the podium or nothing!

Kathrin Zettel seems to be comfortable on the Rettenbach slope since she is chasing a record of a fifth giant slalom podium in Sölden. If she makes it, Sölden will become her outright second most successful World Cup venue, in terms of podiums, in all disciplines, after Aspen where she landed 8 podiums.

Sölden turns out to be the right fit for European nations. Fourteen of the 15 ladies' World Cup giant slalom races in Sölden have been won by European skiers, including a three-way European tie for first in 2002. The only non-European victory was courtesy of Lindsey Vonn (USA) in 2011.

The American four-time Overall World Cup champion won’t be at the start this Saturday. She still needs some more training to be at her best level as she stated on her Facebook page: "My training camp in Sölden went very well and I made great progress, but I feel that I need more training before I start racing again...which means the Sölden race is not in the cards this year!"

On Sunday, Ted Ligety could continue his reign by winning here for the third year in succession. With a third victory, Ligety would equal Hermann Maier (AUT) for the most men's World Cup giant slalom wins in Sölden. Maier won in Sölden in 1998, 2000 and 2005. Some also very impressive stuff: Ligety made the podium in all eight World Cup giant slaloms last season and can make his ninth consecutive GS podium. The last time he missed the podium in a World Cup giant slalom race was when he came 25th in the 2012 World Cup finals in Schladming.

The battle might be tougher this year. All the racers got one whole season to adapt to the new skis introduced last winter. Ligety’s skills allowed him to adapt to that change the best way. His biggest challenger for the giant slalom title last season Marcel Hirscher will give it all to win in Sölden for the first time.

Rising star Alexis Pinturault from France definitely showed last season that he is capable to turn the Big Two into a Big Three. Pinturault was the only other man apart from Ligety and Hirscher to make multiple giant slalom podiums last season, with three. Those three podiums came in the last three GS races of the season. The young French ski racer finished second in the 2011 Sölden giant slalom in his only appearance there. He missed last year's race with an ankle injury.

With return of USA’s Bode Miller and Switzerland’s Beat Feuz who both missed the entire season last year because of knee injuries and the quality of the whole alpine skiers family, many other names are capable of topping the time sheets in the upcoming races. This is surely going to be a thrilling weekend of action.

So tune in! Here is the program:

Saturday 26.10.2013: Ladies GS 1st run 9:30 CET – 2nd run 12:45 CET

Sunday 27.10.2013: Men’s GS 1st run 9:30 CET - 2nd run 12:45 CET
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10-26-2013, 04:24 AM
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RE: FIS Skiing Solden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away
FIS developed YouTube trailers of edited footage for this year!

This season we have some seriously BIG news for all ski fans!

Finally this year highlights from most* of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races will be made available by Infront on the official FIS YouTube channels. After each World Cup, a three minute clip will be uploaded to YouTube within six hours after the end of each race free of charge to fans around the world.

Enjoy this action packed video as a teaser for what is to come!

*This excludes the World Cups in Austria
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10-26-2013, 04:29 AM
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RE: FIS Skiing Solden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away
4 hours away.


Soelden (AUT)Giant Slalom - Ladies - World Cup

Race Details

Run 1
Start Time: 09:30
Number of gates: 48
Turning gates: 45
Coursesetter: P.Y. FRA

Run 2
Start Time: 12:45
Coursesetter: L.MAGONI ITA

Course Details
Run 1

Start altitude
3040 m
Finish altitude
2670 m

Run 2

Start altitude
3040 m
Finish altitude
2670 m

Start List 1st run

Event's Races

27.10.2013 World Cup - Men

Jury Details
TD FIS: Hofer Franz (SUI)
Chief of Race: A.ARNOLD AUT
Organisation Information

Skiclub Soelden
Fr. Maria Falkner
Dorfstr. 115
6450 Soelden
Phone: 43-5254-508113
Fax: 43-5254-508120
Email: [email protected]

Race Commentary

The GS course is set by France, which should give Tessa Worley and the other French racers a possible advantage. Most likely it will move Tessa up in the standings and increase the pressure on the competition making for a great race!
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10-26-2013, 04:33 AM
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RE: FIS Skiing Solden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away
LIVE TIMING on Standby as the light of a winter dawn approaches.
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10-26-2013, 05:03 AM
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RE: FIS Skiing Solden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away
The starting order is anxiously awaited.
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10-26-2013, 06:29 AM
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RE: FIS Skiing Sölden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away
61 minutes away. 08:29 AM now!
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10-26-2013, 06:32 AM
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RE: FIS Skiing Sölden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away
Fascinating discussion with the FIS Solden Race Directors
23 October 2013 08:24

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Chat with the FIS Race Directors: Atle Skaardal and Guenter Hujara

On the eve of the 2013/14 season, FIS interviewed the ladies' and men's Chief Race Directors Atle Skaardal and Guenter Hujara to share their thoughts on the ...

n the eve of the 2013/14 season, FIS interviewed the ladies' and men's Chief Race Directors Atle Skaardal and Guenter Hujara to share their thoughts on the upcoming season.

With only a few days to go until the Season Opening in Soelden, what are your thoughts on the upcoming weekend?

Atle Skaardal: “Over the years Soelden has established itself as a really important date in the ski community. It not only marks the Opening of the FIS Alpine World Cup season but it is also a great opportunity for anyone passionate about skiing to see some spectacular winter pictures in the media and on TV already at the end of October. For the teams on the other hand, the timing of this race is a good opportunity to measure the work done over the summer while still giving them a chance to make some small adjustments in their training before the season goes full force after Levi.”

Guenter Hujara: “It’s important to start the season with a good race. In my 23 years as Chief Race Director I have done thousands of races and every event, every run has been the most important one, especially during the week it’s happening. Soelden will be the first race of my last season in this position and I plan to approach it with the same philosophy. We have winter conditions on the Rettenbach Glacier and everything is ready for a great event.”

What are you looking forward to the most in the 2013/14 season and what do you predict as the highlights?

Guenter Hujara: “This season the highlight will for sure be the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. It’s an event where all athletes have to go through a qualification process and the competition be selected even to participate is fierce especially for the bigger nations. I have no doubt that we will see a lot of great performances both before and during the Games, everyone wants to be in top shape. I am also really excited to see some new faces making a name for themselves this year, it’s something that happens every season when there is a big event.”

Atle Skaardal: “The World Cup itself is a big highlight for the racers. I know that on the ladies’ side there will be various skiers aiming for the Overall title. I am personally excited about the Nations Team Event in Innsbruck, I believe it will be a great event for both teams and spectators. I look forward to the races in Beaver Creek, where the ladies will have their first chance to test the new downhill slope which will be used at the Vail/Beaver Creek FIS World Championships in 2015. But let’s not forget the Olympics, of course that is going to be a highlight.”

Are there any particular challenges you think will arise?

Guenter Hujara: “The biggest challenge remains one we cannot influence – the weather! We always want to provide the best possible conditions, and they are once again going to be our priority. We try to educate people who work on the slopes, we provide all the tools for them to do the best they can under every circumstance but in the end the weather itself is something we cannot change.”

Atle Skaardal: “Safety has been our focus in the past and will remain a priority in the future. We work closely with the Organisers to ensure the best possible conditions, to have great slopes, but skiing remains a sport with higher injury risk, as there are a lot of changing factors in every race. We try to bring surprises to the minimum.
On the event side of things, the competition with other sports is tough and we keep working on improving our product and offering fans and spectators a well-rounded and enjoyable weekend experience.”

Last month the new FIS Alpine World Cup technical staff from 2014 was appointed. Are you looking forward to the season ahead before these changes?

Guenter Hujara: “Putting together the new team, which will replace myself, Helmut Schmalzl and Hans Pieren has been a process that started over a year and a half ago. We wanted to have a clear transition plan in place enough time in advance. The idea was also to give the opportunity to the new team to observe some events prior to stepping into their new roles, look over our shoulder during this season and learn from our experiences. We focused on creating a legacy that the new team could take over and adapt to the future needs of our sport. I believe the future is going to be even better than the past, that’s the goal.”

Atle Skaardal: I am really happy with how the team will look form the 2014/15 season on. Jan Tischhauser is highly motivated to have a great 21st and last season with the ladies’ team and we are confident that Jean-Philippe Vulliet is going to do a great job once he takes over. He is a very knowledgeable, modest and serious addition to our team and I am confident he will fit right in. The plan is for him to shadow Jan this season at most speed races, get to know the Organising Committees and learn the ins and outs of his new role.”
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10-26-2013, 06:55 AM
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RE: FIS Skiing Sölden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away
Here we go FIS Results LIVE is up. 30 minutes to first forerunner start.
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10-26-2013, 07:01 AM
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RE: FIS Skiing Sölden, Austria Opener 5 hrs away

1 55947 FENNINGER Anna 1989 AUT Head
2 205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER Nordica
3 516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI Rossignol
4 55838 ZETTEL Kathrin 1986 AUT Atomic
5 565243 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO Stoeckli
6 206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria 1984 GER Head
7 196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA Rossignol
8 505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica 1984 SWE Rossignol
9 297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA Rossignol
10 55898 BREM Eva-Maria 1988 AUT Voelkl
11 505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE Rossignol
12 55818 KOEHLE Stefanie 1986 AUT Voelkl
13 515747 GISIN Dominique 1985 SUI Dynastar
14 537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA Head
15 6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA Atomic
16 55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT Head
17 55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT Atomic
18 296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA Dynastar
19 196793 MARMOTTAN Anemone 1988 FRA Rossignol
20 105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN Rossignol
21 295445 KARBON Denise 1980 ITA Fischer
22 196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA Fischer
23 196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA Head
24 505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE Rossignol
25 106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier 1988 CAN Rossignol
26 296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA Rossignol
27 297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA Atomic
28 196179 BERTRAND Marion 1984 FRA Fischer
29 206367 HRONEK Veronique 1991 GER Fischer
30 425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth 1991 NOR Atomic
31 56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT Head
32 306249 HASEGAWA Emi 1986 JPN
33 197319 BAUD Adeline 1992 FRA Rossignol
34 425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR Voelkl
35 298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA Atomic
36 506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE Atomic
37 355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE Atomic
38 425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR Rossignol
39 505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE Head
40 506664 FJAELLSTROEM Magdalena 1995 SWE Head
41 297171 FANCHINI Sabrina 1988 ITA Dynastar
42 55977 THALMANN Carmen 1989 AUT Head
43 565331 LAVTAR Katarina 1988 SLO Voelkl
44 538284 MCJAMES Megan 1987 USA
45 306977 MUKOUGAWA Sakurako 1992 JPN
46 155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE Rossignol
47 55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea 1985 AUT Voelkl
48 515766 SUTER Fabienne 1985 SUI Stoeckli
49 197651 DIREZ Clara 1995 FRA Dynastar
50 516394 SUTER Jasmina 1995 SUI Voelkl
51 206444 HOESL Simona 1992 GER Fischer
52 296379 GIANESINI Giulia 1984 ITA Fischer
53 205239 WIRTH Barbara 1989 GER
54 298084 AGERER Lisa Magdalena 1991 ITA Atomic
55 305962 HANAOKA Moe 1984 JPN
56 106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN Rossignol
57 485731 ROMANOVA Anastasia 1993 RUS
58 516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI Rossignol
59 435210 GASIENICA- GLADCZAN Agnieszka 1987 POL Rossignol
60 35079 SIMARI BIRKNER Maria Belen 1982 ARG Rossignol
61 197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA Rossignol
62 705394 KANTOROVA Barbara 1992 SVK Rossignol
63 45331 SMALL Greta 1995 AUS
64 565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO Rossignol
65 385041 NOVOSELIC Sofija 1990 CRO Salomon
66 495318 RUIZ CASTILLO Carolina 1981 SPA Salomon
67 665009 SHKANOVA Maria 1989 BLR

It's going to be tough. Zettel is back from her injury last year. Zettel will be out for blood.

It's had to predict without knowing what the off-season training was for each, but here is my predictions:

1. Maze
2. Fenninger
3. Rebensburg
4. Zettel
5. Shiffrin
6. Worley or HANSDOTTER
7. Fanchini
8. Gut
10. Brignone

HANSDOTTER was very frustrated last season with many 2nd places, she may have had a rugged summer training physically and mentally and she may be one to watch.

SHIFFRIN will be gunning, but it will depend how much weight she was able to pack on in the Summer training. Expect Shiffrin to gain a few pounds of muscle, as she keeps growing, between now and Sochi. The main thing about Shiffrin is her mind, she has extreme focus. Growing up she rather just run gates than waste time travelling to get a trophy somewhere.
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