The 2017 World Ski Championships in St. Moritz have just finished. They took place over two weeks, and seven days of events, involving 600 athletes from 70 different countries. Every two years, the competition transforms the Swiss resort into a winter sports hub, attracting thousands of tourists and ski lovers from all over Europe and the world.
During the Championships, professional skiers of both genders compete in all major disciplines: Downhill, Slalom, Super-G, Giant Slalom, Alpine Combined and Team Event.
Slalom and Giant Slalom
The most exciting and intense competition of the year was the Slalom, where Marcel Hirscher triumphed over Manuel Fuller and Felix Neureuther. The Austrian athlete accomplished a true feat by winning a gold medal for both Slalom and Giant Slalom.
On the women’s Giant podium, the unreachable Tessa Worley crossed the finish line with a better score than Mikaela Shiffrin (US) and Brignone (Italy). In the Super-G, Nichole Schmidhofer’s first place was a surprise for most: with a stunning performance, she beat both Tina Weirather and technical skier Lara Gut.
Bad weather disrupted the men’s Downhill competition, which was cancelled and rescheduled for the following day with weather conditions that were still far from ideal. On the podium were Austrian skier Beat Feuz, Canadian Erik Guay and Max Franz, who had recently won the Val Gardena competition.
In the women’s race, Slovenian Ilka Stuhec won the gold medal (the first for her country in this year’s Championships), followed by Stephanie Venier—one of the best this season—and Lindsey Vonn, still great after all these years.
The men’s Combined saw Hirscher on the podium once again, in second place, with Swiss Luca Aerni finishing top and Mauro Caviezel in third place. The women’s competition was far more exciting: the incredible performance of Kirchgass, by now a seasoned pro, warranted her third place; gold medal went to Wendy Holdener and silver to Michelle Gisin.
This is a unique event in the Championships, where teams compete against each other on the Saint Moritz snow for ski supremacy. The result: France in first place, followed by Slovakia and Sweden.