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Preview and stars to watch

The world’s elite alpine skiers will be in action from February 6 to 19, 2023 in the Savoy resorts of Courchevel and Meribel for the 47.p FIS World Championship.

For the fourth time in history, the event will be held in the French Alps after 1937, 1962 (both in Chamonix) and 2009 (in Val d’Isere). The two neighboring towns also hosted the Alpine (Meribel) and Ski Jumping/Nordic Combined (Courchevel) events at the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics.

Olympic champions Mikaela Shiffrin and Marco Odermatt will headline the event, where approximately 600 athletes from 75 countries are expected to compete in six disciplines (downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom, combined, parallel slalom) for a total of 13 sets of medals.

The next Alpine World Championships will be held in Saalbach, Austria in 2025, with Crans-Montana, Switzerland hosting the 2027 edition.

Skiers to watch at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2023

Women to watch

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA): The American is the only skier to win gold medals at five consecutive World Championships, and now ranks second on the all-time women’s medal list (11, including six golds) along with the French Marielle Goitschel AND Anja Parson Sweden. The 27-year-old, who was last on the podium in four events in Cortina 2021, has a chance to match or surpass the German record Christl Cranzwho won 15 medals between 1934 and 1939.

Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI): The 31-year-old Swiss is the second most successful active skier in the competition behind Shiffrin with a total of eight medals. In France, she will want to defend her titles in giant slalom and super-G.

Petr Vlhova (SVK): The Slovakian won five individual medals at the World Championships and will be one to watch in slalom and combined events, although her only giant slalom title was won in 2019.

Sofia Goggia (ITA): The Italian, who missed Cortina 2021 due to injury, won two medals at the world championships (giant slalom bronze and Super G silver) but never won gold. She will be seeking her first world title in downhill, a discipline she has dominated for the last two seasons, winning two World Cup globes and an Olympic silver medal.

Raghnild Mowinckel: The two-time Olympic medalist from PyeongChang 2018 recently rediscovered her best form after two serious knee injuries and now ranks first in the Super G standings.

Men to watch

Marco Odermatt: The Swiss, who comfortably leads the overall World Cup standings, came out of Cortina 2021 empty-handed and will be looking to claim his first medal at the senior World Championships after six gold medals in the junior competition.

Alexander Aamodt Kilde: At Beijing 2022, the Norwegian speedster won his first major event medals. He came close to a medal in 2017 when he finished fourth in both the super-G and combined.

Wincenty Kriechmayr: The Austrian, who triumphed at the first downhill in Kitzbuhel this season, is another competitor worth watching in speed competitions. The 31-year-old is the defending champion in super-G and downhill.

Henry Kristoffersen: The Norwegian, who has been working with Marcel Hirscher’s ski company since this season, won giant slalom gold in 2019 and slalom bronze in 2021. The technical specialist has collected seven podium finishes during this campaign, including two slalom victories.

Lucas Braathen: The 22-year-old is one of Alpine’s rising stars and will be looking to win his first medal at a major senior event after missing the 2021 World Championships due to injury. This season he was the most consistent skier in slalom (5 podium finishes, 2 World Cup victories) and also took a victory in the giant slalom in Alta Badia.

Where will the 2023 Ski World Championships take place?

For the first time in the history of the World Cup, the competition will be held on two separate facilities.

The Roc de Fer On the slope in Meribel, there will be women’s competitions and medal races in parallel slalom (team and individual). The men will continue to compete Eclipse track in Courchevel.

Meribel hosted the women’s alpine competition at Albertville 1992 and presented World Cup events in 2013, 2015 and 2022.

Courchevel Eclipse made its official debut at last year’s World Cup finals and is known for its demanding routes (length 3.2 km, average slope 30%).

The resorts of Meribel and Courchevel are connected by a 10 km road.

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