Marcel Hirscher and Wendy Holdener stand on the podium of last year's Stockholm City Event, which takes place again on Tuesday. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Jan. 30, 2017) – Spirits are high and the athletes are feeling the energy of a special place called Hammarbybacken, home to this year’s only City Event on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup schedule.
It’s not often athletes escape to the city life for an event like this, and Stockholm seems the perfect home for it. Tickets are sold out and the crowd will be rowdy Tuesday night for the event, in which Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) is a clear favorite. Shiffrin has never won a City Event, but did podium with a third-place finish in Moscow in 2013. Resi Stiegler (Jackson Hole, WY) will also compete in Tuesday’s event. No American men qualified for the event.
Skiers will battle head-to-head in the Stockholm City Event Tuesday night. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)
Coming into Stockholm with the lead in the overall ahead of Swiss Lara Gut, Shiffrin will seek to snag some valuable World Cup points that will count both towards the slalom title and the overall title. Currently Shiffrin leads the slalom standings by 125 points over Slovenia’s Veronika Velez-Zuzulova.
It’ll be a race to the finish – quite literally – at Hammarbybacken, as Zuzulova will be tough to beat, and last year’s victor Swiss Wendy Holdener and hometown gal Frida Hansdotter will be gunning too.
Tune into Universal HD at 7:00 p.m. EST Tuesday to catch all of the action, and to find out who will be named to the 2017 St. Moritz Audi FIS Ski World Championships team.
CONFIRMED STARTERS Mikaela Shiffrin Resi Stiegler
DON’T MISS OUT – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT Tune into Universal HD at 7 p.m. EST Tuesday night (tomorrow) to catch all of the action, and to find out who will be named to the 2017 St. Moritz Audi FIS Ski World Championships team.