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The All New FIS Ski WC 2020/21 Thread

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It appears it was not a FIS decision to cancel but rather one driven by the canton itself:


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The canton is concerned about the dynamics in which the virus is spreading. Based on this fact, the Directorate of Health assumes that the virus mutation from Great Britain in particular leads to this effect.

In consultation with the OC, Swiss-Ski and the people responsible for the Ski World Cup, the health and business administration have decided to withdraw the permit for the Lauberhorn races.


https://www.be.ch/portal/de/index/mediencenter/medienmitteilungen/suche.archiv.meldungNeu.html/portal/de/meldungen/mm/2021/01/20210111_1504_kanton_bern_sagtinabsprachemitdenbeteiligtendielauberhorn-rennen.html
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Due to the recently deteriorating Covid-19 situation in Wengen, the 91st International Lauberhorn Races cannot be held.

After a renewed analysis of the current Covid 19 situation in Wengen, the canton of Bern made the decision to cancel the races on the Lauberhorn that were planned from Friday to Sunday. The organizers, Swiss-Ski and the FIS support this measure and thank the cantonal authorities for the good cooperation.

"The decision hurts enormously - all the more because the organizing committee has done excellent preparatory work," says Bernhard Aregger, CEO of Swiss-Ski. “The cancellation of one of the most prestigious racing weekends in the World Cup calendar makes the heart of every ski fan bleed. Nevertheless, it is our job to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Even with difficult decisions like this, health is in the foreground. "

https://www.swiss-ski.ch/newsroom/news/covid-19-situation-in-wengen-zwingt-die-lauberhornrennen-in-die-knie/
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Apparently (although i've not seen anything official) it's Kitzbühel right enough but with the Slaloms both on this coming weekend as the HKR slalom is brought forward one week.

The original HKR weekend will now have a Downhill on the Friday to replace the Wengen one, the HKR Downhill on the Saturday as normal and the SuperG on the Sunday.

Seems sensible to me and uniquely acceptable with no spectators anyway. Also keeps the tech racers and speedsters separate, apart from presumably such as Pintarault whom will likely race the SuperG to try and get some points on the board?

Although I do wonder if the weather gods might have the last laugh on the speed weekend?
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From the FIS facebook page

"BREAKING: The Canton of Bern’s Health and Business Administration decided to withdraw the permit for the Lauberhorn races in consultation with the Wengen OC, Swiss-Ski and the people responsible for the Ski World Cup. It was determined by the Bern Authorities, after a detailed evaluation, that it would not be possible to take all precautions so that the athletes and the support teams can be adequately protected in separate zones.
One Slalom and one Downhill from Wengen will be rescheduled in Kitzbühel (AUT) while for the second Downhill, a replacement will be announced in due time."
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A friend who lives in Wengen said that they've had 100 new cases of Covid-19 since yesterday! Crying or Very sad
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@Alastair Pink, the Austrian news said that a British family who own an apartment in Wengen travelled there for New Year and are likely to have brought B117 with them. If this is true then not only have they travelled against the travel ban but one assumes they have also failed to quarantine, thereby infecting many more people and cancelling a major international sporting event. If a case can be proven against them, surely there are grounds for some sort of legal action?
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@queenie pretty please, I hadn't heard that, but my friend who lives in Wengen did post that there was a British person who was subsequently found to be infected had attended the English Church on December 20th, and they were responsible for spreading the infection to quite a few others. The other question is when did they arrive in Wengen, if they arrived on or after 14th December then they were obliged to quarantine for 10 days and shouldn't have been in the Church in the first place!
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queenie pretty please wrote:
@Alastair Pink, the Austrian news said that a British family who own an apartment in Wengen travelled there for New Year and are likely to have brought B117 with them. If this is true then not only have they travelled against the travel ban but one assumes they have also failed to quarantine, thereby infecting many more people and cancelling a major international sporting event. If a case can be proven against them, surely there are grounds for some sort of legal action?


Or just a convenient bit of Brit Bashing? So the FIS W/C circus is moving to Kitz anyway rolling eyes
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@halfhand, Surely there's no doubt that the B117 variant was brought into Wengen by someone travelling from the UK.
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@Alastair Pink, churches should close. Non essential.
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queenie pretty please wrote:
@halfhand, Surely there's no doubt that the B117 variant was brought into Wengen by someone travelling from the UK.


Dunno is there? Genuinely I don't know.
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Mauro Caviezel has shared some footage of a training run crash in Garmish on Thursday that led to a severe concussion and LCL injury and bone bruising to his left knee - he was seen with crutches and no confirmation yet on the severity of the injury and recovery/return time.

You can see footage of the incident here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJ3tS6As4eA/
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@extremerob, heard about the crash whilst the Eurosport guys referenced it when his brother was racing but hadn't seen it. Quite an impact, out as soon as his head hit the deck. Nasty.
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Now just seen the Tommy Ford crash, looked horrific and I can see why Eurosport weren't repeating it much.
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Tommy's crash Shocked


http://youtube.com/v/RzGBG-CyMmw
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Great race tonight in the Flachau. (Spoiler)
Really glad for Shiffrin, her first win since her father passed away and creating a great challenge for the title
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@DB, agreed. Chuffed to bits for the podium. As an aside I saw my apartment on the cgi graphic where they showed the resort and panned into the course. Closest I'll get to it this season


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@DB, Not really sure it needs a spoiler, it doesn't seem to have been broadcast in many places.
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@rjs, there will be complaints if it is openly said. Some people will have recorded it
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@DB, Not really sure it needs a spoiler, it doesn't seem to have been broadcast in many places.


There's a lot of frustration on here at the moment, not sure if it's down to a lack of skiing or sexual but I didn't want to push it.
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@holidayloverxx, It wasn't on German TV at all, did you watch it online ?
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Without wanting to give it away, the performance by a certain low bib number was fantastic, really exciting skiing.
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@rjs, British eurosport. I usually watch it in Flachau
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@holidayloverxx, German Eurosport had a replay of some recorded biathlon then snooker.
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@DB, .
agree with you an important win for her but sad to see Liensberger missing out on her home hill


In other news Braathen will miss the remainder of the season following the fall he took on the finish line in Adelboden, with 6-9 months of rehabilitation needed - not clear if he will have surgery yet. McGrath is also out for 6 weeks.


http://youtube.com/v/_rTfDSQdbhU
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@extremerob,

Agree esp after she put in the best time on the second run. Mixed feelings but was glad they secured the first two positions between them.
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@holidayloverxx, It wasn't on German TV at all, did you watch it online ?
Yep, scrolled through ZDF, Sport1 and Eurosport Deutschland in vain last night. Sad
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Looks like the Wengen to Kitz races won't happen now.

https://www.skysportaustria.at/wengen-ersatzrennen-in-kitzbuehel-wegen-mutation-abgesagt/


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Yes, just announced as cancelled due to the discovery of the B117 virus mutation.
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From FIS....

Men's Kitzbühel Slalom races rescheduled to Flachau (AUT)

This is to inform you that the two slalom races scheduled in Kitzbühel (AUT) on Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th January 2021 have been moved to Flachau (AUT) on the same dates.

The rest of the scheduled races in Kitzbühel are currently set to go ahead as planned.

All teams are advised that the arrival date in Flachau is Friday 15th of January and not any sooner.
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Woohoo! Fab news. Races on my doorstep, but I cannot go and watch them live. But good news nonetheless.
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Good. With no televised rugby and the prospect of no ski racing, I was beginning to wonder whether there would be any TV sport worth watching this weekend!
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The womens GS races in Maribor are moving to Kranjska Gora due to the lack of snow, with the races to take place on the Podkoren slope
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holidayloverxx wrote:
@rjs, there will be complaints if it is openly said. Some people will have recorded it


I think it's fine in this thread as it's obvious from the title what it's about. Anyone with any sense wouldn't read it if they were avoiding spoilers. In fact, I avoid the whole of "snowSports" until I've watched the latest WC race. I would, and do, complain when a result is in a random Après thread.
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BBC published an article this evening on the cancelled Wengen race with some strong finger pointing at a British tourist. I wonder if there will be proceedings against them.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55645396
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Loving the local radio advertising for the Flachau races this weekend. Thin Lizzy – The Boys are Back in Town. Very retro and totally Austrian. Very Happy
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Over a thousand mass PCR tests have now been conducted in the Kitzbühel valley with only four positive results. Hopefully next week's races can go ahead.
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Maybe I‘m a bit slow (don‘t answer that) but I didn‘t realise until just now that Shiffrin has more 1st place wins than Hirscher.
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She probably if the mental motivation remains has the ability to surpass Ingemar Stenmark’s record

She is arguably a more all round skier than hirscher as well having more discipline 1st places
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BBC published an article this evening on the cancelled Wengen race with some strong finger pointing at a British tourist. I wonder if there will be proceedings against them.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55645396


I really must check back but was the order that anyone arriving since the 14th was to quarantine not retrospective? In that it wasn't made until after the UKG announcement on the 19th? if that is the case it's pointless blaming folks that arrived before then and quite lawfully went about their holiday.

I agree with the basic premise that international travel should not have been happening anyway but the Swiss can't complain about losing the races if that's an outcome of them letting folks into the country because they wanted their tourist francs?

(Happy to be corrected if I'm wrong about the timings of the quarantine requirements)
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