Category Archives: Alpine Skiing

XXII Olympic Winter Games – Events Full Calendar

The XXII Olympic Winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia starting next February 6th and closing on the 23rd.

Below you will find the full schedule for this Winter Olympics, as well as some relevant posts we have published about several events technical details, so you can follow all the action in a more informed way.

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 February
TH6
FR7
SA8
SU9
MO10
TU11
WE12
TH13
FR14
SA15
SU16
MO17
TU18
WE19
TH20
FR21
SA22
SU23
Ceremonies
Alpine Skiing
Biathlon
Bobsleigh
Cross-Country
Curling
Figure Skating
Freestyle Skiing
Ice Hockey
Luge
Nordic Combined
Short Track
Skeleton
Ski Jumping
Snowboard
Speed Skating

Alpine Skiing – What are its origins and in what it consists?

The first alpine skiing competition, as recognised by the international regulatory body (FIS) took place in Oslo, Norway, around the 1850s. This first event was the one that is more aggressive and faster of all alpine skiing events: ‘The Downhill’

Alpine skiing emerged as an evolution from cross-country skiing (check our earlier post about ´Nordic Combined’ to see some details on cross-country skiing ). Some decades after, around the beginning of the 1900s, alpine skiing spread to other European countries, as well as to  the United States. The sport was popular around miners which organized such competitions to entertain themselves during the winter.

The first slalom – another event within alpine skiing – was organised in 1922 in Mürren, Switzerland. In 1928 another competition – The Arlberg-Kandahar, also known as AK, a combined slalom and downhill event – was held in St. Anton, Austria. This event is now referred to be the first ‘legitimate Alpine race’  and the one that planted the seed for Alpine’s inclusion in the Olympic programme, and for FIS (International Ski Federation) official recognition, in 1930, of alpine skiing events in addition to the traditional Nordic disciplines.

Alpine skiing then became in the 1936 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Wintergames an Olympic sport. In these games both a men’s and a ladies combined event were held as part of the games’s official programme.

Currently, alpine skiing encompass the following main 5 events:

– Downhill

– Super-G

– Giant Slalom

– Slalom

– Super Combined (one downhill or Super-G and one slalom runs)

In futures posts we will depict each of the alpine skiing events in more detail, as well as the names of the more renowned skiers.

2013 Major Sports Events Calendar

After publishing the 2013 Formula 1 race calendar and the most relevant Tennis events dates for 2013,

Formula 1 – 2013 Race calendar

Tennis – Calendar for 2013/2014 Major Events

we post today other sports important dates for 2013 that you may want to book in your agenda:

January

Dakar Rally – January 5th-20th

World Men’s Handball Championship: January 11th – 27th

Football African Cup of Nations: January 19th – February 10th

February

American Football Super Bowl: February 3rd

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships: February 4th – 17th

Biathlon World Championships: February 6th – 17th

NBA All Star game: February 17th

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships: February 20th – March 3rd

March

European Athletics Indoor Championships March 1 – March 3: 2013

World Baseball Classic: March 2–19

IAAF Athletics World Cross Country Championships: March 24

April

Golf Masters 2013 : April 11th – 14th

NBA Play-Offs: April 20th

London Marathon: April 21st

May

Football FA Cup – May 11th

Football Europa League Final: May 15th

Football Champions League Final: May 25th

June

Golf US Open: June 13th – 16th

FIFA Confederations Cup: June 15th – 30th

FIFA U-20 World Cup: June 21st – July 13th

July

July 16: The 2013 MLB All-Star Game Baseball

Golf British Open: July 18th – 21st

World Swimming Championships: July 19th – August 4th

Tour de France 100th Edition: June 29th – July 21st

August

Athletics’s World Championships: August 10th – 18th

La Vuelta: August 24th – September 15th

September

Australian Football League Finals Series: September 6th – 28th

UCI Road Cycling World Championships: September 21st – 29th

October

FIFA U-17 World Cup: October 17th – November 8th

November

November – New York City Marathon: November 3rd

December

Football FIFA Club World Cup – December 11th – 23rd

A lot to watch over the next year, we will keep a hawk eye on all of this and continue posting about sports intel!

Women’s Slalom Zagreb – Mikaela Shiffrin Takes Run1; Tina Maze P2

Run 1 of Women’s Slalom, held today in Zagreb, Croatia, just finished a few minutes ago.

Alpine Skiing – ‘The Slalom’

North-American Teenager Mikaela Shiffrin (she will turn 18 only next March 13th) was faster recording 59:26 seconds. Shiffrin who won the slalom event in Are, Sweden – the 1st of her career – is therefore in a great position to clinch another win. She already had another podium finish before that: last November 10th in Levi (Finland) slalom’s 3rd place. Shiffrin is currently 4th in the Slalom World Cup Standings after a ‘did not finished’ in Run 2 of last Semmering’s Slalom (Austria).

Women’s Alpine Skiing Slalom – USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin Wins!

Slovenian Tina Maze both Slalom World Cup and Alpine Skiing Overall World Cup leader took 2nd place just 0:35 seconds behind.

Alpine Skiing – What are its origins and in what it consists?

3rd place went to Maria Pietilae-Holmner of Sweden – currently 6th in  Slalom World Cup Standings  – 0:72 seconds slower than Shiffrin.

The 2nd and decisive run will be held today at 18:30 CET.

Women Giant Slalom – Fenninger wins at Semmering, Austria; Tina Maze 2nd

The last 2012 Women’s Giant Slalom just ended a few moments ago in Semmering, Austria.

Alpine Skiing – ‘The Giant Slalom’

Local skier Anna Fenninger set the fastest time in Run 1 and also in the second winning with an aggregated time of 2:13:09 an impressive 1:10 seconds less than Tina Maze. With this result Fenninger moved to 4th both in the GS overall standings and in the Alpine Skiing events World Cup.

Alpine Skiing – What are its origins and in what it consists?

Tina Maze, the current World Cup Overall leader – both is GS as well as in all Alpine Skiing events – was 3rd in first run and repeated her position in Run 2 finishing second today. Tina Maze has ruled the GS till now with 4 wins, todays’ 2nd and a 3rd place in 6 events.

Women’s Giant Slalom World Cup 4 – Amazing MAZE: 4 Races, 4 Wins !

Tessa Worley of France was 3rd and Viktoria Rebensburg – the winner of the last GS in Are, Sweden – finished today’s race in 5th.

Women Giant Slalom – Maze Was Finally Beaten: Viktoria Rebensburg

Maria Hoefl-Riesch, maintained her second place in the Alpine Skiing overall World Cup ( but now with a huge 417 points disadvantage) despite finishing today only in 4th place. This result allowed her to climb from 11th to 8th in the GS overall standings.

Women Giant Slalom – Semmering Run 1: Anna Fenninger P1; Maze P3

The last Women’s Giant Slalom of 2012 is being held at Semmering, Austria.

Alpine Skiing – ‘The Giant Slalom’

Run 1 just finished a few moments ago and Local Skier Anna Fenninger  set the fastest time with 1:06:42, 0:56 tenths of a second quicker than French Lady Tessa Worley. Fenninger is currently 5th in the GS overall standings and Worley is one position ahead (4th).

Tina Maze, the current World Cup Overall leader – both is GS as well as in all Alpine Skiing events – was 3rd in this first run 0:90 tenths of a second from Fenninger. Tina Maze has ruled the GS till now with 4 wins and a 3rd place in 5 events.

Women’s Giant Slalom World Cup 4 – Amazing MAZE: 4 Races, 4 Wins !

Viktoria Rebensburg – the winner of the last GS in Are, Sweden – finished today’s run 1 in 6th place, 1:25 seconds behind Fenninger.

Women Giant Slalom – Maze Was Finally Beaten: Viktoria Rebensburg

Maria Hoefl-Riesch, currently second in the Alpine Skiing overall World Cup (almost 400 points apart from Maze) but only 11th in the GS overall finished run 1 in 4th place 1:14 seconds behind top skier.

Alpine Skiing – What are its origins and in what it consists?

Run 2 that will define the final standings in Semmering’s GS will be held today at 13:30 CET.

We will post the results as soon as the competition ends.

 

Women’s Alpine Skiing Slalom – USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin Wins!

Women’s Slalom, held today in Are, Sweden, saw USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin taking the win after the two runs were completed. Shiffrin made 2nd best in run 1 and recorded the fastest slalom in run 2 for an aggregated time of 1:45:36, 0:29 seconds better than local skier Frida Hansdotter that had the best time after run 1.

Alpine Skiing – ‘The Slalom’

Slovenian Tina Maze had another consistent performance and ensured 3rd place (0:52 seconds behind ). She now has 9 podium finishes in 14 Alpine Skiing events held till now.

Alpine Skiing – What are its origins and in what it consists?

This result allowed Maze to extend even further her alpine skiing overall World Cup lead to a 387 points advantage over Maria Hoefl-Riesch (Germany) that finished today’s slalom in 11th place. If she keeps this consistency  in the rest of the season, and apart from any possible injury, the Alpine Skiing World Cup Title seems to be nothing but a mirage to all other competitors.

The same seems to happens in what respects the Giant Slalom World Cup Standings.

Women’s Giant Slalom World Cup 4 – Amazing MAZE: 4 Races, 4 Wins !

The last round of 2012 will be held next 28th (Women GS) and 29th (Slalom), both at Semmering, Austria.

Women Giant Slalom – Maze Was Finally Beaten: Viktoria Rebensburg!

After run 2 of Women’s 5th Giant Slalom (GS) of the season, Slovenian Wonder Skier Tina Maze was finally unable to win the GS.

Women’s Giant Slalom World Cup 4 – Amazing MAZE: 4 Races, 4 Wins !

Tina Maze had won 4 out 4 GS but in the race held in Are, Sweden, Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) was too stronger for the rest of the competition (even though Maze was faster in run 2). Rebensburg recorded an aggregated time in the 2 runs of 2:28:94, 0.62 seconds less than Austrian lady Anna Fenninger. Rebensburg climbed to 3rd in the GS overall World Cup standings and to 6th in the alpine skiing events overall classification.

Alpine Skiing – What are its origins and in what it consists?

Maze nonetheless still made it to a podium place, 0:91 seconds behind first place. With this third place, Maze has an impressive record of 8 podium finishes in 13 races of all alpine skiing events and even extended her overall World Cup lead to a 351 points advantage over other German, Maria Hoefl-Riesch that finished today’s GS in 6th place.

Alpine Skiing – ‘The Giant Slalom’

Current  Alpine Skiing World Cup holder USA’s Lindsey Vonn did not enter this Swedish round and lost her 3rd place in the overall alpine skiing to Kathrin Zettel (Austria). Zettel was only 10th today but the points she got were enough to overcome Vonn. However, she lost points to Maze in what respects the GS overall classification and is now 154 points behind the Slovenian.

The Swedish round continues tomorrow in Are, with the Women’s slalom.

Alpine Skiing – ‘The Slalom’

The last round of 2012 will be held next 28th (Women GS) and 29th (Slalom), both at Semmering, Austria.

Women’s Giant Slalom World Cup 4 – Amazing MAZE: 4 Races, 4 Wins !

Slovenian Tina Maze won the Giant Slalom that just finished a few moments ago in Courchevel, France. Her aggregated time of both runs was 2:16:84,  0.22 tenths of a second less than 2nd best.

With this win Maze has won all the 4 Giant Slalom held till now.

This week’s winter sports has been great for a small and wonderful country like Slovenia since Biathlete Jakov Fak recorded his first career win last Thursday (Biathlon Sprint Event) and a few minutes ago reached another fantastic 2nd place in the Mass Start.

Second place went to Austrian Kathrin Zettel and third to Tessa Worley (France). These 2 skiers swapped place since in Run 1 Worley did 2nd and Zettel 3rd.

Alpine Skiing – ‘The Giant Slalom’

Tina Maze is, of course, the current World Cup leader in The Giant Slalom. She also leads  the Super Combined event.

Alpine Skiing – ‘The Super Combined’

In the overall Alpine Skiing classification Tina Maze leads as well with a huge advantage ( 331 points) over second best classified Maria Höfl-Riesch from Germany that today finished the GS just in 26th.

And skiing seems not to be Maze’s only skill. She also sings and one can say very well! See video below.

Kathrin Zettel moved to 3rd overall at the cost of USA’s Lindsey Vonn and is now just 28 points apart from Maria Höfl-Riesch’s 2nd place.

Alpine Skiing – What are its origins and in what it consists?

The next Women’s Giant Slalom will be held at Åre (Sweden) next December 19th.

Men’s Giant Slalom World Cup 4 – Ted Ligety Rules!

In men’s Giant Slalom (held at Alta Badia, Italy) USA’s Ted Ligety confirmed a very expected win after his huge advantage after run 1.

Marcel Hirscher (Austria) took 2nd and Thomas Fanara 3rd (France).

Ligety is the current World Cup leader of the Giant Slalom with 3 wins and a 3rd place and now sums up 508 points in the overall Alpine Skiing World Cup (in which he is 2nd) getting closer to current leader Aksel Lund Svindal, from Norway, that was 9th today in the GS (614 points).

Alpine Skiing – What are its origins and in what it consists?

Marcel Hirscher, today’s 2nd is 3rd in the World Cup overall standings (480 points).

Ligety and Hirscher are fighting hard for the Giant slalom overall standings. Ligety has 36o points and Hirscher 320 (1 win, two 2nds and one 3rd place).

Alpine Skiing – ‘The Giant Slalom’

Next men’s Giant Slalom event will be held at Adelboden (Switzerland), January 12th.