Alpine Ski World Cup Women 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 2017-2018 season marks the 52nd consecutive year for the FIS. This World Cup season begins at the end of October in Sölden, Austria, and will conclude in the United States at Aspen just before the end of March. 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.
The 2018 Olympic schedule has the giant slalom and slalom in the first week, followed by the speed events of super-G, downhill and super combined. Consider also Shiffrin’s mindset going into St. Moritz. “Right now, I’m going with [only giant slalom and slalom] because I just don’t think that I have quite enough experience in speed [events] to be able to count on winning a medal in those events yet,” she said. “But by the time we go to South Korea, maybe I could. I might be in a position where I can at least be in contention for medals in giant slalom, slalom, combined, super-G and maybe even downhill, only because nobody’s ever skied on that track before.”
Shiffrin said before worlds that she planned to travel to South Korea for training but to leave before the races start. What’s for sure is we can learn plenty about Shiffrin’s Olympic potential in speed
Lindsay Vonn made it clear at worlds that she wasn’t 100 percent recovered from breaking her right upper arm in a training crash. Her right hand movement was so limited that she couldn’t put her hair in a ponytail, let alone comfortably grip a ski pole at 75 miles per hour. Vonn became the oldest woman to earn a world championships medal. In PyeongChang, she can become the oldest woman to earn an Olympic Alpine medal. Vonn’s biggest hurdle is her own health. A smooth finish to the season, regardless of wins, and a normal offseason is key. “I want to be in a position at the Olympics where I’m at my top form not just struggling to kind of make it back into the mix,” Vonn said, according to The Associated Press. “It’s a different ballgame when I’m prepared.”
Julia Mancuso, 33, could also be a strong skier this season as her World Cup career has had its highlights, but she has saved her best for the big events – four Olympic medals, five world championship medals. The bad news: She has just started to return to action at the end of last season after nearly two years off due to hip surgery.
Another fighter for the podium in this season is Lara Gut. Last season, Gut won the giant slalom in Sölden. In Lake Louise, she was second in the downhill and won super giant slalom. In the Sestriere giant slalom, she finished third. She won the Val d'Isère super giant slalom and was third in Maribor giant slalom. At the Garmisch-Partenkirchen stage she was second in the downhill and won the super giant slalom. A week later, she won the Cortina d'Ampezzo downhill. During Sankt Moritz World Championships she reached the bronze medal in the super giant slalom.
Another important competitors in the next season are Soffia Goggia, Ilka Štuhec, Tessa Worley, Tina Weirather and Stephanie Venier.