Christine Scheyer (AUT)
Christine Scheyer is one who has to present herself in the downhill. The woman from Vorarlberg is measured at high speeds and drives at the best time level. At the very end, a hundredth speaks for the 27-year-old. However, that does not mean a lot of padding – especially on Shiffrin.
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
Now Mikaela Shiffrin pushes off at the top. The world champion wants to know, risks at the cross-country transition, is easily lifted. The American wants to know. In fact, it’s looking great today. Only a good half second remains. Shiffrin should be able to easily catch up in the slalom.
Keely Cashman (USA)
As a speed driver, Keely Cashman now has to submit. Initially, the American is among the best. But then the line isn’t right, it’s far from the optimal line. That costs the decisive tenths – almost seven of them are missing at the finish.
Michelle Gisin (SUI)
Now it applies to Michelle Gisin. The defending champion shows early on that she is one of the favorites, is four tenths ahead at the top. After that, however, the Engelberg woman loses because it takes her too far out with a left turn, but she can also do a lot of slalom. In this respect, the scarce second that falls by the wayside is not so dramatic.
Nicol Delago (ITA)
We have five women at the finish line, who are an impressive four and a half seconds apart. This level of performance does not necessarily speak for the quality of the starting field. Nicol Delago would have to set accents in the descent, but only does so to a limited extent. The Italian finishes second.
Ester Ledecka (CZE)
Then the Olympic snowboard champion gets going. Ester Ledecká makes a mistake very early on and is half a second behind. After that, however, the Czech ignites the turbo and drives out a second until the second split. She continues to improve and arrives at the bottom with a lead of 1.29 seconds. But that’s even better.
Nevena Ignjatovic (SRB)
So far, no female athlete has come close to getting the best out of the slopes. Nevena Ignjatović does not succeed either. Of course, the Serbian is one of the outsiders, she can ski a lot and doesn’t get the ski going. The 31-year-old loses a lot of time – well over three seconds.
Catherine Huber (AUT)
Katharina Huber is the first Austrian to climb the slope. The 26-year-old has to limit the loss in the downhill to be able to attack in the slalom. But this only succeeds to a limited extent. The Lower Austrian already loses almost two seconds. That should end up being quite a large mortgage.
Greta Small (AUS)
Greta Small is on the way for Australia. The 26-year-old also brakes early, making it even slower than Wright later on. Also, Small does not hold the position consistently and loses 66 hundredths.
Isabella Wright (USA)
The sun is shining from the blue sky in the crisp cold again. So there is the best view for Isabella Wright, who is now opening the race. Early on, the American lost her direction on a wave and had to turn her skis sideways. That’s a serious mistake. At least the 25-year-old made it to the finish. However, time should not be the measure of all things.
We have already named two top favourites. That leaves the reigning world champion. Mikaela Shiffrin (car number 9) has a lot of catching up to do at these Winter Games. The early elimination in slalom and giant slalom bothered the American very much, who came back ninth in the Super G and was eighteenth in the downhill. Shiffrin won Olympic silver four years ago. Petra Vlhová would certainly have belonged to this group, but the World Cup runner-up is not there due to an ankle injury. We certainly don’t forget Federica Brignone (16), who has won five combinations in the World Cup in her career. The Italian also has her precious metal in her pocket – silver in the giant slalom. The extended circle of medal contenders – and if one of the named fails – includes Elena Curtoni (13), Marta Bassino (15), Laura Gauché (17) and Ester Ledecká (5).
The Swiss are in a much better position there. The all-rounder Michelle Gisin (car number 7) is made for the discipline based on versatility. As an Olympic champion in 2018 and third at the 2021 World Championships, she has proven that. The current form is also good, as bronze proved here in the Olympic Super G. Then there’s Wendy Holdener (20), who has practically the same chances, won bronze four years ago and has also been world champion in combination twice (2017, 2019). And the 28-year-old also has her medal at these games – bronze in the slalom. Third in the group is Priska Nufer (18).
For the ÖSV, three women should get the coals out of the fire. However, only Ramona Siebenhofer (car number 11) belongs to the possibly extended group of favourites. The World Cup fifth has what it takes to drive close to a medal. In the case of Katharina Huber (3) and Christine Scheyer (10), a lot would have to fit together if they were to achieve an absolute top ranking. But of course surprises are always possible.
Short start list
The interest in this form of competition, which has been neglected in the World Cup for years, is even more manageable than among men. The slow death of Alpine Combined seems to be unstoppable. Only 26 athletes can be found on the start list. A German athlete is not among them.
The athletes should have already made extensive acquaintance with the “Rock” slope – not only in the training runs. All speed races took place here. And today’s downhill run is practically no different from the special downhill run. From the start at 2,050 meters, Jean-Philippe Vulliet’s course shows the way over the 765 meters in altitude to the finish. The FIS race director again scored 37 goals over the 2,704 meter long competition distance.
Welcome to the Olympic Games! At a Central European night, the female alpine skiers begin their combination competition. The first part is the descent, which is scheduled for 3:30 a.m. CET. The medal decision in the slalom starts at 7:00 a.m.