After the demonstration of the Italian Sofia Goggia in Val d’Isère on December 18 and 19, all eyes are on the neighboring resort of Courchevel, where the best skiers in the world are expected for two giant slaloms on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 December.
Announced among the favorites on the Emile-Allais track, the American Mikaela Shiffrin, the French Tessa Worley or the Slovakian Petra Vlhova can win big points for the general classification of the World Cup.
Mikaela Shiffrin will be keen to recover, after losing the lead in the general classification of the World Cup this weekend to Sofia Goggia (with 75 points difference), who capitalized on her downhill double and super- G in Val d’Isère.
— FIS Alpine (@fisalpine) December 19, 2021
The American, triple winner of the big crystal globe (from 2017 to 2019), had just chained three very high level super-Gs (6th in Lake Louise, twice 3rd in Saint-Moritz in mid-December) in eight days. However, she failed to reach the podium in Val d’Isère, finishing 5th at 75 hundredths behind Goggia, a gap that she blamed on her “lack of experience” on this track.
The French Tessa Worley is also expected, very motivated after her start to the season “frustrating” in Saint-Moritz, where she had left in the upper part of the route.
Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami, for her part, had to withdraw from both Val d’Isère and Courchevel after testing positive for Covid-19, which could cost her dearly in terms of points over the season.
Same punishment for the Austrian Katharina Liensberger and for the New Zealander Alice Robinson: “Unfortunately I tested positive for Covid-19 last week in Italy and have been in isolation ever since”, announced the latter on her Instagram account, declaring “extremely disappointed” to miss the four French stages.
Twice two rounds will be contested on Tuesday and Wednesday, since Courchevel has recovered the women’s giant canceled at the end of November at Killington (United States) due to bad weather conditions. A godsend for the very upscale Savoyard resort which will also host, with Méribel, the finals of the Alpine Skiing World Cup from March 14 to 20, one year before the Worlds in 2023.