Kranjska Gora Races Preview

Next weekend a Giant Slalom and a Slalom World Cup races are going to take place in Kranjska Gora. The Slovenian ski resort will host the two women’s World Cup races that were called off in Maribor because of a lack of snow and unfavorable weather forecasts.

Kranjska Gora is an alpine resort in Slovenia, near the mountains and glacial lakes of Triglav National Park. The Upper Sava Valley, one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys, lies in the north-westernmost part of Slovenia, right next to the tri-border with Austria and Italy.

Kranjska Gora Program

Giant Slalom. Saturday, January 8th, 1st run 9:30, 2nd run 12:30 (CET)

Slalom. Sunday, January 9th, 1st run 9:30, 2nd run 12:30 (CET)

Last season Marta Bassino won both Giant Slaloms held in Kranjska Gora.

In the first race, Bassino attacked both runs to lead after the first run by 0.23 seconds and extended her dominance even further in the second run, to pick up the victory by a 0.80 margin.

Tessa Worley turned in the fastest second run to jump into the podium, finishing in second place.

Michelle Gisin ended the first run in second place and finished in third place at the end of the day.

Marta Bassino won her second Giant Slalom in two days ahead of Michelle Gisin and Meta Hrovat. She became the second woman from Italy to complete a Giant Slalom double in a World Cup season after 3-time Olympic champion Deborah Compagnoni in 1997 (Zwiesel, Germany).

Mikaela Shiffrin has won 72 World Cup events, ranking her in third place all-time behind Ingemar Stenmark (86) and Lindsey Vonn (82).

She missed the last World Cup Giant Slalom in Lienz following a positive Covid-19 test.

In 2018, Shiffrin won the Giant Slalom and the Slalom World Cup events in Kranjska Gora. She is one of three women to win both technical events in Kranjska Gora in a single season, alongside Mateja Svet (1988) and Lise-Marie Morerod (1976).

Shiffrin (14) can become the fourth woman to claim at least 15 World Cup wins in the giant slalom, after Vreni Schneider (20), Annemarie Moser-Pröll (16), and Tessa Worley (15).

Tessa Worley won the last women's Giant Slalom World Cup event, in Lienz on 28 December, becoming the third woman to win as many as 15 Giant Slalom World Cup events. Only Vreni Schneider (20) and Annemarie Moser-Pröll (16) won more Giant Slalom races in the World Cup.

Tessa Worley can win consecutive Giant Slalom events for the first time since November-December 2016 when she won in Killington and Sestriere.

The French racer won the giant slalom in Kranjska Gora in 2012 and recorded second places in 2018 and 2021.

Worley has finished on the podium 33 times in the World Cup, all in the Giant Slalom.

Sara Hector recorded a second and a first place in the World Cup Giant Slaloms in Courchevel and finished third in Lienz. The only Swedish woman to finish on the podium in a World Cup event in Kranjska Gora was Frida Hansdotter, who won the slalom in 2014 and finished second in the slalom in 2018.

Marta Bassino has won the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe last season. She was the only woman to win more than one World Cup Giant Slalom event in the 2020-2021 season. She claimed her victories in Sölden, Courchevel and Kranjska Gora (2). She failed to finish the first run in the season opener in Sölden and in Courchevel (1) but finished in third place in the second race held in Courchevel on 22 December.

This season, Petra Vlhová finished in the top five in each of the four women's World Cup Giant Slalom events (3rd, 4th, 5th, 2nd). Vlhová has won five Giant Slalom races, the last one in Jasná on 7 March 2021.