2007 Alpine Skiing World Cup

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The 41st World Cup season was scheduled to begin on 28 October 2006, but cancellation of the opening races in Sölden delayed the season's start by two weeks. A very poor snowpack in the Alps, along with stormy weather in January, caused numerous races to be moved and rescheduled throughout the winter. The schedule included a mid-season break during the first 3 weeks of February for the World Championships in Åre, Sweden. The season concluded on 18 March 2007, at the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Summary[edit]

The top two finishers from last season, Benjamin Raich of Austria and Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, at the top of the standings for most of the season. With consistent podium performances in the speed races, which won him the Cup title in downhill, Didier Cuche of Switzerland finished a solid third overall. The 2005 overall champion and last year's third-place finisher, American Bode Miller, won four speed events but struggled in the technical events, keeping him from the top spots in the overall standings throughout the season. Before the final four individual races of the season, these four athletes still had a mathematical chance to win the overall World Cup title. The strongest newcomer was Jens Byggmark of Sweden, who won the first two races of his career on consecutive days in late January to vault temporarily into the top ranks in the slalom standings. Also in slalom, Mario Matt of Austria came back to win three races in 2007, regaining his top form from the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Matt ultimately lost the slalom title to Raich by just 5 points.

The early season on the women's side was led by Marlies Schild of Austria, who won six slaloms and a super combined, clinching both of these Cups early. But the biggest story of the season's first half was the resurgence of Austria's Renate Götschl, who was coming off a difficult 2006 season which saw her drop to 19th in the overall standings, her worst finish since 1994. She rebounded to dominate the speed events, winning four races in Super G and three in downhill, securing the trophies in both of these events. American Julia Mancuso, 2006 Olympic gold medalist, had a very strong season, scoring the first four World Cup wins of her career. Nicole Hosp of Austria had a solid season with several podium positions, but few victories. Lindsey Kildow of the US celebrated three victories before she had to drop out after the World Championships due to a knee injury. Entering the World Cup Finals, four women — Hosp, Götschl, Mancuso, and Schild — were within a 102-point range, and each of them had a realistic chance of winning the overall World Cup title.

At the World Cup Finals in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, both the men's and women's overall titles came down to the technical events.

On the men's side, the race came down to Raich and Svindal. Going into the technical events, Raich looked unbeatable but a DNF for him in GS meant that Svindal would have an opportunity to clinch the title on the final day in slalom, his weakest event. Svindal needed only to finish in the top fifteen and score points in order to win the title, and he achieved it in hair-raising fashion — by finishing 15th.

Marlies Schild seemed a sure bet for the women's overall title after uncharacteristically strong performances in the speed events. But she skied disastrously in the slalom, the event that she had dominated all season long, and failed to score any points. That meant she needed both a strong performance in the GS and a weak one from her lone remaining rival, Nicole Hosp. But Hosp won the race while Schild managed just sixth place, ensuring the Cup title (and the GS globe) for Hosp.

Calendar[edit]

Key[edit]

DH downhill
SG Super G
GS giant slalom
SL slalom
K traditional combined
SC super combined
T nations team event

Men[edit]

Date Place Disc. Winner Second Third
29 October 2006 Sölden, Austria GS cancelled cancelled cancelled
12 November 2006 Levi, Finland SL Austria Benjamin Raich Sweden Markus Larsson Italy Giorgio Rocca
25 November 2006 Lake Louise, Canada DH Liechtenstein Marco Büchel Canada Manuel Osborne-Paradis Italy Peter Fill
26 November 2006 Lake Louise, Canada SG Canada John Kucera Austria Mario Scheiber Sweden Patrik Järbyn
30 November 2006 Beaver Creek, United States SC Norway Aksel Lund Svindal Switzerland Marc Berthod Austria Rainer Schönfelder
1 December 2006 Beaver Creek, United States DH United States Bode Miller Switzerland Didier Cuche United States Steven Nyman
2 December 2006 Beaver Creek, United States GS Italy Massimiliano Blardone Norway Aksel Lund Svindal United States Ted Ligety
3 December 2006 Beaver Creek, United States SL Sweden André Myhrer Canada Michael Janyk Germany Felix Neureuther
10 December 2006 Val d'Isère, France
Reiteralm, Austria
SC Croatia Ivica Kostelić Austria Romed Baumann France Pierrick Bourgeat
15 December 2006 Val Gardena, Italy SG United States Bode Miller Austria Christoph Gruber Canada John Kucera
16 December 2006 Val Gardena, Italy DH United States Steven Nyman Switzerland Didier Cuche Austria Fritz Strobl
17 December 2006 Alta Badia, Italy GS Finland Kalle Palander United States Bode Miller Switzerland Didier Défago
18 December 2006 Alta Badia, Italy SL Sweden Markus Larsson United States Ted Ligety Croatia Ivica Kostelić
20 December 2006 Hinterstoder, Austria SG United States Bode Miller Italy Peter Fill Austria Hermann Maier
21 December 2006 Hinterstoder, Austria GS Norway Aksel Lund Svindal Canada François Bourque Finland Kalle Palander
9 December 2006
28 December 2006
Val d'Isère, France
Bormio, Italy
DH Austria Michael Walchhofer Switzerland Didier Cuche Austria Mario Scheiber
29 December 2006 Bormio, Italy DH Austria Michael Walchhofer Italy Peter Fill Austria Mario Scheiber
6 January 2007 Adelboden, Switzerland GS Austria Benjamin Raich Italy Massimiliano Blardone Norway Aksel Lund Svindal
7 January 2007 Adelboden, Switzerland SL Switzerland Marc Berthod Austria Benjamin Raich Austria Mario Matt
13 January 2007 Wengen, Switzerland DH United States Bode Miller Switzerland Didier Cuche Italy Peter Fill
12 January 2007
14 January 2007
Wengen, Switzerland SC Austria Mario Matt Switzerland Marc Berthod Switzerland Silvan Zurbriggen
20 January 2007 Chamonix, France
Val d'Isère, France
DH France Pierre-Emmanuel Dalcin Canada Erik Guay Canada Manuel Osborne-Paradis
26 January 2007 Kitzbühel, Austria SG cancelled cancelled cancelled
14 January 2007
27 January 2007
Wengen, Switzerland
Kitzbühel, Austria
SL Sweden Jens Byggmark Austria Mario Matt Germany Alois Vogl
28 January 2007 Kitzbühel, Austria SL Sweden Jens Byggmark Austria Mario Matt Italy Manfred Mölgg
29 January 2007 Kitzbühel, Austria K cancelled cancelled cancelled
30 January 2007 Schladming, Austria SL Austria Benjamin Raich Sweden Jens Byggmark Austria Mario Matt
27 January 2007
23 February 2007
Kitzbühel, Austria
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
DH Slovenia Andrej Jerman Austria Hans Grugger Canada Erik Guay
24 February 2007 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany DH Canada Erik Guay Slovenia Andrej Jerman Switzerland Didier Cuche
25 February 2007 Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany SL Austria Mario Matt Germany Felix Neureuther Austria Benjamin Raich
3 March 2007 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia GS Austria Benjamin Raich Canada François Bourque Italy Massimiliano Blardone
4 March 2007 Kranjska Gora, Slovenia SL Austria Mario Matt Austria Benjamin Raich Italy Manfred Mölgg
21 January 2007
9 March 2007
Chamonix, France
Val d'Isère, France

Kvitfjell, Norway
SC Austria Benjamin Raich Switzerland Silvan Zurbriggen Norway Aksel Lund Svindal
9 March 2007
10 March 2007
Kvitfjell, Norway DH Switzerland Didier Cuche Canada Erik Guay Liechtenstein Marco Büchel
10 March 2007
11 March 2007
Kvitfjell, Norway SG Austria Hans Grugger Austria Mario Scheiber Switzerland Didier Cuche
14 March 2007 Lenzerheide, Switzerland DH Norway Aksel Lund Svindal Switzerland Daniel Albrecht Austria Christoph Gruber
15 March 2007 Lenzerheide, Switzerland SG Norway Aksel Lund Svindal Austria Benjamin Raich Canada Erik Guay
17 March 2007 Lenzerheide, Switzerland GS Norway Aksel Lund Svindal Italy Massimiliano Blardone United States Bode Miller
18 March 2007 Lenzerheide, Switzerland SL Austria Benjamin Raich Austria Mario Matt Italy Manfred Mölgg

Ladies[edit]

Date Place Disc. Winner Second Third
28 October 2006 Sölden, Austria GS cancelled cancelled cancelled
11 November 2006 Levi, Finland SL Austria Marlies Schild Austria Nicole Hosp Austria Kathrin Zettel
25 November 2006 Aspen, United States GS Austria Kathrin Zettel Finland Tanja Poutiainen Austria Michaela Kirchgasser
26 November 2006 Aspen, United States SL Austria Marlies Schild Austria Nicole Hosp Sweden Therese Borssén
1 December 2006 Lake Louise, Canada DH Germany Maria Riesch United States Lindsey Kildow Italy Nadia Fanchini
2 December 2006 Lake Louise, Canada DH United States Lindsey Kildow Austria Renate Götschl Sweden Anja Pärson
3 December 2006 Lake Louise, Canada SG Austria Renate Götschl United States Lindsey Kildow Canada Kelly VanderBeek
10 December 2006
15 December 2006
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Reiteralm, Austria
SC Austria Marlies Schild Austria Michaela Kirchgasser Austria Kathrin Zettel
17 December 2006
16 December 2006
Val d'Isère, France
Reiteralm, Austria
SG Austria Renate Götschl Austria Nicole Hosp Switzerland Martina Schild
16 December 2006
19 December 2006
Val d'Isère, France DH United States Julia Mancuso Austria Renate Götschl United States Lindsey Kildow
9 December 2006
20 December 2006
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Val d'Isère, France
DH United States Lindsey Kildow United States Julia Mancuso Sweden Anja Pärson
20 December 2006
21 December 2006
Megève, France
Val d'Isère, France
SL Austria Marlies Schild Germany Annemarie Gerg Sweden Therese Borssén
28 December 2006 Semmering, Austria GS Austria Kathrin Zettel Austria Nicole Hosp Austria Marlies Schild
29 December 2006 Semmering, Austria SL Sweden Therese Borssén Austria Kathrin Zettel Austria Marlies Schild
4 January 2007 Zagreb, Croatia SL Austria Marlies Schild Croatia Ana Jelušić Czech Republic Šárka Záhrobská
6 January 2007 Maribor, Slovenia
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
GS Austria Nicole Hosp Italy Nicole Gius Finland Tanja Poutiainen
7 January 2007 Maribor, Slovenia
Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
SL Austria Marlies Schild Czech Republic Šárka Záhrobská Slovakia Veronika Zuzulová
12 January 2007
13 January 2007
Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria DH Austria Renate Götschl Switzerland Dominique Gisin United States Julia Mancuso
13 January 2007
14 January 2007
Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria SC United States Julia Mancuso United States Lindsey Kildow Austria Marlies Schild
19 January 2007 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy SG United States Julia Mancuso Austria Nicole Hosp Austria Renate Götschl
20 January 2007 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy DH Austria Renate Götschl United States Julia Mancuso France Marie Marchand-Arvier
21 January 2007 Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy GS Italy Karen Putzer United States Julia Mancuso Italy Denise Karbon
14 January 2007
26 January 2007
Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria
San Sicario, Italy
SG Austria Renate Götschl United States Lindsey Kildow Austria Christine Sponring
27 January 2007 San Sicario, Italy DH Austria Renate Götschl Austria Elisabeth Görgl Austria Maria Holaus
28 January 2007 San Sicario, Italy SG United States Lindsey Kildow Austria Renate Götschl Austria Christine Sponring
24 February 2007 Sierra Nevada, Spain GS Austria Michaela Kirchgasser Austria Nicole Hosp Finland Tanja Poutiainen
25 February 2007 Sierra Nevada, Spain SL Austria Marlies Schild Finland Tanja Poutiainen Slovakia Veronika Zuzulová
2 March 2007 Tarvisio, Italy SC Austria Nicole Hosp United States Julia Mancuso Austria Marlies Schild
3 March 2007 Tarvisio, Italy DH United States Julia Mancuso Austria Renate Götschl Canada Emily Brydon
4 March 2007 Tarvisio, Italy SG Austria Renate Götschl Austria Nicole Hosp United States Julia Mancuso
10 March 2007 Zwiesel, Germany GS Finland Tanja Poutiainen Austria Nicole Hosp Austria Michaela Kirchgasser
11 March 2007 Zwiesel, Germany SL Austria Marlies Schild Sweden Anna Ottosson
Czech Republic Šárka Záhrobská
none
14 March 2007 Lenzerheide, Switzerland DH Austria Renate Götschl Austria Marlies Schild France Marie Marchand-Arvier
15 March 2007 Lenzerheide, Switzerland SG Sweden Anja Pärson Austria Andrea Fischbacher Austria Marlies Schild
17 March 2007 Lenzerheide, Switzerland SL Austria Nicole Hosp Sweden Anja Pärson Slovakia Veronika Zuzulová
18 March 2007 Lenzerheide, Switzerland GS Austria Nicole Hosp Germany Kathrin Hölzl Austria Michaela Kirchgasser

Team Event[edit]

Date Place Disc. Winner Second Third
16 March 2007 Lenzerheide, Switzerland T Austria Austria Italy Italy France France

Men's final standings[edit]

Overall[edit]

see complete table

Pos. Points
1. Norway Aksel Lund Svindal 1268
2. Austria Benjamin Raich 1255
3. Switzerland Didier Cuche 1098
4. United States Bode Miller 882
5. Austria Mario Matt 744

Downhill[edit]

see complete table

Pos. Points
1. Switzerland Didier Cuche 652
2. Liechtenstein Marco Büchel 471
3. Canada Erik Guay 393
4. Italy Peter Fill 382
5. Austria Michael Walchhofer 370

Slalom[edit]

see complete table

Pos. Points
1. Austria Benjamin Raich 605
2. Austria Mario Matt 600
3. Sweden Jens Byggmark 490
4. Sweden Markus Larsson 340
5. Italy Manfred Mölgg 334

Giant slalom[edit]

see complete table

Pos. Points
1. Norway Aksel Lund Svindal 416
2. Italy Massimiliano Blardone 380
3. Austria Benjamin Raich 319
4. Finland Kalle Palander 299
5. Canada François Bourque 249

Super G[edit]

see complete table

Pos. Points
1. United States Bode Miller 304
2. Switzerland Didier Cuche 208
3. Canada John Kucera 194
4. Austria Mario Scheiber 190
5. Norway Aksel Lund Svindal 181

Combined[edit]

see complete table

Pos. Points
1. Norway Aksel Lund Svindal 232
2. Switzerland Marc Berthod 202
3. Croatia Ivica Kostelić 200
4. Switzerland Silvan Zurbriggen 169
5. Austria Benjamin Raich 166

Men's Nations Cup[edit]

Pos. Points
1. Austria Austria 6610
2. Switzerland Switzerland 3982
3. Italy Italy 3080
4. Canada Canada 2258
5. United States United States 2154

Ladies final standings[edit]

Overall[edit]

Pos. Points
1. Austria Nicole Hosp 1572
2. Austria Marlies Schild 1482
3. United States Julia Mancuso 1356
4. Austria Renate Goetschl 1300
5. Sweden Anja Pärson 885

Downhill[edit]

Pos. Nation Points
1. Austria Renate Götschl 705
2. United States Julia Mancuso 536
3. United States Lindsey Kildow 390
4. Sweden Anja Pärson 293
5. France Ingrid Jacquemod 264

Slalom[edit]

Pos. Points
1. Austria Marlies Schild 760
2. Austria Nicole Hosp 418
3. Czech Republic Šárka Záhrobská 405
4. Sweden Therese Borssén 389
5. Slovakia Veronika Zuzulová 344

Giant slalom[edit]

Pos. Points
1. Austria Nicole Hosp 490
2. Finland Tanja Poutiainen 419
3. Austria Michaela Kirchgasser 357
4. United States Julia Mancuso 275
5. Germany Kathrin Hölzl 228

Super G[edit]

Pos. Points
1. Austria Renate Götschl 540
2. Austria Nicole Hosp 352
3. United States Lindsey Kildow 310
4. United States Julia Mancuso 273
5. Austria Alexandra Meissnitzer 207

Combined[edit]

Pos. Points
1. Austria Marlies Schild 220
2. United States Julia Mancuso 195
3. Austria Nicole Hosp 190
4. Austria Michaela Kirchgasser 152
5. United States Resi Stiegler 119

Ladies' Nations Cup[edit]

Pos. Points
1. Austria Austria 8125
2. United States United States 3143
3. Sweden Sweden 2340
4. Italy Italy 2056
5. Switzerland Switzerland 1879

Final overall Nations Cup standings[edit]

Pos. Points
1. Austria Austria 14735
2. Switzerland Switzerland 5861
3. United States United States 5297
4. Italy Italy 5136
5. Sweden Sweden 4177

See also: FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2007

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