Large starting field
As usual, at the Olympic giant slalom in Yanqing, numerous runners from exotic ski nations are on the starting list alongside established athletes. A total of 82 participants are registered for the first round. At ten degrees below freezing, everyone involved is again exposed to the strong wind on the Olympic mountain Xiaohaituo.
The Swiss team hopes for a perfect start
Winning a medal at the start is the ambitious goal of the Swiss team. Lara Gut-Behrami (car number 14) competes in Yanqing as the reigning world champion in giant slalom, but is going through a changeable winter. Michelle Gisin (2) is known for her ability to focus on the point at the peak of the season, making her a podium contender. Wendy Holdener (16) is usually more at home in slalom, but is also increasingly able to stabilize in this discipline, while the young Camille Rast (24) can look forward to her Olympic debut.
ÖSV quartet with outsider chances
The runners of the Austrian Ski Association have significantly better chances of winning a medal, although the team is not one of the top favorites either. Katharina Liensberger (car number 15) proved last year at the World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo that she can attack the podium on a good day, but recently she was looking for her form. Both Katharina Truppe (8) and Ramona Siebenhofer (13) have long since established themselves in the extended world elite, and Stephanie Brunner (22) completes the ÖSV squad.
The problem discipline of the DSV
Since Viktoria Rebensburg ended her active career in autumn 2020, there has been a big gap in the giant slalom team of the German Ski Association. Qualifying for a second round is often already considered a success, placing in the top ten is almost unthinkable. Today only the 18-year-old talent Emma Aicher (start number 44) is flying the flag for the DSV team as a lone fighter. Andrea Filser will miss the Olympic Games due to injury after tearing her syndesmosis ligament during slalom training in December.
Will Shiffrin defend her title?
Exceptional athlete Mikaela Shiffrin won the gold medal in the giant slalom four years ago in Pyeongchang and is the defending champion in the opening race for women. In China, the American, who would like to compete in all six Olympic competitions, is once again one of the absolute top favourites. The two-time winner of the season, Sara Hector from Sweden, and the usual strong Slovakian Petra Vlhová also have the best cards for precious metal. In addition, Tessa Worley is also in outstanding form and wants to win her first medal in her third Winter Games in Yanqing.
Hello and welcome to the first ever women’s alpine competition at the 2022 Olympic Games! In the giant slalom, the athletes will fight for the first set of medals in the Yanqing ski area. The first round begins at 02:30 a.m. (CET), followed by the decision in the final at 07:30 a.m. (CET).