The 2017 edition of the World Ski Championships
From 6th to 19th February, the Swiss resort of St. Moritz is hosting the 44th edition of the World Ski Championships. This competition, which takes place every two years, is a very important event for skiers: it is among other things that outsiders can often express themselves. It consists of several events: slalom, giant, super G, downhill, combined (one slalom and one downhill) and one mixed parallel per team.
The favorites of the 2017 edition are Swiss national Lara Gut in speed and giant, who runs at home, Lindsey Vonn for the downhill and Mikaela Shiffrin the queen of the slalom. Unfortunately, Lara Gut was injured on Monday (February 13th) during her combined slalom training session. Her season therefore stops there. For men, the highly expected skiers are the Austrian Marcel Hirscher and Henrik Kristoffersen in slalom and giant. As well as Kjetil Jansrud, Dominik Paris, Peter Fill and Beat Feuz for the speed events.
On the French side, we can count on Tessa Worley in giant, currently first in the World Cup discipline. We are also looking forward to the performances of Alexis Pinturault in slalom and giant and Julien Lizeroux in slalom. This year, the French team wants to do better than in 2015 and bring 5 medals to France.
The results of the weekend of 11th-12th February
Downhill: without any surprise, the Swiss Beat Feuz dominates the descent at home before the Canadian Erick Guay who had previously won the Super G a few days before. In the women’s competition, Ilka Stuhec beat the surprising Austrian Stephanie Venier and the other favorite, the American rider Lindsey Vonn, bronze medalist.
Beat Feuz very happy after his victory in downhill in Saint-Moritz
The results of Monday 13th February
Combined: ranked 30th in the descent of the combined, the Swiss Lucas Aerni managed to take the lead and keep it to the end for 1 small hundredth ahead of Marcel Hirscher. Small disappointment on the French side with Alexis Pinturault who only ranks in the 10th place, while he won the crystal globe in combined this year.
Lucas Aerni won a surprise victory
The results of Tuesday 14th February
Team Event: France won the gold medal thanks to the achievement realized by Adeline Baud Mugnier, Mathieu Faivre, Tessa Worley and Alexis Pinturault. The French team is ahead of Slovakia and Sweden.
The French on the podium in St. Moritz
The results of Friday 15th February
Giant: the French woman Tessa Worley won today and for the second time in her career the gold medal in women’s giant during the world ski championships. She is ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin and Sofia Goggia. Thanks to this victory, she confirms a little more her place among the leaders of the discipline.
Tessa Worley on the podium in St-Moritz
The results of Friday 17th February
Giant: the Austrian Marcel Hirscher became world champion in giant slalom for the first time in his career, ahead of Roland Leitinger and Leif Kristian Haugen. Unfortunately, Alexis Pinturault only ranks in 7th place.
Marcel Hirscher on the podium with Roland Leitinger and Leif Kristian Haugen
The results of Saturday 18th February
Slalom: the American Mikaela Shiffrin became world champion in slalom for the third consecutive time after Schladming 2013 and Beaver Creek 2015. She is undoubtedly “The Queen of slalom”. The Swiss Wendy Holdener is second ant the Swedish Frida Hansdotter is thrid.
Mikaela Shiffrin surronded by Wendy Holdener and Frida Hansdotter after their victory
The results of Sunday 19th February
Slalom: Marcel Hirscher won his second gold medal. He achieved the performance of winning both the gold medal in slalom and giant in the same championship. His compatriot Manuel Feller comes in second place and the German Felix Neureuther in third place.
Manuel Feller, Marcel Hirscher and Felix Neureuther on the podium
The record of the World Championships
After more than ten days of competition, it is time to take stock of this 2017 edition of the world ski championships: Austria won a total of 9 medals (3 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze), Switzerland 7 medals (3 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze) and France 2 medals (2 gold). These results somewhat disappointing for the French team are explained by the lack of medals on the male side. But the season is not over, they are still victories to win for the French skiers!