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Tuesday 20 December 2016

Tomorrow night on the Canalone Miramonti (live on TV), the Fis Ski World Cup celebrates its 50 years with the challenge between Hirscher and Kristoffersen, and an ambitious Italian team hoping to imitate the 1976 Valanga Azzurra…

The Golden Age of the “Valanga Azzurra” will not return, even though Gustav Thoeni, Piero Gros and Mario Cotelli are back in Madonna di Campiglio to remember those memorable days and the 50 years of the Audi Fis World Cup. Half a century has passed, and the White Circus is still here, in the Pearl of the Dolomites, for the spectacular night slalom of tomorrow, Thursday December 22nd (1st run at 17,45, 2nd run at 20,45). 

Even with shortage of snow, Campiglio and the Val Rendena will present its beauties to the whole World, live on TV: the Canalone Miramonti slope has been perfectly prepared for the challenge among the rapid gates’ champions. In an historical night, Marcel Hirscher hopes to make history himself, gunning for the 20th career slalom victory on a slope on which already was first (2012) and second (last year, when he was also involuntary protagonist of the drone crash episode).


The Austrian, leader of the World Cup standings, will have to face off Henrik Kristoffersen, the Norwegian who won in 2015, but another top athlete like German Felix Neureuther can’t be counted out, as well as the Italians: 40 years after the famous 1976 hat-trick (Radici first, Gros second, Thoeni third), an Italian podium would be the best way to send the fans home happy for Christmas.

Manfred Moelgg (currently fourth in the slalom World Cup standings) looks to have the best shot for the Azzurri, but Giuliano Razzoli, Stefano Gross (both battling injuries), Tommaso Sala and Patrick Thaler will also be racing with hopes. The fans travelling to Madonna di Campiglio will be counting on them to bring Italy back to the podium. The Valanga Azzurra is long gone, and so is Alberto Tomba, but eleven years have passed since Giorgio Rocca’s victory (the last of an Italian at 3Tre in the World Cup), and every drought must be broken – sooner or later.

Let the show begin…


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