Program

The official race program for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships is now confirmed. Click the link below to download the program as a pdf. 
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Downhill

Imagine standing at the top of a race hill. The average slope angle is 27 percent, and soon you will throw yourself out there, putting all your faith in your skill and equipment being able to handle this particular piste. You have one attempt and you have to make it count, so you can’t let fear hold you back. You will reach speeds of over 120 kilometers per hour, and you know that if (or when) you fall, you fall hard. The only thing that will reduce the impact is some red safety netting and a little luck. So what’s the beauty of this event, in which most people would never even consider competing? The answer is in the adrenaline rush, pushing yourself to the limit and the glory of possibly becoming top dog in one of the toughest sports in the world.

Super G

Somewhere between the toughness, perhaps insanity, of downhill racing and the technical finesse of giant slalom is the second-newest racing event in the FIS family: Super G. The event’s essence is in its name; it’s about pushing yourself up to speeds of about 100 kilometers per hour, while also handling the twists and turns of a race course. The g-forces created by the acceleration push your body to the limit. Just as in Downhill, there’s only one chance to do your best and show your fellow competitors how good you really are, although, as opposed to downhill, you can’t even test the course before the race. Instead, you have to rely on your memory and trust your experience and ability to handle the often violent turns and jumps. This fantastic event has been part of the FIS Ski World Cup since the season of 1982/1983. It is said to have been introduced due to the undisputed superiority of Swedish skiing legend Ingemar Stenmark.

Giant Slalom

Someone once said: “Skiing is a dance, and the mountain always leads”. This is a truth to which all professional and non-professional skiers must adapt. Snow conditions, slope angles, turns and terrain, and every little detail that affects your run need to be taken into consideration. While Downhill and Super G could be likened to boxing, Giant Slalom bears more resemblance to a graceful dance. But the importance of speed should not be ignored in this basically technical event. A Giant Slalom course has 46 to 70 gates; these are further apart than in slalom, leading to higher speeds and thighs full of lactic acid. And you have to do it twice. However, it is definitely a graceful event, particularly when performed by the likes of Giant Slalom experts Ted Ligety and Lindsey Vonn.

Slalom

All other events aside, there’s a particular charm to Slalom. Slalom specialists are focused, quick on their feet and have excellent reaction skills. But if Downhill is the toughest of all, is Slalom is for the softies? Definitely not! It takes guts to take on gates that are close together, forcing the skiers to make short, tight turns, on courses with average slope angles of 33 to 45 percent. One misjudged turn or pitch, or just a cloud covering the sun, can cost you a win, or even the chance to race in the second run. You need to be fast, balanced and able to react quickly and correct those small mistakes that can be so costly. But when it’s done right, there are few things in sports that are more elegant than the perfect Slalom run, where every turn is executed perfectly, with the right speed and balance. Slalom specialists just might be the ninjas of alpine skiing.

Alpine Team Event

You see it in track and field, in cross-country skiing and in the Tour de France –real time competition: man versus man, woman versus woman. The muscular tension at the starting line, the eyes’ focus on the finish line, and opponents standing side-by-side is something seldom seen in alpine skiing. Ski cross athletes do it, and then there’s the Alpine Team Event, where the best Slalom specialists from each nation’s team get to meet their opponents one-on-one. Each heat is full of drama, with the relatively short courses giving the audience an adrenaline-rush like that of a 100-meter Olympic sprint. There’s no mystery about why spectators love this gladiatorial tournament of a ski race. While most other events are dominated by individual athletes, the Alpine Team Event adds another dimension, with team effort and patriotism ranking higher than the individual. And speaking of ranking: this event has the tendency to stir things up, as the team’s overall performance weighs heavier than that of each athlete.

Alpine Combined

The Alpine Combined event unites the extremes of alpine racing, as power and endurance meet technical precision. Specialists are tested when overall performance is measured by the results in two of the most differing contests in the sport: Slalom and Downhill. The Alpine Combined event has been around since the 1936 Olympic Winter Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where it consisted of two Slalom runs and one Downhill run. But the obvious benefits this event granted the slalom specialists eventually resulted in the Alpine Combined version 2.0, with a single Slalom run. Holding a place at the top after the Downhill is a true endurance test and, shortly after, performing a Slalom run requires experience and the ability to adapt. However, this event’s glory days have passed, and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019 will be the last championships to include it.

Photos by Gösta Fries

Race Program

Monday 4 February
Downhill training Ladies 

Opening Ceremony

Tuesday 5 February    
Super G Ladies

Downhill training Men

Wednesday 6 February 
Super G Men 

Downhill training Ladies

Thursday 7 February
Downhill Alpine Combined training Ladies 

Downhill training Men

Friday 8 February
Alpine Combined Ladies (Downhill, Slalom)
Downhill training Men

Saturday 9 February 
Downhill Men 
Downhill Training Ladies

Sunday 10 February 
Downhill Ladies
Downhill Alpine Combines training Men

Day by day schedule

test

 

Monday 11 February
Alpine Combined Men
Giant Slalom Qualification Ladies

Tuesday 12 February 
Team Event Ladies/Men

Wednesday 13 February 

Thursday 14 February
Giant Slalom Ladies
Giants Slalom Qualification Men

Friday 15 February 
Giant Slalom Men
Slalom Qualification Ladies

Saturday 16 February 
Slalom Ladies
Slalom Qualification Men

Sunday 17 February 
Slalom Men
Closing Ceremony