We are on the verge of another exciting ski World Cup; with the season opener kicking off in Solden last month. With retirements, injuries and upcoming stars, here is our 2019/20 Ski World Cup predictions.
There will be some notable absences in this years championships. Retirements and injuries has taken some big names out of contention. Here are the big names not competing this season:
1. Marcel Hirscher
Arguably the greatest ski racer of all time. The 30 year old Austrian decided to hang up the boots, announcing his retirement on Austrian TV. Hirscher’s dominance as a technical racer saw him win 67 World Cup wins, 2 Olympic golds, and 8 consecutive ‘Overall Globes’. However, finally, he decided “ski racing is not the most important thing any more.” The door is now open for a new champion in both the tech disciplines and overall championships.
2. Lindsey Vonn
A skiing icon in the sport. Vonn had a superb career with 82 world cup victories (2nd of all time). She also has 4 Overall and 8 Downhill globes to her name alongside an Olympic Gold medal. The American battled with numerous major ligament tears and bone brakes leading to her retirement. She finished on a high with a DH Bronze at the 2019 World Championship in Sweden. At 34 she set the record for the oldest woman to medal at a world championship.
3. Felix Neureuther
Germany’s most successful skier announced his retirement in March 2019. The German often played second best to Hirscher in the slalom, which adds to the gap at the top of the podium this season. “My heart, and above all, my body have made it clear to me in recent months that it is time to finish this wonderful chapter of ski racing,”
4. Axel Lund Svindal
The Norwegian viking announced his retirement after the 2019 World Championships in Sweden. The speed specialist clocked up 8 World Cup Globes in GS, Super G and DH, as well as 2 overalls. The 36 year old was still a podium contender last season. His retirement will leave a number of the speed skiers relieved on tour this season.
Who To Watch!
- Clement Noel
The 22 yr old frenchman made his mark last season in Slalom with 3 World Cup wins and a 2nd place. He pipped Kristoffersen to 2nd place in the 2019 standings. We predict it will be a battle between Noel and Zenhausern for the slalom title this year.
3. Alexis Pinturault
Pinturault’s strongest discipline is GS; standing on the podium for the past 7 seasons. The Frenchman is still a top 10 Slalom contender. The French GS specialist is long due a Globe in GS now Hirscher has retired.
4. Alice Robinson
The 17yr old Kiwi is only 5ft 4 but is making waves on the World Cup scene. She finished the 2019 season with a Silver in the GS behind Shiffrin and has gone one better at the GS opener in Solden last weekend. Expect a battle for the GS between her and the young American this season.
- Dominik Paris
The Italian clinched the Super G title last season in a very deep field, as well as finished 2nd in the DH and 3rd overall. At 30 yrs of old, his experience plays a part in the speed events with knowledge of the regular World Cup tracks giving him an advantage. Paris took a huge step in his career by taking the win at Kitzbühel last January, the biggest DH event of the year. If his form continues, he could take both speed titles and be a big contender for the overall.
2. Nicole Schmidhofer
The Austrian took the DH title last season and the 2nd in the SG behind Shiffrin. There will be a lot of pressure on the Austrian to fly the flag with the departure of Hirscher.
3. Vincent Kriechmayr
The Austrian is getting faster season by season, peaking last year finishing 2nd in SG and 3rd in DH. Full of confidence, it won’t take much for the 28yr old to the take the globe in either of the speed disciplines.
Overall Globe Predictions
Women – Mikaela Shiffrin
Shiffrin is on form to smash all ski records out of the park. The 23yr old American already has 6 slalom globes and 3 consecutive overall globes to her name. Last season she won the Slalom, GS and Super G titles, despite not turning up to all races! So long as she stays away from injury, it’s hard not to see her taking a 4th overall title.
The Men’s fight for the overall is more likely to be a tighter battle. Now Hirscher is off, Pintereux is favorite to take the title. Although known as a technical skier, the Frenchman is very fast on a Super G course and has been dominant in the Alpine Combined for the past 7 years. That being said if Paris or Krichmayr can build on their success in the Speed events, we might see a speed skier take the title for the first time since Carlo Janka in 2010.
Want to know more?
We hope our Ski World Cup predictions give some insight into an exciting season ahead. Want to find out more about ski racing? Read our guide to the difference race disciplines here – http://batterseaski.co.uk/getting-my-head-around-the-disciplines-of-ski-racing/