The 54th Saslong Classic inspires the international ski circuit
Shortly before Christmas, the Saslong Classic Club hosted the best Alpine ski racers for the 54th time as part of the Val Gardena/Gröden Speed Classic. Despite the difficult conditions, the organizers around President Rainer Senoner put together an excellently organized race week and once again provided an outstanding sporting event.
Val Gardena/Gröden is one step closer to the 2029 Alpine Ski World Cup
Despite all the difficulties, Val Gardena/Gröden showed itself from its best side over the past few days and was thrilled to welcome the Alpine Ski World Cup to the Saslong for the 54th time. Italy's candidate for the 2029 World Ski Championships put together an excellently organized race and allowed all athletes, spectators and staff to enjoy the best conditions and a safe atmosphere during the race week.
Bennett also grabs the DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy
With his triumph in the downhill, surprise man Bryce Bennett crowned himself winner of the special prize DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the racer who scores the most World Cup points in the speed events on the Saslong.
"To win here is incredible!"
The American Bryce Bennett has caused a big surprise in the downhill on the Saslong claiming his first World Cup victory. We have captured the voices of the racers.
Bennett takes his first World Cup victory in the downhill classic
Big surprise in the downhill classic on the Saslong: The American Bryce Bennett outdid the entire competition in the highlight of the Val Gardena/Gröden race week claiming his first World Cup victory with a bold performance.
The favorites opt for higher bib numbers
Early on Friday evening, bib numbers for the downhill classic on the Saslong were announced during the team captains' meeting.
After the super-G is before the downhill
A brief analysis of the super-G was on the agenda at the fourth and final team captains' meeting on Friday evening in Selva/Wolkenstein. At the same time, final details for the downhill classic on Saturday were discussed.
Press review of the super-G on the Saslong
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde's repeated triumph in Val Gardena/Gröden was the covered in many media from all over the world.
Kilde on the way to win his second DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy
This year, the DOLOMITES Val Gardena Südtirol Ski Trophy will be awarded for the second time at the Saslong Classic. The prestigious special prize goes to the athlete who scores the most World Cup points in the two speed events on the Saslong.
"Kilde is phenomenonal"
Top favorite Aleksander Aamodt Kilde once again flexed his muscles in the Super-G on the Saslong and - as before at the base of the Sassolungo/Langkofel mountain - was unbeatable. We have collected the voices of the athletes after the race.
Kilde grabs his fourth Saslong gold in super-G
The first of the two speed races of the 54th Saslong Classic has ended with a victory by the big favorite: Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde lived up to the expectations in the super-G and bagged his third consecutive Val Gardena/Gröden triumph.
What the media write about the second downhill training run
The Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde garnered attention with his best time in the second and final training run for the downhill on Saturday. The training on the Saslong was the subject of numerous national and international media reports.
Who but Kilde?
That the winner of the 54th edition of the Saslong Classic would have to race past Aleksander Aamodt Kilde was already clear long before the Norwegian clocked the best time in the final training for the downhill classic on Saturday. The 29-year-old feels right at home in Val Gardena/Gröden and is hunting for his next podium wins on the venerable Saslong after his speed double gold in 2020.
Bailet opens the super-G, favorites are chasing later
At the team captains' meeting on Thursday evening, the start numbers for the super-G on the Saslong were assigned.
"We are ready for Saturday"
At the third team captains' meeting on Thursday evening, those responsible for the Val Gardena-Gröden race week reviewed the successful final training for the downhill scheduled for Saturday.
Numerous TV stations broadcast the Val Gardena/Gröden speed races live
A large number of TV stations will ensure that the spectacular images from Val Gardena/Gröden of the 54th edition of the Saslong Classic can be viewed in real time from anywhere in the world. Here’s an overview of which stations will be broadcasting the two races live this weekend.
"The downhill will be a big challenge”
After the final training run, the focus of the speed racers already pivoted to the upcoming races. We captured some voices following the second training run.
Kilde in pole position for Saturday
In the second and final training session for the downhill classic on the Saslong, top favorite Aleksander Aamodt Kilde made a respectable statement with the fastest time.
The press clippings on the first downhill training run
The race week in Val Gardena/Gröden started on Wednesday with the first training run for Saturday’s downhill classic. Many national and international media reported on the training start on the Saslong.
Werner Heel, the last victorious "Azzurro" on the Saslong
It has been a long time since the Italian national anthem was played at the Saslong Classic in honor of the winner. 13 years ago, on December 19, 2008, Werner Heel won the super-G in Val Gardena/Gröden ahead of Didier Defago (Switzerland) and Patrik Jaerbyn (Sweden). A day that is still very present in the 39-year-old from the Passeier valley and still arouses emotions.
Final training live on TV
Good news for all ski fans: The second training for the downhill classic on the Saslong can be followed live on TV … that is if you have Eurosport!
"Very good first training”
On Wednesday evening, the second team captains' meeting took place in Selva/Wolkenstein. The focus was on the today’s first downhill training as well as tomorrow’s final training.
Marco Odermatt & Matthias Mayer: These are wearing the red jerseys
There have been already two races each this World Cup winter in the super-G and downhill disciplines. The Swiss Marco Odermatt (super-G) and the Austrian Matthias Mayer (downhill) collected the most points.
"Kilde is the top favorite"
US skier Ryan Cochran-Siegle put his stamp on the first downhill training in a big way. Despite clocking his best time, however, the 29-year-old sees the role of favorite for Saturday's race with another athlete. We have captured the voices of the racers of the first training run.
Cochran-Siegle is the first to impress on the Saslong
On Wednesday, the first of two training runs for the downhill classic on the Saslong was on the program in Val Gardena/Gröden. In good outside conditions, American Ryan Cochran-Siegle made people sit up and take notice with a clear challenge.
One favorite is missing: Kjetil Jansrud is the big absentee
When the “crème de la crème” of the international ski circuit fights for World Cup points at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel mountain on Friday and Saturday, one of their biggest players will unfortunately not be at the start: Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud suffered a serious knee injury at the beginning of December and is relegated to participate as a spectator at the 54th edition of the Saslong Classic.
“Thrilled we can be all here"
On Tuesday evening, the first Team Captains' meeting took place in Selva/Wolkenstein. It included a comprehensive review at the upcoming four days of racing - the current COVID situation was also a topic.
Nine "Azzurri" tackle the Saslong
For the Italian national ski team, the speed classics in Val Gardena/Gröden are always among the highlights of the season. This year, nine local athletes are taking part in the two races at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel mountain.
The Press Center is the heart of the Val Gardena/Gröden race week
Just as in years past, the media center for the speed classics on the Saslong is once again located in the gymnasium of St. Cristina. All paths lead to this centrally located building - at the same time, the spacious and well-ventilated hall offers all media people a safe workplace.
In Val Gardena/Gröden everything is ready for the 54th Saslong Classic with audience
The long wait for the renowned speed classics on the Saslong has come to an end. On Friday, December 17, a Super-G will be held at the Alpine Ski World Cup in Val Gardena/Gröden, followed by the absolute highlight of the top-class South Tyrolean winter sports event on Saturday, December 18 with the downhill. After an intensive preparation phase, nothing stands in the way of an athletic fireworks display that spectators will be able to witness again this year.
Who will win this year’s DOLOMITES Val Gardena South Tyrol Ski Trophy?
The World Cup organizers in Val Gardena/Gröden, together with the tourism managers of DOLOMITES Val Gardena Marketing, have set a special prize with the goal of enhancing the classics on the Saslong. In this competition, the racer who scores the most World Cup points in the races at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel mountain on the last weekend before Christmas can once again look forward to the DOLOMITES Val Gardena South Tyrol Ski Trophy and thus to an original 3D wooden bust, as well as extra prize money of 5,000 euros and a short vacation in Val Gardena/Gröden.