Alpine Ski World Cup Men Odds
The International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Cup tour is the premier circuit for alpine skiing competition. The inaugural season launched in January 1967, and the 2016-2017 season marks the 51st consecutive year for the FIS. This World Cup season begins on 29 October 2016 in Sölden, Austria, and will conclude in the United States at Aspen on 19 March 2017. The biennial World Championships will interrupt this competitive season in early February in Saint Moritz, Switzerland.
This winter’s season is composed by 9 downhills, 11 slaloms, 9 giant slaloms, 6 super giant slaloms and 2 alpine combined. The alpine ski racer will complete in 37 events in the 19 stages of the competitions hosted by 12 countries but still, even the Olympic Games of 2018 will take place in South Korea, here is no stage held in Asia. 16 stages will take place in Europe and 3 in North America.
After last year’s overall win, Marcel Hirscher became the most successful Austrian male World Cup GS skier by winning in Beaver Creek, Colorado, surpassing Benjamin Raich and Hermann Maier. With his GS win in Alta Badia, Italy (his 3rd consecutive win at that venue), he became Austria's most successful World Cup GS skier overtaking Annemarie Moser-Pröll. Another GS win in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia confirmed Hirscher as the GS title winner with one race to go. To wrap up an amazing season with 8 wins and 19 podiums Hirscher also won the men's overall World Cup title, his 5th consecutive overall title, a feat never before achieved by a male skier. His points total also enabled Austria to narrowly beat France in the men's nations cup by 201 points, the narrowest winning margin for many years. Hirscher was the only Austrian male skier to win a race in the entire season, and scored 30.9% (1795 out of 5804) of the Austrian men's nations cup points.
Another favorite for the overall season is the Olympic Gold medalist en-titre Kjetil Jansrud of Norway. He finished 4th in the overall ranking last year, but with 3 presences in top 5. The Norwegian finished 2nd in Super-G, 3rd in Combined and 4th in Downhill.
Another alpine ski racer and olympic medalist expected to impress this year is Alexis Pinturault. The French looked quite consistent in the last 3 seasons, finishing in the 3rd place in all those years. With 2 1st places at combined, and another 6 finished in top 3 in combined and giant slalom, Pinturault could be the surprise of the season.
The multiple olympic medalist and world champion Aksel Lund Svindal is probably taking one of his last start of the seasons as he will celebrate his 34th birthday in December. A truly legend in this sport with 2 overall winners, 4 another podium positions and an indeed specialist on Super-G races, the Norwegian could always make troubles.
Another racers to keep an eye on include Henrik Kristoffersen, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Dominik Paris, Felix Neureuther and Carlo Janka.
Who wins Alpine Ski World Cup 2016/2017 for men?