Åre 2019 english

Hirscher to defend title - Kristoffersen on fire after GS gold


It's time for the last medal event of Åre 2019: the men's slalom. Tough to call as always, yet we already know that the margins will be small. Ultimately, it comes down to who has their best day at work and finds the fastest way down. It’s as simple as that. No room for error.

Henrik Kristoffersen claimed his first gold in the men's giant slalom. Photo by Lars G Karlsson
Henrik Kristoffersen claimed his first gold in the men's giant slalom. Photo by Lars G Karlsson

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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 615 meters above sea level
396 meters above sea level
740 meters
Vertical Drop 219 meters
Minimum gradient 
19 percent
Average gradient  
32 percent
Max. gradient
48 percent



Henrik Kristoffersen claimed his first gold in the men's giant slalom. Photo by Lars G Karlsson
Henrik Kristoffersen claimed his first gold in the men's giant slalom. Photo by Lars G Karlsson

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Scheduled from 4-17 February 2019, Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will mark the third time that the second largest winter sport event after the Olympic Winter Games is held in Åre, Sweden. After the 1954 and 2007 editions, Åre 2019 will welcome the world’s top skiers and some 120’000 visitors to an epic celebration of skiing, snow and winter. The 11 medal competitions staged in the unique atmosphere of the leading Scandinavian ski resort will excite millions of global viewers and inspire great numbers to join the sport in active practice.  

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Where life can be lived - reflections of a volonteer19.2.2019 09:34:46 CETPress release

Yet another Alpine World Championship in Åre has come to an end. The third through the years. Skiers, visitors and volunteers have lived and breathed the World Championships for weeks. The organization has done the same for years. Beyond all the races that have been raced, the medals that have been awarded, something else has taken place. Perhaps the thoughts have been thought before, maybe they have been awaken when being here. Thoughts of the real meaning of life, or rather, thoughts of what kind of life we want to live. Thoughts of where our children should grow up, of where our everyday lives should take place. Where life should be lived.