Snow Queen Trophy
VIP Snow Queen Trophy
|Start:||978 m (3,209 ft) AMSL|
|Finish:||768 m (2,520 ft)|
|Vertical:||210 m (689 ft)|
VIP Snow Queen (Croatian: Snježna kraljica) is a World Cup alpine ski race in Croatia. The men's and women's slalom races take place on the Medvednica mountaintop Sljeme, just north of Zagreb, usually in early January. The women's race debuted in 2005 and the men's event was added three years later in 2008. The events are held on the red run ski track on Medvednica, starting at an elevation of 985 m (3,232 ft) and ending at 785 m (2,575 ft). Besides the city events in Moscow and Munich, it is the only World Cup event held near a large metropolitan area.
Its current prize fund of €120,000 is one of the largest on the World Cup circuit, with a winner's share of €46,000. The race has been known to attract up to 25,000 spectators, making it one of the largest and the most visited race on the World Cup calendar. The trophy is a crystal crown with past winners' names imprinted on it. At the award ceremony, the winner is presented with a cloak and sits on a throne like a queen (king).
The race was originally called "Golden Bear" (Croatian: Zlatni medvjed), but from the 2006 event the name was changed in honor of Janica Kostelić, whose victories in the sport helped popularise skiing in Croatia and also paved the way for the race to be included in the premier competition for alpine skiing. Marcel Hirscher has won three consecutive races in the men's event. Croatian skiers never finished better than second in the event. In the women's race, Janica Kostelić finished third in 2006, while Ana Jelušić finished second the following year. The all-time leader at Zagreb is Marlies Schild, with four wins and six podium finishes. In the men's race Ivica Kostelić has four podium finishes, three second places and one third place.
In 2013, Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest winner at the age of 17 years, 9 months, and 23 days. In 2014, the race was cancelled due to lack of snow. Shiffrin, reigning Olympic champion in slalom, defended her crown in 2015. The following year, both races were again cancelled due to lack of snow.
Podium finishers in the slalom races.
|Season||Race date||Winner (titles)||Second||Third|
|2008||17 February 2008||Mario Matt||Ivica Kostelić||Reinfried Herbst|
|2009||6 January 2009||Jean-Baptiste Grange||Ivica Kostelić||Giuliano Razzoli|
|2010||6 January 2010||Giuliano Razzoli||Manfred Mölgg||Julien Lizeroux|
|2011||6 January 2011||André Myhrer||Ivica Kostelić||Mattias Hargin|
|2012||5 January 2012||Marcel Hirscher||Felix Neureuther||Ivica Kostelić|
|2013||6 January 2013||Marcel Hirscher (2)||André Myhrer||Mario Matt|
|2014||6 January 2014||Cancelled due to lack of snow|
|2015||6 January 2015||Marcel Hirscher (3)||Felix Neureuther||Sebastian Foss Solevåg|
|2016||6 January 2016||Cancelled due to lack of snow|
|2017||5 January 2017||Manfred Mölgg||Felix Neureuther||Henrik Kristoffersen|
|Season||Race date||Winner (titles)||Second||Third|
|2005||20 January 2005||Tanja Poutiainen||Kristina Koznick||Marlies Schild|
|2006||5 January 2006||Marlies Schild||Kathrin Zettel||Janica Kostelić|
|2007||4 January 2007||Marlies Schild (2)||Ana Jelušić||Šárka Záhrobská|
|2008||15 February 2008||Tanja Poutiainen (2)||Marlies Schild||Veronika Zuzulová|
|2009||4 January 2009||Maria Riesch||Nicole Gius||Šárka Záhrobská|
|2010||3 January 2010||Sandrine Aubert||Kathrin Zettel||Susanne Riesch|
|2011||4 January 2011||Marlies Schild (3)||Maria Riesch||Manuela Mölgg|
|2012||3 January 2012||Marlies Schild (4)||Tina Maze||Michaela Kirchgasser|
|2013||4 January 2013||Mikaela Shiffrin||Frida Hansdotter||Erin Mielzynski|
|2014||4 January 2014||Cancelled due to lack of snow|
|2015||4 January 2015||Mikaela Shiffrin (2)||Kathrin Zettel||Nina Løseth|
|2016||5 January 2016||Cancelled due to lack of snow|
|2017||3 January 2017||Veronika Velez Zuzulová||Petra Vlhová||Šárka Strachová|
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