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  • Writer's pictureRaúl Revuelta

Madonna di Campiglio Night Slalom Preview

Updated: Dec 22, 2023

There is one last race on the Alpine Ski World Cup before Christmas, the legendary Night Slalom on the demanding "Canalone Miramonti" in Madonna di Campiglio.

The Skiarena Campiglio Dolomiti di Brenta, the largest ski domain in Trentino with 156 kilometers of slopes, extends over three intrelinked ski areas: Madonna di Campiglio, Val Randena-Pinzolo, and Folgarida-Marilleva. In the heart of the Brenta Dolomites, the ski area streches from 850 to 2500 meters.

Madonna di Campiglio is the oldest Italian World Cup venue, as they hold a Slalom in 1966-67, the year of the foundation of the World Cup. More than 50 years later, the event is still running and attracting thousands of people for the traditional night race on the 22nd of December.

After the fabulous last editions the 3Tre, among the most historical competitions of the White Circus, gets back as a fixed stage on the Canalone Miramonti slope.

Next Friday the lights will turn on again on Canalone Miramonti, which hosts the 70th edition of the 3Tre Fis Ski World Cup Men's Night Slalom.

Madonna di Campiglio (ITA) December 22nd Slalom / Men. 1st run: 17:45 -2nd run 20:45 CET

Start altitude: 1,725 m

Finish altitude: 1,545 m

Elevation difference: 180 m

Length: 470 m

Maximum gradient: 60%

Average gradient: 27%

Last season Daniel Yule won the last race before Christmas in Madonna di Campiglio. It's his third victory on the demanding "Canalone Miramonti" after his wins in 2018 and 2020.

Henrik Kristoffersen finished in second place +0.08 seconds behind the Swiss.

Linus Strasser rounded up the podium in third place +0.18 seconds behind Yule.

Manuel Feller won the first Slalom of the 2023-2024 winter season in Gurgl. Feller tops an Austrian podium with Marco Schwarz second (+0.23) and Michael Matt third (+1.05).

Feller could become the first Austrian skier to win consecutive Slalom World Cup races since Marcel Hirscher won two in January 2019 (Zagreb and Adelboden).

In 2023 Manuel Feller finished in fifth place in the Slalom standings.

After finishing in fifth position in the first run, Marco Schwarz rose to second position thanks to setting the best time in the decisive run. The 28-year-old all-rounder delivered an impressive demonstration of his consistency. 13 of his 22 podiums in the Alpine Ski World Cup were in the Slalom discipline. His previous podium in Slalom was a third place in 2021 in Chamonix.

Michael Matt finished in third position in Gurgl. Matt climbed up onto the podium from a 17th place in the first run. The last time he was in a World Cup podium was in Madona di Campiglio in December 2018. It's his 7th podium in Slalom in the Alpine Ski World Cup.

Since 2014, only one of the nine Men's Alpine Ski World Cup Slaloms in Madonna di Campiglio was won by an Austrian. Marcel Hirscher won in Madonna on December 22, 2017.

Austria recorded one clean sweep in the Men's World Cup Slalom in Madonna di Campiglio, on December 19, 2000 with Mario Matt, Heinz Schilchegger, and Rainer Schönfelder in a 1-2-3 podium.

Henrik Kristoffersen finished in second place on the Slalom standings and won the Slalom gold medal at the 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships in Courchevel-Méribel. Previously the 29-year-old Norwegian had won a bronze medal in 2021 at Cortina d'Ampezzo and at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

Henrik Kristoffersen has won the Slalom Crystal Globe three times (2015-2016, 2019-2020, and 2021-2022). He aims to become the fourth male alpine skier to win the Slalom Title more than three times, after Ingemar Stenmark (8), Marcel Hirscher (6) and Alberto Tomba (4).

The Norwegian was four times on the podium last season, twice in the first position: Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Wengen.

Kristoffersen, with 50 podiums, including 23 wins in this discipline, is in fourth position in the ranking of most podiums in Slalom. Only three other men has won more podium finishes in World Cup Slalom events as Kristoffersen: ingemar Stenmark (81), Marcel Hirscher (65), and Alberto Tomba (57).

The 29-year-old skier has claimed 30 World Cup victories in total.

Kristoffersen can become this season the second male skier to achieve at least one World Cup victory in 11 consecutive seasons, after Alberto Tomba did so from 1987-1988 to 1997-1998.

Kristoffersen has won three times the World Cup Slalom event in Madonna di Campiglio (2015, 2016, 2020).

Ramon Zenhäusern finished in third place in the Slalom standings. He won the last race of the 2022-2023 winter season in Soldeu, Andorra. It's his third podium and second win of last season. After more than two years, he has won the Slalom event at the "Verte des Houches" piste in Chamonix. He won two Slalom World Cup events in a single season for the first time.

Daniel Yule was fourth in the Slalom standings. He won the World Cup Slalom races in Madonna di Campiglio and Kitzbühel last season, and finished third in Chamonix.

The 30-year-old Swiss skier can equal his best season 2019-2020 when he became the only Swiss man so far to win three Men's Slalom World Cup events in a single campaign.

Yule claimed his first career World Cup victories in slalom events in

Madonna di Campiglio, on December 22, 2018, and January 8, 2020. He has claimed as many victories in World Cup Slalom events in Madonna di Campiglio (3) as in all other resorts combined (3). He can become the second male alpine skier to win the World Cup Slalom at least four times in Madonna di Campiglio, after Ingemar Stenmark (5).

Zenhäusern and Yule hope to become the second Swiss male skier to top the Alpine Ski World Cup Slalom standings, after Dumeng Giovanoli in 1967-1968 (the second World Cup season).

The last Swiss skier - male or female - to win the Slalom World Cup title was Vreni Schneider. She won it four consecutive times from 1991-1992 to 1994-1995.

Clement Noël won the Night Slalom in Schladming last season. The Olympic Champion in Beijing celebrated his first World Cup victory since December 2021. It's his 10th World Cup Slalom victory.

The 26-year-old French skier finished on the podium two more times last season, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and in Palisades Tahoe.

Two-time Junior World Champion Alexander Steen Olsen won a thrilling Slalom at Palisades Tahoe last season. But the 22-year-old Norwegian had to endure a long wait to celebrate his first career World Cup victory. Only after minutes of deliberation and the subsequent disqualification of the AJ Ginnis, -the officials determined the Greek skier straddled a gate-, the Norwegian was aclaimed winner.

AJ Ginnis finished second in the Men's slalom World Cup event in Charmonix on February 4th. He can become the first Greek winner of a World Cup event in any Olympic winter sports. The most recent countries to win their first World Cup event in Alpine Skiing both achieved this in the men's slalom event: Kalle Palander for Finland (Kitzbühel, January 2003) and Dave Ryding for Great Britain (Kitzbühel, January 2022).

He won the Slalom silver medal at the 2023 Alpine World Ski Championships in Courchevel-Méribel.

Dave Ryding finished in fourth place in the Opening Slalom in Gurgl, missing the podium by merely 0.01 seconds. 37-year-old Ryding could become the second skier (male or female) to claim a World Cup victory after turning 37. Didier Cuche claimed four Alpine Ski World Cup wins after his 37th birthday in the 2011-2012 season.

He could become the second-oldest man to record a World Cup slalom podium finish, after Giuliano Razzoli's third place in Wengen on January 16, 2022 with 37 years and 29 days.


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