The 2021 Alpine Ski World Championships will be held between the 7th and 21st of February in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Top skiers from all over the world will compete for 13 titles including the men’s and women’s slalom races. The 2021 Alpine Ski World Championships odds already mention the favorites for both events, let’s see them now.
Cortina d’Ampezzo is a famous ski resort in Italy, which has already held the world championships twice before, in 1932 and 1956. In more recent years it was a regular place for World Cup events especially in the women’s speed events. Now the men’s competition will also return to the Tofane’s slopes after a thirty-year absence. All top skiers will take part in the event from Alexis Pinturault to Mikaela Shiffrin which is the last big competition ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. In the slalom disciplines we can expect tight races with several athletes being in great form this season. In the men’s event the defending champion and legend of the sport, Marcel Hirscher has retired with several skiers aiming to take his place now. While in the women’s race the defending champion, Mikaela Shiffrin will be here and try to defend her title.
2021 Alpine Ski World Championships odds favor Noel and Schwarz
Online sportsbooks in Italy offer the smallest odds, 3.00 for the victory of Clement Noel. It is slightly surprising as Noel is only 4th in the slalom overall standing in this season’s World Cup. The 23-year-old French skier has won one race in 2020-21, but he has 7 slalom victories so far. Noel also finished second in the last two years in the slalom world cup and 4th in the 2018 Olympics. So his previous results explain his odds but we shall see if he can perform on top level in Cortina.
The other main favorite is Austrian Marco Schwarz, who is leading the Slalom World Cup this season. He has won two races and finished five more times on the podium. After finishing 7th last year, he is having his best season of his career. Schwarz got the bronze medal in the last world championships in Sweden too. Now he has the odds of 4.50 in the 2021 Alpine Ski World Championships odds to get an even better result and win the event.
Pinturault and Kristoffersen are also mentioned in the favorites
Alexis Pinturault is leading the overall world cup at the moment with a massive, 258 points lead ahead of Marco Schwarz. The French athlete has won four races this season but none of them came from slalom. He is still mentioned with the odds of 15.00 to win now. The combined specialist has also finished fourth in the last world championships in slalom and fifth in the 2018 Olympics which are not too bad results.
But his main rival, Henrik Kristoffersen can overtake him in this discipline after getting in form. After a poor start he won the last slalom world cup race in Chamonix last weekend, which was his second victory of the season. The main issue with the Norwegian skier is his inconsistency. As he either skis brilliantly or very poorly. Online gambling sites in Italy believe the two-time slalom world cup winner can bring his better side to Cortina. And offer the odds of 7.50 for his victory.
Vhlova and Shiffrin can battle for the title in women’s slalom
In the women’s race Petra Vhlova is leading the slalom world cup after winning three races in the season. The Slovakian athlete can easily defend her slalom world cup title from last season and get the gold medal in the world championships. She finished third in the previous event, but Vhlova is in her best form and will be difficult to beat. She has the odds of 2.75 to win the title.
But American four-time slalom world champion, Mikaela Shiffrin can certainly win as well with the odds of 3.00. She has been struggling in the beginning of the season after her injury and loss of her father. But the 25-year-old champion seems to get back to form again after winning the last slalom race in Austria. Slalom is her strongest discipline so we should see another great performance from her. While Austrian Katharina Liensberger can surprise both of them and get the gold medal. Even though she hasn’t won any race yet this season, she finished five times on the podium, Now her odds to be on top of it is 5.00 on 22Bet.