ALPINE SKIING Preview: Speed skiers weekend in Norway and Russia … maybe

Two-time World Cup Super-G champ Tina Weirather (LIE).

The men’s Alpine World Cup lost two speed races in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) in early February due to rough weather and had hoped to make up one race in Kvitfjell (NOR) this weekend, but Mother Nature had other ideas.

Heavy snowfall canceled the re-scheduled Downhill planned for Friday, so now a single Downhill is planned for Saturday and a Super-G for Sunday … weather permitting. The seasonal standings:

Downhill (6 of 8 races):
1. 420 Beat Feuz (SUI) ~ Defending Champion
2. 320 Dominik Paris (ITA)
3. 260 Christof Innerhofer (ITA)
4. 249 Vincent Kreichmayr (AUT)
5. 228 Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR)

Super-G (5 of 7 races)
1. 236 Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT)
2. 233 Matthias Mayer (AUT)
3. 230 Dominik Paris (ITA)
4. 227 Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) ~ 2015-16 World Cup Champion
5. 219 Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) ~ Retired after the World Championships

Feuz was second in both races at Kvitfjell last season, which were won by Thomas Dressen (GER – Downhill) and Kjetil Jansrud (NOR – Super-G).

NBC has coverage of Saturday’s Downhill on the NBC Olympic Channel at 4 a.m. Eastern time, and of Sunday’s Super-G at 5 p.m. Eastern, also on the NBC Olympic Channel. Look for results here.

The women’s World Cup is in Rosa Khutor (RUS) for a Downhill and Super-G as well. The standings:

Downhill (7 of 9 races):
1. 444 Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT)
2. 354 Ramona Siebenhofer (AUT)
3. 343 Ilka Stuhec (SLO) ~ 2016-17 World Cup Champion
4. 340 Stephanie Venier (AUT)
5. 278 Kira Weidle (GER)

Super-G (5 of 7 races):
1. 300 Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
2. 268 Tina Weirather (LIE) ~ Two-time Defending Champion
3. 253 Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT)
4. 247 Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR)
5. 178 Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI) ~ 2015-16 World Cup Champion

Shiffrin isn’t competing this week, but will return for next week’s racing in the Czech Republic. Look out for Italy’s Sofia Goggia, the 2018 Olympic Downhill winner and the silver medalist in the World Championships Super-G earlier in the month. Swiss Corinne Suter was also great at the Worlds, winning a Downhill silver and a Super-G bronze.

The overall World Cup leaders, Marcel Hirscher (AUT) and Shiffrin might be able to clinch their seasonal titles next week.

NBC has coverage on the NBC Olympic Channel of the Downhill on Saturday at 4 a.m. Eastern time, and the Super-G on Sunday at 2:30 a.m. Eastern. Look for results here.