We’ve already reached that time of the year when the first alpine skiing events will be held. The first race will take place in Solden, Austria this weekend. Before the start of the 2020-21 season we checked if there have been any changes in the top. And who are the main favorites in the Women’s Alpine World Cup odds.
This will be the 55th season in the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) Alpine Ski World Cup where women skiers will compete in 34 events in 20 different locations. At least according to the plan of the 2020-21 season, which will start this weekend in Solden, Austria. Federica Brignone won the overall title last year and became the first Italian female skier to get this glory. She finished ahead of three-time world cup champion American Mikaela Shiffrin who is the main favorite this season again. But after struggling with injuries and the appearance of new talents she won’t have an easy job to claim back the title.
Defending champion is in the favorites again in the Women’s Alpine World Cup odds
Online sportsbooks in Italy favor defending champion Federica Brignone to win the first race in Austria with the odds of 4.20. But her lead is partially due to the absence of Mikaela Shiffrin who has to miss the season opener because of her back injury. But she is planning to get back to skiing soon and start her mission to win this year’s title. The American is already a two-time Olympic champion and a four-time world champion in slalom at the age of only 25. But last year she had a tougher season with ups and downs, finishing second in slalom and in the overall standing as well. Now her odds to win the overall title is 1.50.
One of her biggest rivals can be Brignone, who got a silver medal from the 2011 World Championship. Also a bronze medal from the 2018 Winter Olympics in giant slalom. She was excellent in the previous season and won the giant slalom and the combined disciplines beside the overall title. But with the last few races cancelled the season came to an abrupt end. Now Brignone wants to repeat her performance and celebrate her title in a more traditional way. Her odds to be able to do so is 7.00 on bet365.
Slalom champion can also fight for the overall title
25-year old Slovak Petra Vlhova won the slalom world cup title last season finishing 20 points ahead of Shiffrin. She also got three medals from the 2019 World Championships. Gold in giant slalom, a silver in combined and a bronze medal in slalom. After all these results it’s not a surprise that online gambling sites in Italy also mention her in the favorites with the odds of 7.00. Vlhova has finished in the podium in the last two years in the overall standing as well, so this season she might aim for the top spot. And she can start this mission with a good performance in Solden in the giant slalom race.
We can also find four Swiss skiers with a chance of winning. Probably Corinne Suter and Wendy Holdener are the most likely ones to race for the overall title. As Suter finished fourth last season and also won the Downhill and Super G disciplines. While Holdener finished second in Alpine combined and fourth in slalom last season. But it was a slightly disappointing season for the two-time combined world champion whose odds to win the overall title now is 15.00.