The charm of the Madonna di Campiglio classic looks to reach the homes of the ski fans thanks to the Worldwide live TV coverage. Daniel Yule aims for an historical hat-trick
This is a night for people who are used to dream – and to win, the one that tomorrow night – Tuesday December 22nd – marks the 67th edition of the 3Tre. No matter what happens, this 2020 3Tre slalom will go down in the ski history.
The COVID-19 emergency forced the 3Tre Committee to deprive the Canalone Miramonti slope of its supporters. However, the Madonna night slalom is determined to offer a great TV show to all the alpine ski fans all over the World with live broadcast in 100 Countries between Europe, Asia and United States. The two runs will take place at 17.45 and 20.45 CET.
The Christmas slalom, one of the classic events of the Audi FIS Ski Alpine World Cup, also part of the ‘Club 5 Ski Classics’ from this year, will be enhanced by an extraordinary panorama, with Madonna di Campiglio fully cloaked in snow for a dream view.
Difficult to say who the favourite is, with slalom specialists still relatively unproven in this season. Indeed, Madonna di Campiglio event is only the second slalom in the 2020/2021 FIS Ski Alpine World Cup season, preceded only by today’s event in Alta Badia, on a more forgiving gradient than the Canalone Miramonti.
Winner of the last two editions, Swiss Daniel Yule will try to earn a special place in the 3Tre history as the first ever athlete to win three slaloms in a row in Madonna. Even legends like Ingemar Stenmark or Alberto Tomba, and Henrik Kristoffersen in recent times, could not achieve such feat.
After less-than-shiny outings in Alta Badia, Kristoffersen, winner in Madonna in 2015 and 2016, will try to redeem himself, tying Alberto Tomba at the second place among all-time winners with three successes, behind Ingemar Stenmark (5 wins).
The Swiss Team is aiming at the 3Tre win, with Yule, Loic Meillard and the winner of the Alta Badia slalom Ramon Zenhausern, as well as the French squad, led by Clement Noel and Alexis Pinturault, and the Norwegian team with Sebastian Foss Solevaag and Timon Haugan. The retirement of Marcel Hirscher left a big void in the Austrian Team, but Marco Schwarz, Michael Matt and Manuel Feller will try to leave a mark in Madonna di Campiglio.
Joining the field are also the Italians, with youngster Alex Vinatzer (fourth in Alta Badia after a strong first run closed in first position), in addition to veterans Stefano Gross and Manfred Moelgg, dreaming of taking the baton from the last Italian winner to date, Giorgio Rocca (2005). Again this year, an additional motivation will inspire the main contenders. The 3Tre will reward its new king with the “Maglia Fulmine” (Flash Jersey), a symbol of a glorious past, notably the ‘50s, when 3Tre meant ‘three races in Trentino’, and the leader of the overall classification used to wear the yellow jersey inspired by the Tour de France. The jersey is realized in collaboration with Italian prestigious fashion brand Falconeri.
Madonna di Campiglio looks be great even without the usual side events and the night movida: after all, there are greater challenges to win right now, bigger than a ski competition. Even without a Maglia Fulmine to win.