2020–21 Fis Alpine Ski World Cup

The 2020–21 Fis Alpine Ski World Cup will officially begin on October 17-18, 2020, with the traditional opening event in Soelden, Austria.

The coronavirus pandemic not only led to the early end of the previous season, but it has also impacted the schedules of the upcoming campaign.

2020–21 Fis Alpine Ski World Cup

Top skiers like Mikaela Shiffrin, Petra Vlhova, and Federica Brignone on the women’s side, and Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Henrik Kristoffersen, and Alexis Pinturault on the men’s side, will be competing for titles and crystal globes, so we can still expect some exciting action on the slopes.

2020–21 Fis Alpine Ski World Cup

Killington, Lake Louise, and Beaver Creek in North America all had their races cancelled and their events moved to other, already established contests in Europe.

COVID-19 has instituted strict regulations, such as separating technical races from speed races and keeping men and women in separate competitions (No combined events feature in the World Cup calendar).

The men’s competition consists of 39 individual races spread out over 18 locations in 9 countries. There are 35 different competitions open to the women (20 locations, 11 countries).

In the same vein as the men’s races from last year, the women’s downhill and super G scheduled for Yanqing, China, on February 27-28 have been cancelled.

Starting on February 8 and running through the 21st, the World Championships will be held in Cortina d’Ampezzo, one of the two cities hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics.

At Lenzerheide, Switzerland, from March 15-21, the 55th annual top alpine international circuit will come to a close.

While We Patiently For Shiffrin’s Return

After missing the first race of the season owing to a back injury, Mikaela Shiffrin was expected to comeback after nine months (Bansko Super G, 26 Jan).

The two-time Olympic champion had a commanding lead and seemed destined to win her fourth straight overall globe until she withdrew from competition for more than a month after the loss of her father, Jeff.

Kristoffersen favourite?

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was the most reliable skier in the 2019/2020 men’s season, scoring points across all three major events (speed, giant slalom, and combined).

The 28-year-old Norwegian will have to work hard to defend his championship this season, as the combined world champion and overall runner-up from last year, Alexis Pinturault, and the slalom and giant slalom champion, Henrik Kristoffersen, are among his biggest challenges.

Gen Z

One of the young skiers who hopes to consistently compete in the World Cup is Adam Hofstedt, who has already won two gold medals at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games.

The 18-year-old is inspired to succeed by Olympic slalom champion Frida Hansdotter, as well as by her Swedish colleague Sara Rask, who won GS gold at the last junior World Champs in Narvik, Norway.

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