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Saalbach Hinterglemm Races Preview

Saalbach Hinterglemm has stepped in for the third time in a row as an alternative venue for canceled ski races. On this occasion for Kvitfjell and Wengen. From the 5th to the 7th of March, two Downhill races and a Super-G will be held at the venue of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2025.

Races will take place at the Schneekristallpiste on the Zwölferkogel in Hinterglemm.

Friday, March 5th: Downhill (Replaces Wengen) 11:20 (CET)

Saturday, March 6th: Downhill (Replaces Kvitfjell) 11:00 (CET)

Sunday, March 7th: Super-G (Replaces Kvitfjell) 10:30 (CET)

Beat Feuz finished on the podium in the last three Downhill races in the World Cup. He won both races on the Streif in Kitzbühel and finished in second place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Feuz also finished in third place in the Downhill at the World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

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. Mayer finished on the podium in each of the last four World Cup Downhill events, including a win in Bormio.

Dominik Paris still has a chance of winning the Downhill crystal globe this season, but he is trailing Beat Feuz by 118 points with three more races scheduled. After claiming the Super-G crystal globe in 2018/19, Paris could become the ninth male skier to win a globe in both speed events.

Paris could win back-to-back downhills in the World Cup for the first time since completing a double in Bormio in December 2019.

Vincent Kriechmayr is leading the Super-G standings by 101 points and could claim the crystal globe this weekend in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. The last Austrian man to win the Super-G crystal globe was Hannes Reichelt in 2007-2008.

Kriechmayr is hoping to win his first crystal globe in any discipline. He finished second in the Super-G standings in each of the last three World Cup seasons.

Matthias Mayer is currently ranked second in the Super-G standings. He finished in third-place twice in the Super-G standings in 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

Mayer has claimed 17 World Cup podiums in the discipline. He achieved two of his three World Cup super-G wins in Austria, in Saalbach-Hinterglemm on 22 February 2015, and in Kitzbühel on 20 January 2017.

Mauro Caviezel could make his return to the World Cup, after missing the races in January and February due to injury. He did participate at the World Championships last month but was one of many skiers to record a DNF in the Men's Super-G.

Caviezel still has a chance of defending his Super-G crystal globe. He is trailing Vincent Kriechmayr by 116 points. He finished in the top-five in each of his last 10 World Cup participation in the Super-G.

Dominik Paris won the last Downhill of the World Cup in Garmisch. It was the 19th career World Cup victory for the 31-year-old Italian skier since returning from the ACL injury suffered last year in Kitzbühel. With 15 victories in Downhill, Dominik Paris is the active male skier to have won the most Downhill events in the World Cup.

Finishing just 0.37 seconds off the winning pace was Downhill's red bib Beat Feuz. It was still Feuz's 51st career World Cup podium and his 39th in Downhill. Only Franz Klammer (41), and Peter Müller (41), have recorded more podium finishes in Men's World Cup Downhill events than Feuz.

Rounding out the podium was Matthias Mayer. He finished 0.40 seconds behind Paris It was his fourth straight podium in the Downhill.

In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Vincent Kriechmayr won his second Super-G of the season 0.17 seconds ahead of teammate Matthias Mayer. It was Kriechmayr’s second victory of the season and his fourth total podium. He is the leader of the Super-G standings ahead of Mayer.

It was the first skier to win two successive Super-G World Cup races since Dominik Paris won in Kvitfjell and Soldeu in March 2019.

Third place went to Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt, who finished 0.49 seconds off the winning time.

Vincent Kriechmayr took Gold on the Men's Super-G during a first brutal day of racing at the 2021 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo. He beat former teammate Romed Baumann by 0.07 seconds and Alexis Pinturault by 0.38 seconds, who ended up in second and third place, respectively.

Kriechmayr's tactical approach in the Vertigine racecourse pays off to win a second gold in Cortina in the Downhill. Only Herman Maier (1999) and Bode Miller (2005) won both Men's speed events in the same year. Pirmin Zurbriggen and Erik Guay also won both world titles, but at separate world championships.


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