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Snowsports: Who Won What?

World Cup skiing and snowboarding ended abruptly and prematurely this season, thanks to the coronavirus crisis.  We round up your 2019-20 champions.

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The Crystal Globes in each discipline have been awarded, though some of the winners have yet to get their hands on them.

Cancelled competitions and travel restrictions mean it could be some time before the victors see their spoils.

“With the season ending suddenly and, in most cases, not at the scheduled final venues, it was often not possible to officially present the winners with their crystal globes for the overall and discipline World Cup winners,” a statement from the International Ski Federation said.

“FIS is currently in the process of redirecting all globes and medals from the locations of the originally planned finals and will now work closely with the respective athletes’ National Ski Associations to prepare the globes’ distribution and appropriate presentation opportunities to recognise the athletes achievements, once the Coronavirus crisis has passed.”

Here at PlanetSKI we thought it was time to celebrate the achievements of the world’s best snowsports athletes.

At least it will give you something other than the global pandemic and the restrictions of life under lockdown to think about.

We’re focussing on alpine, but include a list of the other FIS globe winners at the end of this article.

ALPINE SKIING

Women

Federica Brignone has become the first Italian woman to win the Overall Crystal Globe.

She follows in the footsteps of fellow Italians Piero Gros, Gustav Thoeni & Alberto Tomba.

Brignone had 11 podiums, among them 5 wins.

She also won the Giant Slalom and Alpine Combined titles.

Federica Brignone - pic FB Facebook

Federica Brignone – photo Facebook

The USA’s Mikaela Shiffrin, who missed a handful of races in the final six weeks of the season following the death of her father, finished 2nd in the Overall.  Petra Vlhova of Slovakia was 3rd.

Switzerland’s Corinne Suter was the queen of speed, winning both the Super G and Downhill Crystal Globes.

The Slalom and Parallel Slalom titles went to Vlhova, who finished on the podium in 13 of the last 15 World Cup slalom competitions and won the final three.

The rising star award went to Alice Robinson of New Zealand.

Men

The Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was the man of the season, winning the Overall title.

Kilde is the fourth Norwegian after Kjetil André Aamodt, Lasse Kjus (2), and Aksel Lund Svindal (2) to win the Overall World Cup.

Alexis Pinturault of France was Kilde’s main rival until the end and finished 2nd in the overall standings.  Pinturault did pick up a globe, however, winning the Alpine Combined title, the fourth of his career.

Another Norwegian, Henrik Kristoffersen, finished 3rd Overall but was the undisputed king of both Slalom and Giant Slalom.

Henrik Kristoffersen at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics

Henrik Kristoffersen at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics

It was a very tight finish in both disciplines, with Kristoffersen finishing only two points ahead of Clement Noel of France in Slalom and six points ahead of Alexis Pinturault in Giant Slalom.

It’s Kristoffersen’s second Slalom World Cup title and his first in GS.

The other three globes all went to Switzerland:  Beat Feuz (Downhill), Mauro Caviezel (Super G) and Loic Meillard (Parallel).

The rising star award for the best under-23 skier went to Clement Noel of France for the second time in a row.

GB SPORTING HISTORY-MAKERS

A big shout out goes to GB’s own Katie Ormerod.

Katie Ormerod podium in Calgary Feb 2020

Katie Ormerod

The 22-year-old snowboarder won the Crystal Globe in Slopestyle and finished 2nd Overall, as we reported in our earlier article.

Congratulations also go to Telemark skier, Jasmin Taylor, who became the most successful British skier of all time this winter, breaking the GB record for World Cup podiums.

She went on to finish 3rd in the standings in the Classic discipline.

Thomas Gerken-Schofield deserves a mention, too.

He made GB sporting history with the very first World Cup medal for a Brit in a Moguls competition.

Away from the FIS disciplines, the British Para Snowsports team had a hugely successful season with snowboarder Owen Pick finishing with the Banked Slalom Crystal Globe.

Owen Pick wins banked slalom crystal globe 2019-20

Owen Pick with his Crystal Globe

MORE FIS CRYSTAL GLOBE WINNERS

Park & Pipe – Snowboard

  • Men’s slopestyle – Ruki Tobita (Japan)
  • Men’s halfpipe & overall – Scotty James (Australia)
  • Men’s big air – Chris Corning (USA)
  • Women’s slopestyle – Katie Ormerod (GB)
  • Women’s halfpipe & overall – Xuetong Cai (China)
  • Women’s big air – Reira Iwabuchi (Japan)

Park Pipe – Ski

  • Men’s big air – Birk Ruud (Norway)
  • Men’s slopestyle – Andri Ragettli (Switzerland)
  • Men’s halfpipe – Aaron Blunck (USA)
  • Women’s big air – Giulia Tanno (Switzerland)
  • Women’s slopestyle – Sarah Hoefflin (Switzerland)
  • Women’s halfpipe – Valeriya Demidova (Russia)

Moguls

  • Men (& overall freestyle)- Mikael Kingsbury (Canada)
  • Women (& overall freestyle) Perrine Lafont (France)

Ski Cross

  • Men – Kevin Drury (Canada)
  • Women – Sandra Naesland (Sweden)

Snowboard Cross

  • Men – Alessandro Haemmerle (Austria)
  • Women – Michela Moioli (Italy)

Telemark

  • Men’s classic & overall – Stefan Matter (Switzerland)
  • Men’s sprint – Bastien Dayer (Switzerland)
  • Men’s parallel sprint – Jure Ales (Slovenia)
  • Women’s classic, sprint, parallel sprint & overall – Amelie Wenger-Raymond (Switzerland)

Nordic Combined

  • Men overall – Jarl Magnus Riibe (Norway)
  • Women overall – Stefaniya Nadymova (Russia)

Ski Jumping

Men’s overall – Stefan Kraft (Austria)
Women’s overall  – Maren Lundby (Norway)

Cross Country

  • Men’s distance & overall – Alexander Bolshunov (Russia)
  • Men’s sprint – Johannes Klaebo (Norway)
  • Women’s distance & overall – Therese Johaug (Norway)
  • Women’s sprint – Linn Svann (Sweden)

Speed skiing

  • Men overall- Simone Origone (Italy)
  • Women overall – Britta Backlund (Sweden)

The winners of the Freeride World Tour 2020 have also been crowned after the final stop in Verbier was cancelled.

See all the details in our separate story.

 

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