Saalbach Hinterglemm Races Preview

Saalbach Hinterglemm has stepped in for the third time in a row as an alternative venue for canceled ski races. On this occasion for Kvitfjell and Wengen. From the 5th to the 7th of March, two Downhill races and a Super-G will be held at the venue of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2025.

Races will take place at the Schneekristallpiste on the Zwölferkogel in Hinterglemm.

Saalbach Program

Friday, March 5th: Downhill (Replaces Wengen) 11:20 (CET)

Saturday, March 6th: Downhill (Replaces Kvitfjell) 11:00 (CET)

Sunday, March 7th: Super-G (Replaces Kvitfjell) 10:30 (CET)

Beat Feuz finished on the podium in the last three Downhill races in the World Cup. He won both races on the Streif in Kitzbühel and finished in second place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Feuz also finished in third place in the Downhill at the World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Matthias Mayer is currently ranked second in the Men's Downhill standings this World Cup season. He is hoping to become the first Austrian man to win the downhill crystal globe since Klaus Kröll in 2011-2012. Mayer finished on the podium in each of the last four World Cup Downhill events, including a win in Bormio.

Dominik Paris still has a chance of winning the Downhill crystal globe this season, but he is trailing Beat Feuz by 118 points with three more races scheduled. After claiming the Super-G crystal globe in 2018/19, Paris could become the ninth male skier to win a globe in both speed events.

Paris could win back-to-back downhills in the World Cup for the first time since completing a double in Bormio in December 2019.

Vincent Kriechmayr is leading the Super-G standings by 101 points and could claim the crystal globe this weekend in Saalbach-Hinterglemm. The last Austrian man to win the Super-G crystal globe was Hannes Reichelt in 2007-2008.

Kriechmayr is hoping to win his first crystal globe in any discipline. He finished second in the Super-G standings in each of the last three World Cup seasons.

Matthias Mayer is currently ranked second in the Super-G standings. He finished in third-place twice in the Super-G standings in 2012-2013 and 2014-2015.

Mayer has claimed 17 World Cup podiums in the discipline. He achieved two of his three World Cup super-G wins in Austria, in Saalbach-Hinterglemm on 22 February 2015, and in Kitzbühel on 20 January 2017.

Mauro Caviezel could make his return to the World Cup, after missing the races in January and February due to injury. He did participate at the World Championships last month but was one of many skiers to record a DNF in the Men's Super-G.

Caviezel still has a chance of defending his Super-G crystal globe. He is trailing Vincent Kriechmayr by 116 points. He finished in the top-five in each of his last 10 World Cup participation in the Super-G.

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