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.
Women’s Slalom, held today in Zagreb, Croatia, saw USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin taking her 2nd career win and 4th podium finish after the two runs were completed. Shiffrin made the best time in run 1 and recorded the fastest slalom as well in run 2 for an aggregated time of 2:01:73.
This win allowed Shiffrin to climb to 1st place in Slalom World Cup Standings and to 6th in the Alpine Skiing Overall World Cup.
Second place was taken by Frida Hansdotter from Sweden that had a consistent performance by grabbing 3rd place in both runs ending 1.16 seconds from 1st place. Hansdotter climbed to 7th (tied with Austrian Katherine Zettel) in the Slalom World Cup Standings and to 11th in the Alpine Skiing Overall World Cup.
Last podium place in Zagreb’s Slalom was rather a surprise and went to Canadian Erin Mielzynski 1.76 seconds from Shiffrin. Mielzynski is now 9th overall in the Slalom World Cup Standings. This was Mielzynski 2nd podium finish since in the end of last season she marked her first career win in Ofterschwang, Germany, slalom.
Slovenian Tina Maze had been 2nd in run 1 but did not finish run 2 and thus got no points. Maze lost her Slalom World Cup lead to Shiffrin but nonetheless maintained her Alpine Skiing Overall World Cup lead yet with a huge 452 points advantage over Maria Hoefl-Riesch (Germany) that finished today’s slalom in 6th place.
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 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.
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.
The slalom features the shortest course and the quickest turns. As in the giant slalom, each skier makes two runs down two different courses on the same slope. Both runs take place on the same day. The times are added and the fastest total time determines the winner.
Slalom competitions must be raced on a course surface that is as hard as possible.The course should normally be approximately 40 m wide, if two runs are set on the same slope terrain.
The ideal slalom course, taking into consideration the drop and the gradient specified above, must include a series of turns designed to allow the competitors to combine speed with neat execution and precision of turns.
The Slalom should permit the rapid completion of all turns. The course should not require acrobatics incompatible with normal ski technique. It should be a technically clever composition of figures suited to the terrain, linked by single and multiple gates, allowing a fluent run, but testing the widest variety of ski technique, including changes of direction with very different angles.
A slalom gate consists of two poles or where there is no outside pole the gate will consist of a turning pole. Consecutive gates (minimum width of 4 m and a maximum of 6 m) must alternate in blue and red. The distance between gates within combinations (hairpin, vertical or delayed gates) must not be less than 0.75 m. The distance from turning pole to turning pole of successive gates must not be less than 6.75 m and not more than 13 m. Gates should never be set only down the fall-line, but so that some full turns are required.
The finish line is marked by two posts or vertical banners which may be connected by a horizontal banner. In Downhill and Super-G races, the finish must be no less than 15 metres wide and in Slalom (and in Giant Slalom also) no less than 10 metres wide
In the slalom events, poles are straight and often have plastic guards covering the knuckles to help skiers knock the slalom poles out of their path.
While a helmet is compulsory for downhill and super-G and it is not the case for the slalom. However, it is often worn in slalom as well in giant slalom.
Swedish André Myhrer is the current leader of the Slalom World Cup since we won the only race held till now.
In women, Maria Höfl-Riesch of Germany leads the 2012/2013 slalom World Cup with 150 points after 2 rounds (1 win and a 4th place).
The forthcoming slalom races will take place next Saturday, December 8th, at Val d’Isère, France (Men) and next December 19th in Åre, Sweden (Women).