This is how it continues in the Ski World Cup – Swiss with a chance of the balls

This is how it continues in the Ski World Cup - Swiss with a chance of the balls

Beat Feuz could be the best downhill skier in the world for the fourth winter in a row. Image: imago sportphotodienst

After the World Cup medals, it’s all about the World Cup balls – with these chances for the Swiss

With the world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the highlight of the ski season is history. But this is far from over. Several Swiss athletes are fully involved in the battle for the coveted crystal balls.

World championships or Olympic victories are the greatest – in public. At least for the athletes, however, victories in the overall or in a discipline World Cup are just as valuable. After all, they do not distinguish the person who was the fastest on the famous โ€œDay Xโ€, but the person who was the best for a whole winter.


Overall World Cup

After 22 of 33 races, Lara Gut-Behrami and Michelle Gisin are in 2nd and 3rd place.  The  last third of the season will be launched at the weekend with two downhill runs and a Super-G in Val di Fassa (Italy). ยฉ The  current status:

  1. Petra Vlhova ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 989 points
  2. Lara Gut-Behrami ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 947 points
  3. Michelle Gisin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 807 points
  4. Marta Bassino ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 741 points
  5. Sofia Goggia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 740 points
  6. Federica Brignone ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 637 Punkte
  7. Mikaela Shiffrin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 615 Points

It looks like there will be a duel for the big crystal ball. Gut-Behrami, who is in good shape and has just become double world champion in Super-G and giant slalom, could win the overall World Cup for the second time since 2015/16. It would be a first for Slovak Vlhova. Her shape is also still right: in the Dolomites she won silver in slalom and combined. Means: Vlhova can also be fast in the Super-G, in the special race at the World Cup she finished ninth.

Lara Gut-Behrami in March 2016 in St.Moritz after the best season of her career so far. PICTURED: KEYSTONE

ยฉ The  rest of the program promises excitement. In addition to two Super-G and giant slaloms, three downhill runs (terrain for Gut-Behrami) and four slaloms (terrain for Vlhova) are outstanding. All-rounder Michelle Gisin can only calculate her chances if both favorites go wrong several times.


  1. Sofia Goggia ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 480 points
  2. Breezy Johnson ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 285 Punkte
  3. Corinne Suter ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 270 points
  4. Ester Ledecka ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ 206 points
  5. Lara Gut-Behrami ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 183 points

Goggias lead is almost 200 points with a maximum of 300 points to be scored. ยฉ

 The  Italian’s handicap: She can only watch because she was seriously injured shortly before the World Cup and her season is already over. Nevertheless, downhill Olympic champion Goggia can hope for the small crystal ball: If Johnson or Suter still want to pass, they both have to go on the podium at least twice, and if possible as a winner.

Last season Corinne Suter was the best downhill skier and Super G driver of the winter.

Four bills for Corinne Suter, who is 210 points behind Goggia:

  • Victory (100 points), rank 2 (80), rank 3 (60) = 240 points
  • Two times rank 2 (80), rank 3 (60) = 220 points
  • Rank 2 (80), two times rank 3 (60) = 200 points
  • Rang 2 (80), Rang 3 (60), Rang 4 (50) = 190 Punkte

Super G

  1. Lara Gut-Behrami ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 445 points
  2. Corinne Suter ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 250 points
  3. Tamara Tippler ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น 240 Punkte

With two races still outstanding, Gut-Behrami wins the small crystal ball is a matter of form. Even if Suter wins both Super-Gs, the Ticino woman is already 26th in Val di Fassa on Sunday.

Including the World Championship race, Lara Gut-Behrami recently won five Super-Gs in a row. Image: keystone

Giant slalom

  1. Marta Bassino ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 460 points
  2. Tessa Worley ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 336 Punkte
  3. Michelle Gisin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 312 points
  4. Federica Brignone ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 282 Punkte
  5. Mikaela Shiffrin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 280 Points
  6. Lara Gut-Behrami ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 259 points

It doesn’t look like this crystal ball will go to a Swiss woman. Bassino could secure it in the penultimate giant slalom of the season with two races still outstanding.


  1. Petra Vlhova ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 400 points
  2. Katharina Liensberger ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น 360 points
  3. Mikaela Shiffrin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 335 Points
  4. Michelle Gisin ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 330 points
  5. Wendy Holdener ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 245 Punkte

With four remaining slaloms in the pole forest, a lot remains possible. World champion Liensberger was on the podium in all five races, but has never won the World Cup – she made her premiere at the World Championships in Cortina. ยฉ

 The  Austrian is in the flow and can perhaps hope that Vlhova will make it through instead of winning the day in the fight for the big crystal ball.

Shortly before New Year’s Eve, Michelle Gisin celebrated her first World Cup victory in Semmering. Image: keystone


Overall World Cup

27 out of 38 races have been completed. Next up on Saturday and Sunday are two giant slaloms in Bansko, Bulgaria. ยฉ

 The  current status:

  1. Alexis Pinturault ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 924 points
  2. Marco Odermatt ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 699 points
  3. Marco Schwarz ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น 666 points
  4. Matthias Mayer ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น 604 points
  5. Loic Meillard ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 562 points

It’s hard to imagine any other winner than Pinturault. ยฉ

 The  Frenchman is at the top in so many disciplines that only one injury can stop him – as happened in December Kilde. ยฉ

 The  overall World Cup winner last winter was in top form when his cruciate ligament tore.

Number 1 in the world: Alexis Pinturault. Image: keystone

Eleven men’s races are still scheduled: two downhill runs, three Super-G, four giant slaloms and two slaloms.


  1. Beat Feuz ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 406 points
  2. Matthias Mayer ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น 358 points
  3. Dominik Paris ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 288 points
  4. Johan Clarey ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 243 Punkte

Two victories on the Streif in Kitzbรผhel, second in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, third in Val Gardena, plus a bronze medal at the World Championships – Feuz is also impressive this winter. ยฉ

 The  Emmentaler has the chance to win the Downhill World Cup for the fourth time in a row. So far, this only succeeded the Austrian Franz Klammer over 40 years ago. Klammer (5) and Didier Cuche (4) were the first to win more than three small crystal balls in the supreme discipline.

His highlight of winter: Beat Feuz won both runs in Kitzbรผhel. Image: keystone

Super G

  1. Vincent Kriechmayr ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น 341 points
  2. Matthias Mayer ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น 240 points
  3. Mauro Caviezel ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 225 points
  4. Marco Odermatt ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 218 points
  5. Alexander Aamodt Source ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด 172 Points
  6. Kjetil Jansrud ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด 160 Points


 The re are still three races to go. Caviezel won the small crystal ball last winter, this winter he won the World Cup for the first time – and then got injured. ยฉ

 The  comeback at the World Cup was unsatisfactory. Rival Kriechmayr is completely different: He’s going into the rest of the World Cup season with a lot of momentum as Cortina’s double world champion.

Mauro Caviezel would love to kiss Crystal again. Image: EPA

Giant slalom

  1. Alexis Pinturault ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 440 points
  2. Marco Odermatt ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 400 points
  3. Filip Zubcic ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท 368 Punkte
  4. Loic Meillard ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 245 points
  5. Tommy Ford ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ 200 Punkte

With four giant slaloms still pending, it is too early to make a forecast. It is clear that Odermatt has a great chance of winning a crystal ball for the first time in his career. He finished on the podium four times (one win), but Pinturault won the last three races in a row, the last two ahead of Zubcic. At the World Cup all favorites had to put up with a disappointment, Mathieu Faivre ahead of Luce De Aliprandini and Marco Schwarz was the surprising podium.

Marco Odermatt celebrates his second World Cup victory in Santa Caterina, the first in a giant slalom. Image: keystone


  1. Marco Schwarz ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น 589 points
  2. Ramon Zenhรคusern ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 443 points
  3. Sebastian Foss-Solevaag ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด 405 Points

Two slaloms are still pending – it will be difficult for Zen houses to catch Black. Even if the โ€œdouble meterโ€ from the Valais wins the next race and the strong Austrian fails, he is still in the lead by 46 points. Zenhรคuser would have to hope for another out of Black and finish at least fourth. ยฉ

 The  newly crowned world champion Foss-Solevaag only has a theoretical chance if he wins both slaloms.

53 years after Dumeng Giovanoli, Ramon Zenhรคusern would only be the second Swiss winner of the slalom ball. Image: keystone

Nations ranking

After 30 years of Austrian dominance, Swiss-Ski won this prestigious ranking for the first time last winter. This season there is a strong smell of title defense. ยฉ

 The  current status:

  1. Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ 7408 points
  2. Austria ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น 6659 points
  3. Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 4453 points
  4. Norway ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด 3547 points
  5. France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท 3543 points

A sign of strength and balance: Switzerland is in first place for both sexes. Men are 93 points ahead of Austria, while women are 384 points over Italy.

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