Alta Badia and Madonna di Campiglio Preview
After the speed races in Val Gardena, the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit will move to Alta Badia.
Alta Badia is a ski resort in the Dolomites of northern Italy, in the upper part of the Val Badia in South Tyrol. It is included in the territories of the municipalities of Corvara, Badia, and La Val. Alta Badia is one of the 12 ski areas of Dolomiti Superski.
The prestigious ski resort in the heart of the Alto Adige Dolomites will welcome the 35th Alpine Ski World Cup on Sunday 20th December 2020, on the Gran Risa slope in La Villa, with the traditional Men's Giant Slalom, followed by a Slalom on Monday 21st.
The 15th December 1985 saw the first Men's World Cup Giant Slalom on the Gran Risa slope. Marcello Varallo, current president of the Organising Committee, managed to achieve his dream by bringing a Ski World Cup competition to his home in Alta Badia. The competition was won that day by Alpine ski legend Ingemar Stenmark, followed by the Austrian Hubert Strolz and by local champion Roberto Erlacher.
The program in Alta Badia will be the following:
Giant Slalom, Sunday, December 20th. 1st run 10.00; 2nd run 13:30 (CET)
Slalom, Monday, December 21st. 1st run 10.00; 2nd run 13:00 (CET)
In 2018, Marcel Hirscher dominated the race on the Gran Risa slope to take a record sixth straight win in the Alta Badia GS. Hirscher ends up with a massive 2.53 seconds ahead of Thomas Fanara, with Alexis Pinturault 2.69 behind in third.
Last season and after six years of Marcel Hirscher's supremacy, it was time for Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) to step up and win an amazing Giant Slalom race in Alta Badia. Thanks to a sensational second run on rough terrain, the Norwegian climbed up from the fifth position to secure his 20th World Cup victory, 0.31s ahead of Cyprien Sarazzin (FRA) and further 0.08s faster than Zan Kranjec (SLO). He was the first Norwegian ever to win on the Gran Risa.
Madonna di Campiglio is a ski resort in northeast Italy. It is part of the comune of Pinzolo. The village lies in the Val Rendena at an elevation of 1,522 m. The ski resort offers 156 kilometers of interconnected runs across the three ski areas of Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, and Folgarida-Marilleva.
Madonna di Campiglio is the oldest Italian World Cup venue, as they hold a Slalom in 1966/67, the year of the foundation of the World Cup. More than 50 years later, the event is still running and attracting thousands of people for the traditional night race on the 22nd of December.
After the fabulous last editions the 3Tre, among the most historical competitions of the White Circus, gets back as a fixed stage on the Canalone Miramonti slope.
On December 22. 2020 the lights will turn on again on Canalone Miramonti, which hosts the 67th edition of the 3Tre Fis Ski World Cup Men's Night Slalom.
Slalom. Tuesday, December 22nd. 1st run 17:45; 2nd run 20:45 (CET)
In 2018, Daniel Yule was in a solid 4th position after the first run, only +0.66 off the pace. While many others struggled in the second run, he pushed hard and laid down a fluid run from top to bottom. After two podiums the season before in Kitzbuehel and in Schladming, the 25-year-old racer earned his first-ever World Cup win.
Behind him, Austria’s Marco Schwarz came back after two difficult seasons. His first podium in his career was here in Madonna di Campiglio in 2015, and after an excellent first run, where he finished 3rd (+0.32), he was able to hold on to his good ranking and grabbed his third podium in his career.
Only 13th in the first run, Michael Matt was in a different situation. Laying down the second-fastest time in the second run (behind Dave Ryding), the Austrian showed a strong reaction and earned the last spot on the podium.
Last season the night Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio delivered the same winner again, with Daniel Yule claiming his second victory in the World Cup with Henrik Kristoffersen and Clement Noel rounding out the podium.
Daniel Yule was leading already after the first run. Henrik Kristoffersen, second after the first run, skied an impressive second run but due to a small mistake in the top section, and he was not able to take his third victory in Campiglio. Kristoffersen finished second (+0.15s).
Clement Noel, eight after the first run, scored the best time in the second run and climbed up 5 positions to take the third step of the podium (+0.25 s).