RACING IN COURCHEVEL
8th October 2017
It’s an exciting season ahead in the French resort as it hosts the first women’s parallel slalom. And there’s more… NEW
World Cup: Parallel Slalom
It is to be the 1st women’s parallel slalom event in the history of the ‘white circus’.
And it’ll be a good week for racing in Courchevel.
It will take place the day after the giant slalom event.
The world’s best female skiers will be on the staring line.
FIS World Cup:
18,000 spectators are expected in resort both on the GS and parallel slalom event days.
It looks to be a glamorous occasion, not just because it is to be hosted by Courchevel.
A helmet designed by popstar David Cintract is awarded each year to the fastest skier.
Tina Maze and Eva-Maria Brem are previous winners at the Emile-Allais stadium.
Courchevel – Meribel has been selected as the French candidate to host the 2023 Alpine Skiing World Championships.
The French Skiing Federation president, Michel Vion, thinks this joint candidature stands every chance of success.
The vote will take place during the Athens FIS convention in May 2018.
Three alpine skiers and two ski jumpers should represent Courchevel in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.
Alexis Pinturault, who won a medal in the Sochi Games in 2014, is one of them.
Anne-Sophie Barthet, TaiÌˆna Barioz, LeÌa Lemare and Lucile Morat should also fly the flag in the upcoming Olympics.
This season will also see the 1st World Cup Ladies’ parallel slalom by night.
On the 21st of December, the day after the parallel slalom World Cup, Courchevel will host the Ladies Night Tour.
This is a parallel slalom circuit with the best French female skiers.
At night, of course….
What to expect in the racing:
Parallel slalom is a spectacular event and a favourite to watch.
Racers go head-to-head on parallel courses and spectators are right up close to the action.
At midday, the 32 fastest skiers arenamed from the qualifiers.
From 6.30pm, the best will compete on two courses.
There are 21 to 23 gates and the courses run just over 8m apart.
There are two stages:
The skier with the best cumulative time qualifies for ‘pre-quarter finals’.
The eighth-, quarter-, semi-finals and finals take place in one round.
Winners go head-to-head in the final.
An exciting event not to miss!
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