Weather, course conditions and comebacks have been the talk of the town at Åre 2019. We can control many things but not the weather. So let's focus on the real question of the day: Who will be crowned King of the Hill?
Marcel Hirscher, Austria - King of Slalom
There is no denying it. The reigning world champion is the big favorite given his 68 World Cup wins. Driven to nail that perfect run and always looking for ways to improve the tiny details, Hirscher is a true perfectionist. On paper, he is the one to beat in the slalom yet he also has been struggling with a cold, and beaten by Kristoffersen in the giant slalom.
– On days like these my motivation is not the best. If you have a normal job, you call you boss and say ”I’m done for the day", but we just have to go out there and try to overcome ourselves, he said, showing that motivation can run out even for the world's number one.
Henrik Kristoffersen, Norway - Crown Prince
At the PyeongChang 2018 Games, Kristoffersen was close to claim gold in slalom, before crashing out in the second run.
In Åre, the 24-year-old has been more hungy for victory than ever. The salted surface has proven to be an advantage for the Norwegian. He believes that no one practices as much on salted snow as the Norwegians, so it’s in his skiing-DNA since childhood.
– I hope I will have the two best runs of my life and that it will be enough, said Kristoffersen with confidence.
André Myhrer, Sweden - Olympic champion
Myhrer started the season well in Levi, but has since had a tough season. However, not coming to Åre as the big favorite might benefit the Olympic champion. Performing on the top on home snow comes with a lot of pressure, but Myhrer knows that he can deliver and if he has that right feeling he will fight for the medals.
– I feel ready and look forward to the race on Sunday, said Myhrer.
Clément Noël, France - Giant strikes
The new French star has shown that he can compete with the best with wins in Wengen and Kitzbühel. The super talent, who measures 1.91 meters, is described as a smart, pragmatic racer who’s good at analyzing the race. Let's see what he can do in this race, at just 21 years of age.
Alexis Pinturault, France - Alpine combined world champion
Pinturault will be beaming of confidence after claiming gold in alpine combined and bronze in giant slalom already. Besides 49 World Cup podiums, 21 of them wins, the Frenchman has three Olympic medals to his name.
– He is our personal favorite, said volunteers Peter Wickbers and Hans Starkman who meet the racers in the finish.
– He is the most humble skier and always takes time to talk with us, they continued.
Daniel Yule, Switzerland - Swiss superstar
25-year-old Yule has shown great form in the World Cup leading up to the Championships with top ten places throughout the season and a win in Madonna di Campiglio to top it off. During the World Championships, Yule secured the gold medal in the alpine team event.
Mattias Hargin, Sweden - The Slalom Specialist
33-year-old Hargin might not be one of the favorites. But don't count Hargin out just yet. He is convinced that he will feel the crowd's support and hopes that there will be a lot of people cheering him on during the slalom competition.
– It feels exciting and interesting to see what I can do, said Hargin with a smile.
Slalom Men on Sunday, 17 February
First run 11:00.
Second run 14:30.
Facts & Figures
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Start 615 meters above sea level
Finish 396 meters above sea level
Length 740 meters
Vertical Drop 219 meters
Minimum gradient 19 percent
Average gradient 32 percent
Max. gradient 48 percent