For the first time since the 2013 World Ski Championships, women are once again driving a slalom on the Planai. For the first time ever, they are competing in a World Cup race on the traditional slope in Schladming. The men’s night slalom is held there every year. At the 2012 World Cup final, the women were in action on the neighboring Streicher slope. The ÖSV announced in a broadcast on Thursday that all competitions this week, such as the Ski World Cup in Zauchensee and the Snowboard World Cup in Bad Gastein, will take place as planned and with a proven Covid-19 prevention concept.
A year ago, Mikaela Shiffrin prevailed in the Flachau slalom ahead of Katharina Liensberger. Due to the high number of new corona infections, it was foreseeable that the Flachau venue will wobble this year as the venue. For the first time, a race will be postponed this Olympic winter. However, the race in Schladming will take place without a spectator.
In any case, the authorities and emergency services are ready to go. In addition to the usual tasks, checking compliance with corona protective measures will also be part of the program this year on the sidelines of the event. However, onlookers are unlucky because – similar to last year’s Nightrace – there will be little to see for them. Large-scale barriers and a one-meter high privacy screen should make a good view of the race almost impossible. The administrative area is officially secured, only those who have an accreditation can enter.
The strict security precautions are monitored by numerous stewards who are in turn supported by the police. From a purely sporting point of view, a decision could already be made for women in slalom. After Mikaela Shiffrin and Katharina Liensberger were eliminated in the second round in Kranjska Gora, the Slovak Petra Vlhova has all the trumps in hand. Vlhova has already taken the fifth win in the sixth women’s ski slalom of the season and could fix the small crystal ball at the Schladming premiere on Tuesday. In addition, it is already the slalom dress rehearsal for the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing.