The new year began with the ski parallel in Monaco on January 1st.
The City Event is seen in a very controversial way in the world of skiing. On the one hand it is seen as a fun way to advertise this sport, for the high participation of citizens in the place where it carries out; on the other, however, it has not a clear place in the World Cup and the rules by which is governed not fail to arouse controversy among athletes and fans.
Can participate in this event the first twelve athletes of the slalom World Cup Start List and the first four athletes of the general World Cup Start List (or those that follow if these four are already present in slalom WCSL).
If any of these athletes is injured or does not want to participate in the event his federation can replace it with any athlete, provided that one of the top60 in the slalom World Cup Start List or among the top 100 in the FIS list. Strictly logic speaking, however, expected to be opened to the following athletes on the list, as pointed out by Julien Lizeroux in his blog. In addition, the City Event assigns points for the slalom cup (despite being a hybrid between the slalom and the giant slalom: the distance between the gates are like in a slalom, while the poles and the athletic gesture are those of the giant, where the pole can not be torn down), for the general cup, for the nations cup, but not for the World Cup Start List.
The matches are held in two runs and the maximum gap between the two athletes is fixed at fifty cents (also in case of a fall or output) in order to allow the athlete at a disadvantage to recover. The starts are controlled by electronic gates that open, in the second round, at different times depending on the gap between the two skiers. If at the end of the two runs the two athletes are tied, the turn passes the athlete who won the second, as a reward for recovery. Even this rule gives rise many controversy among fans and athletes, in fact, some suggest or a playoff run, but this lengthen the time, or count of milliseconds, which, in my opinion, it would be the more rational solution.
The ladies who participated were: Terese Borssen, Frida Hansdotter, Nicole Hosp (instead of Anna Fenninger), Michaela Kirchgasser, Julia Mancuso (instead of Lindsey Vonn), Tina Maze, Erin Mielzynski (instead of Marie-Michelle Gagnon ), Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Tanja Poutiainen, Viktoria Rebensburg, Maria Riesch, Bernadette Schild (in place of her sister Marlies), Mikaela Shiffrin, Carmen Thalman (instead of Elizabeth Goergl), Kathrin Zettel and Veronika Zuzulova.
As for the men instead: Luca Aerni (instead of Beat Feuz), Jens Byggmark, Cristian Deville, Fritz Dopfer, Stephen Gross, Mathias Hargin, Reinfried Herbst (instead of Hannes Reichelt), Marcel Hirscher, Ivica Kostelic, Ted Ligety Mario Matt, Andre Myhrer, Felix Neureuther, Alexis Pinturault, Manfred Pranger and Aksel Lund Svindal.
The women’s final for the first and second place was between Tina Maze and Veronika Zuzulova, who imposed on the Slovenian winning the second victory of his career, immediately after the first, won in Semmering December 29th last year.
That for the third and fourth place was between Micheala Kirchgasser and Tanja Poutianen. It won by the Austrian, very fast and agile between the hybrid poles of this event.
The men’s final for the first two positions, held by Marcel Hirscher and Felix Neureuther, was won by the German, who won a great victory at home, to the applause of the audience.
The match for third and fourth place between Alexis Pinturault and Andre Myhrer was won by the French, who in parallel Moscow had claimed his first victory in the World Cup. Pinturault, in the semi against Marcel Hirscher, but even if they finished joint, for the rule that I described earlier, had passed the Austrian better in the second round.
The Italians, however, were immediately eliminated in the first round, because they did not feel at ease in the hybrid pole of this event. Who could be better would be to find Manfred Moelgg, but he could not start because the fourteenth in the slalom World Cup Start List, although currently fourth in the specialty standings.
During the first run of the first round where Stephen Gross was against Alexis Pinturault, the Italian found two employees on the track fixing a gate. He had to stop, losing a lot of time, and the run was repeated.
The event is now in Zagreb, where the 4th and 6th of Jannuary will be crowned the queen and the king of slalom.