We take a look at the main contenders for the FIS Alpine World Cup this season!

This weekend sees the first FIS Alpine World Cup races of the season staged in Solden, Austria. Two Giant Slalom races will be held on the Rettenbach glacier, for both the men and women athletes.  

Last season was unfortunately cut short due to the coronavirus, but it saw Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Italy’s Frederica Brignone win the men and women overall titles for last season.  

Who will take top honours this season? We take a look at the main contenders for the 2020/21 FIS Alpine World Cup season.  

 

Slalom

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Men 

Last season’s overall Slalom winner was Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway. It was a tight season between Kristoffersen and France’s Clement Noel to win the overall but the Norwegian's consistency meant he came out on top. It’ll be interesting to see if Noel can improve his finishing rate and challenge again for the top Slalom prize. Now that Marcel Hirscher has retired this discipline is hotly contested by a lot of athletes each race.  

Switzerland’s Daniel Yule after New Year was in spectacular form and could also be a firm contender for the Slalom overall. You never know, we might see Britain’s very own Dave Ryding providing a challenge, trying to add to his Olso and Kitzbuhel World Cup podiums. Fellow Brit Laurie Taylor will be hoping to add to his one top 30 finish in Kitzbuhel last season!  

Ski Club’s prediction: Clement Noel 


Women 

Over in the women’s, Petra Vlhova of Slovakia was victorious and claimed her first Slalom overall. Mikaela Shiffrin, who has dominated the discipline in past years, unfortunately missed a chunk of the season due to her father passing away and coronavirus cutting the season short. Shiffrin will be the bookies’ favourite but Vlhova has ran her close in certain races.  

Outside challengers must be Katharina Liensberger, Wendy Holdener, and Anna Swenn Larsson, all of whom have been close contenders to the podium. Flying the flag for Great Britain will be Charlie Guest and Alex Tilley, who will be looking to cement themselves into the top 30 more often this season.  

Ski Club’s Prediction: Mikaela Shiffrin 

Giant Slalom

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Men

Kristoffersen completed the technical World Cup overall double by winning the Slalom and Giant Slalom disciplines. It was a tight season between Kristoffersen and France’s Alexis Pinturault, with Croatia’s Filip Zubcic and Zan Kranjec of Slovenia not far behind too. USA’s Tommy Ford has also been progressing as a World Cup racer with his first World Cup win last season in Beaver Creek.  

For the Brits, Charlie Raposo will be hoping to get his first top 30 finish after narrowly missing out on a few occasions last season.  

Ski Club’s prediction: Henrik Kristoffersen  

Women 

Federica Brignone won the Giant slalom in style and would’ve definitely run Shiffrin close if she completed the whole season. The Italian showed great consistency throughout last season and will be hoping to the same again this season. Petra Vlhova and Marta Bassino have improved in this discipline and will be looking to challenge for a top spot more often. However, New Zealand’s Alice Robinson is the new star of alpine skiing. Robinson is only 18 and will be looking to add to her two World Cup Giant Slalom wins in her career so far, which could have been more if it wasn’t for injuries last season. Also, look out for 2017 GS champion Tessa Worley’s comeback from injury!  

Britain’s Alex Tilley finished five times in the top 30 last season in Giant Slalom. Her consistency has been encouraging at only 27 years of age, she will be looking to crack the top 15 soon!  

Ski Club's prediction: Alice Robinson  

Super G

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Men 

Switzerland’s Mauro Caviezel managed to win the Super G overall without winning a single race last season. His consistent top-five finishes meant he racked up enough points and claimed the overall. Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr and Matthias Mayer, along with Norway’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde and Kjetil Jansrud were all within 60 points of each other by the end of the season. Kilde, in particular, will be brimming with confidence after winning the main overall last season.  

For Great Britain, Jack Gower and Roy Steudle will be hoping to improve their world ranking further after a few World Cup starts last season.  

Ski Club prediction: Aleksander Aamodt Kilde 


Women 

The speed queen of last season Corinne Suter of Switzerland narrowly won the Super G title ahead of Brignone. Outside the top two, Nicole Scmidhofer of Austria and Switzerland’s Lara Gut-Behrami each had their moments last season and will be looking to grab more World Cup wins. After missing out most of last season due to injury, Ilka Stuhec is another big contender for the Super G title. Stuhec has 5 World Cup podiums to her name and will be looking to regain her form after missing out most of the season. Mikaela Shiffrin depending on the course can also mix it with the best speed skiers on her day.  

For Great Britain, Cara Brown will be looking for a few World Cup starts to coincide with her Europa Cup programme.  

Ski Club Prediction: Federica Brignone 

Downhill

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Men  

Switzerland’s Beat Fuez won his second consecutive Downhill overall title in style. Fuez’s highlight of last season was winning the Wengen downhill in front of a packed home crowd. The question is can he make it three in a row? Thomas Dressen, Mathias Mayer and Kilde were all consistent top five performers last season. Dominik Paris may have finished 5th in the downhill standings but definitely has the capability of winning on the big stage. The Italian won back-to-back downhills in Bormio and finished second in Wengen.  

For Great Britain Jack Gower and Roy Steudle will be hoping to improve their world ranking further after a few World Cup starts last season. 

Ski Club Prediction: Beat Fuez 

Women  

Suter backed up her Super G title with a downhill title last season, cementing her as one of the favourites for any speed event this season. Olympic Super G champion Ester Ledecka, who also competes in the Parallel Snowboard World Cup, finished second in the downhill rankings last season. Ledecka won her first race in Lake Louise last season and will hoping to up her tally. Brignone, Lara Gut-Behrami and Mikaela Shiffrin all have the pedigree to challenge the top. 2018 Downhill champion Sofia Goggia, will be hoping to be injury free and mount a serious challenge this season in the speed events.  

For Great Britain, Cara Brown will be looking for a few World Cup starts to coincide with her Europa Cup programme. 

Ski Club Prediction: Sofia Goggia  

FIS World Cup Predictor Challenge

  

Join our FIS Prediction Challenge League 

Who’s your tip to win? To celebrate the FIS World Cup coming back to our screens, The Ski Club of Great Britain have their own league. To register for the competition click here.  Click on the league section, click list of leagues, and find The Ski Club of Great Britain league. Click join and use this password: USVNY. Let’s see who’s the winner this season!  

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