Tomorrow the Alpine the Ski World Cup will return to Italy with the Giant Slalom race on the demanding ERTA slope in S. Vigilio di Marebbe at the Kronplatz.
Kronplatz is a ski resort in the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. The holiday region of Kronplatz comprises the beautiful Pustertal Valley and some side valleys such as Ahrntal/Valle Aurina, Gsieser Tal/Val Casies, Antholzertal/Valle di Anterselva and part of Gadertal/Val Badia.
The ski area has 32 modern lifts serving 119 km of pistes catering for all abilities. Kronplatz is one of the 12 ski areas of Dolomiti Superski, a world-famous network of 1.200 km of slopes. The ski pass includes also the famous Sella Ronda.
Giant Slalom. Tuesday, January 25th, 1st run 10:30, 2nd run 13:30 (CET)
Start Elevation: 1605m
Finish Elevation: 1200 m
Vertical Drop: 405m
Average slope: 32 %
Max. slope: 61 %
Min. slope: 22 %
Last season Tessa Worley has won in Kronplatz her first Audi FIS World Cup race since 2018 when she won in the Opening race in Sölden. Worley skied the fastest second run to move from fifth place after the first run into first place, finishing 0.27 seconds ahead of Lara Gut-Behrami.
Marta Bassino completed the podium in Kronplatz. She had to settle for third place 0.73 seconds behind Worley.
After finishing in the third position in Lienz Sara Hector returned in Kranjska Gora to the top of the podium after setting the best time on both runs. Hector was super consistent and extremely aggressive on a difficult and exigent Podkoren slope.
The Swede was just 0.08 seconds ahead of Tessa Worley after the first run but pulled away with a blistering start to her second and finished 0.96 seconds clear.
At the start of the season, Hector had to be content with 12th place in Sölden, but since then she has always made it onto the podium in the Giant Slalom.
Sara Hector recorded a second and a first place in the World Cup Giant Slaloms in Courchevel and finished third in Lienz. She joins Frida Hansdotter as the only Swedish woman to top the podium in a World Cup event in Kranjska Gora.
The 29-year-old was on the podium in the World Cup seven times, all in Giant Slalom.
Tessa Worley won the Giant slalom World Cup event, in Lienz on 28 December, becoming the third woman to win as many as 15 Giant Slalom World Cup events. Only Vreni Schneider (20) and Annemarie Moser-Pröll (16) won more women's Giant Slalom races in the World Cup.
Worley has claimed 34 World Cup podiums in the Giant Slalom. Among women, only Schneider (46), Anita Wachter (45) have collected more.
Marta Bassino has won the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe last season. She was the only woman to win more than one World Cup Giant Slalom event in the 2020-2021 season. Bassino finished in third place in Kranjska Gora. It's her second podium of the season. She finished in third place in the second race held in Courchevel on 22 December.
Mikaela Shiffrin can become the fourth woman to claim at least 15 World Cup wins in the Giant Slalom, after Vreni Schneider (20), Annemarie Moser-Pröll (16), and Tessa Worley (15).
She missed the World Cup Giant Slalom in Lienz following a positive Covid-19 test.
This season, Petra Vlhová finished in the top five in four of five women's World Cup Giant Slalom events (3rd, 4th, 5th, 2nd) but was only 15th in the last one in Kranjska Gora. Vlhová has won five World Cup Giant Slalom races, the last one in Jasná on 7 March 2021.
Alice Robinson won the Giant Slalom in Kranjska Gora in 2020 when she was 18 years old.
Robinson is the first woman to claim three World Cup Giant Slalom wins before turning 20 years old since Mateja Svet in the late 1980s. She has claimed five World Cup podiums in the Giant Slalom: three wins and two-second places.
Robinson can become the second alpine skier representing New Zealand to win four World Cup events, equaling Claudia Riegler (4, all slalom).
Lara Gut-Behrami, won the women's GS gold at the world championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo. It was her first world-level victory in this discipline since a World Cup win in Sölden on 22 October 2016. Her win in 2016 was the last World Cup Giant Slalom win by a Swiss woman.
Michelle Gisin has 17 podium finishes in World Cup events, including one victory: the women's slalom in Semmering on 29 December 2020.
The 28-year-old Swiss has been on the podium three times this season in three different disciplines: Giant Slalom (Courchevel, December 21), Slalom (Lienz, December 29), and now in Super-G (January 23).