Alta Badia Giant Slalom Races Preview

After the speed races in Val Gardena, the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit will move to Alta Badia.

Alta Badia is a ski resort in the Dolomites of northern Italy, in the upper part of the Val Badia in South Tyrol. It is included in the territories of the municipalities of Corvara, Badia, and La Val. Alta Badia is one of the 12 ski areas of Dolomiti Superski.

The prestigious ski resort in the heart of the Alto Adige Dolomites will welcome the 36th Alpine Ski World Cup on Sunday 19th December 2021, on the Gran Risa slope in La Villa, with the traditional Men's Giant Slalom, followed by a Slalom on Monday 21st.

The 15th December 1985 saw the first Men's World Cup Giant Slalom on the Gran Risa slope. Marcello Varallo, current president of the Organising Committee, managed to achieve his dream by bringing a Ski World Cup competition to his home in Alta Badia. The competition was won that day by Alpine ski legend Ingemar Stenmark, followed by the Austrian Hubert Strolz and by local champion Roberto Erlacher.

The program in Alta Badia will be the following:

Giant Slalom, Sunday, December 19th. 1st run 10.00; 2nd run 13:30 (CET)

Giant Slalom, Monday, December 20th. 1st run 10.00; 2nd run 13:00 (CET)

Last season, in a physically demanding Gran Risa Giant Slalom course, Alexis Pinturault showed all his ski toolset to win in Alta Badia.

Norwegian Atle Lie McGrath, finished second after an outstanding race started with bib 29.

Justin Murisier showed incredible skiing, especially in the second run, climbing up eight positions to finish third 0.24 seconds behind Pinturault.

Marco Odermatt won the Giant slalom events in Sölden and Val d'Isère. He became the first man to win the opening two giant slalom events of a World Cup season since Ted Ligety in 2013-2014 (Sölden and Beaver Creek).

Odermatt can become the fifth man to win the first three Giant Slalom events of a World Cup season, after Piero Gros (1974-1975), Ingemar Stenmark (1977-1978, 1978-1979, and 1979-1980), Michael von Grünigen (1995-1996) and Ted Ligety (2010-2011). Only Stenmark in 1978-1979 (all 10) managed to win the first four Giant Slalom events of the season.

The Swiss finished in the top-five in 13 of his last 14 World Cup

appearances in the giant slalom, with 11th place in Lenzerheide on 20 March 2021 as the exception.

Alexis Pinturault has won 18 Giant Slalom races in the World Cup, ranking him in fifth place on the all-time men's list.

Pinturault can become the second male skier to win a World Cup event in 11 successive seasons, after Alberto Tomba from 1987-1988 to 1997-1998.

The Frenchman finished in the top-five in each of his last 13 World Cup appearances in the Giant Slalom, since 15th place in Naeba on 22 February 2020.