Sölden Men‘s Giant Slalom Preview

Men's Podium Sölden 2020. Picture: Ötztal Tourismus. Erich Spiess

Last season Norwegian sensation Lucas Braathen stole the show at the World Cup 2020-2021 opening race in Sölden as he edged Swiss Marco Odermatt by 0.06 seconds to claim his first-ever World Cup win and podium. He is also the youngest winner in Sölden ever.

Fifth in the first run, Braathen attacked the Rettenbach slope for the second time in his career (he finished 6th with bib 40 last year) with his light-hearted and fearless attitude that enabled him to achieve his first World Cup victory after only 23 races from his debut.

The second run was crucial also for another young talent, Marco Odermatt. He was the fastest skier in the second run and was able to climb back from seventh to second place.

Swiss team-mate Gino Caviezel, who was in the lead in the first run, completed the podium with a solid second run. It was also the first World Cup podium for Caviezel.

Five racers have won at least one Giant Slalom Race last season:

  • Alexis Pinturault 4, Alta Badia, Adelboden (2), Lenzerheide

  • Filip Zubcic 2, Santa Caterina, Bansko

  • Marco Odermatt 2, Santa Caterina, Kranjska Gora

  • Mathieu Faivre 1, Bansko

  • Lucas Braathen 1, Sölden

12 racers were on the podium last season:

Alexis Pinturault (4-0-1)

Filip Zubcic (2-3-1)

Marco Odermatt (2-2-2)

Mathieu Faivre (1-1-1)

Lucas Braathen (1-0-0)

Loic Meillard (0-1-1)

Zan Kranjec (0-1-0)

Tommy Ford (0-1-0)

Atle Lie McGrath (0-1-0)

Stefan Brennsteiner (0-0-2)

Justin Murisier (0-0-1)

Gino Caviezel (0-0-1)

Last season Alexis Pinturault celebrates his birthday with a victory at Lenzerheide and grabs the Overall and Giant Slalom Crystal Globes. The three-time Olympic medalist overtook Switzerland's Marco Odermatt in the overall and Giant Slalom standings.

Alexis Pinturault won the 2020-2021 Men's Overall World Cup Winner after finishing runner-up twice. Pinturault is the third Frenchman to win the Overall Globe, after Jean-Claude Killy (1966-1967, 1967-1968) and Luc Alphand (1996-1997). It is also the first Giant Slalom Crystal Globe for him after finishing on the podium in the GS standings in each of the previous eight seasons. O