Lenzerheide World Cup Finals Preview
After the last races in Kranjska Gora and Are, the World Cup now moves onto the Season Finals in Lenzerheide (Switzerland).
From 17 to 21 March 2021, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals will take place for the sixth time in Lenzerheide (2014, 2013, 2011, 2007, and 2005). Once again, the battle in the Disciplines classification and in the overall World Cup will be decided on the "Silvano Beltrametti" World Cup racecourse on the Heimberg in Parpan.
Since 1993 the International Ski Federation has hosted a World Cup Final at the end of each season in March. During a week, Men's and Women's races are held in four disciplines: Downhill, Super-G, Slalom, and Giant Slalom. Also, a Mixed Team Parallel is held. Only a limited number of racers are invited to ski at the Finals, including the top 25 in the World Cup standings in each discipline, plus the current junior World Champions in each discipline, with World Cup points only awarded to the top 15 finishers in each race.
On the Women's side, the Downhill, Slalom, and Overall Globes are still up for grabs. Marta Bassino already wrapped up the Giant Slalom globe, while Lara Gut-Behrami has already clinched the Super-G globe.
The race for the Downhill Globe will be a big fight between Sofia Goggia?, Corinne Suter, and Lara Gut-Behrami. Goggia currently has 480 points, while Suter sits at 410 and Gut-Behrami in third with 383 points.
Katharina Liensberger’s victory in Åre made another Globe story even more dramatic as the Austrian bumped Mikaela Shiffrin down to second place in the Slalom Globe standings. Petra Vlhova still leads the race for the small globe, but now has only a 22-point lead over Liensberger.
Petra Vlhova sits in the first position in the Overall standings, 96 points ahead of Lara Gut-Behrami.
On the Men's side, the Overall, Downhill, Super-G, and Giant Slalom globes are still undecided as well.
Only Marco Schwarz already has grabbed the Slalom Crystal Globe.
After Saalbach's second position, Beat Feuz has increased his lead at the top of the Downhill standings rankings to 68 points as he seeks a fourth consecutive discipline title.
Matthias Mayer is currently ranked second in the Men's Downhill standings this World Cup season. He is hoping to become the first Austrian man to win the Downhill crystal globe since Klaus Kröll in 2011-2012.
In Saalbach, Marco Odermatt closed the gap on leader Vincent Kriechmayr in the Super-G standings to 83 points.
Marco Odermatt has shown also in the Kranjska Gora race why he is in the hunt for the Overall title with a flawless second run.
Yesterday was an especially excellent day for Marco Odermatt, who is in a good position in the hunt for both the Giant Slalom Globe and the Overall Title. It is a two-man battle for both globes as Odermatt took over the lead from Alexis Pinturault today in the Giant Slalom standings, with a lead of 25 points. Meanwhile, Pinturault’s lead in the Overall standings shrunk to 31 points in Kranjska Gora.
A thrilling Season Finals in Lenzerheide with three women’s globes and four Men's globes are still up for grabs. Lenzerheide has the potential to be one of the most exciting and wide-open Season Finals in the last decade.
The athletes have already started arriving in Lenzerheide with Downhill Training taking place on Monday and Tuesday, followed by the Downhill races on Wednesday kicking off the Finals Week.
Wednesday, 17th March, 9.30 (CET) Downhill Men / 11.00 (CET) Downhill Women
Thursday, 18th March, 9.30 (CET) Super-G Women / 11.00 (CET) Super-G Men
Friday, 19th March, 12.00 (CET) Nations Cup Women and Men
Saturday, 20th March, 1 Run 9.00 - 2 Run 12.00 (CET) Giant Slalom Men
1 Run 10.30 - 2 Run 1.30 (CET) Slalom Women
Sunday, 21st March, 1 Run 9.00 - 2 Run 12.00 (CET) Giant Slalom Women
1 Run 10.30 - 2 Run 1.45 (CET) Slalom Men