St. Moritz SG – Women
Real quick, Vonn has won the last to SG races in St. Moritz that were not a part of a combined. We all know that I am not a fan of the Super-Combi format so I don’t really care about those Super-G races. That’s the good news. The bad news is that no one else from the USA has done anything there in the last 3 races contested. Riesch was 2nd last year and Fenninger 3rd. The hill has been a chore for Maze. Her recent best is 6th but was also 12th and 13th. Goergl has been ok here as has Fischbacher. But after their lackluster performance at the Lake, I am not inclined to pick them to do anything. On another note, if you want to pick a flyer, why not Ms. Marsaglia who was 7th last season or Lena Duerr or Kathrin Zettel who were also in the top 10. And Zettel in an off-event. One quick note, Lara Gut made her presence felt here in 2009 with a win and Fabi Suter was 2nd. I have been told more than once by one of her coaches that she loves grippy snow.
If you love grippy snow, you will love St. Moritz. Above the tree-line and all man-made, this race course is the definition of grippy. Some athletes love it; some think it is far too aggressive. But it also has a ton of terrain and no markers. No trees, no rocks, no nothing. Just white on white and a bunch of gates. It makes it tough.
Vonn, Gut, Fenninger, Suter, Hosp, Maze, Mancuso, Marchand-Arvier, Aufdenblatten, Goergl.
Men SL in Val d’Isere
First of all, I have to send my condolences to Nolan Kasper. Piling up injury after injury is tough on a body and a mind. I wish you the best and please get back after it! We need you! And thanks for putting the slalom first! It was a change in schedule of course but needed due to all the new snow. And to put off the pain of watching the struggle on 35m skis on a 20m course.
Anyway, you can throw out the last race here as a research platform. Hirscher as the winner is a good pick. But Raich is fading even though it is a great hill for him. Then the next 6 guys from the 2010 result sheet are either coming back from injury or are out. So wipe the slate clean.
I like Hirscher who starts 4. I like Kostelic on this hill starting 6. I always like Myhrer. And while he does not have the pedigree on this hill, he is just on fire and a different skier than in the past. His set-up works for sure and he has confidence. It’s also a good hill for Ligety, Dopfer and Razzoli. Don’t overlook Missillier in a comeback starting 18.
My guess: Hirscher, Myhrer, Raich, Dopfer, Matt, Ratzo, Neureuther, Ligety, Kostelic and DeVille. And a TON of DNFs.