Slovenia (June 8)—The FIS Congress 2002, looking to provide more
excitement and appeal in alpine World Cup racing and to make it more
TV-friendly, made several dramatic changes in racing formats during the
recent Congress 2002, its biennial convention.
gathering in this Slovenian seaside resort community made the following
The starting procedure for World Cup downhill and super G events
will change to enhance the opportunities for more skiers to have a chance
to win. Under the new protocol, the top-30 skiers will start in reverse
order. The change was designed to stem a trend where virtually all World
Cup speed races were being decided before even 10 skiers had started.
super G, the latest "World Cup Start List"—a ranking list of
the top racers—will be used to seed the race, with the top-30 order
reversed for the top 30 starters in the race.
be two procedures in downhill. When two or more downhill training runs are
conducted prior to the World Cup event, the ranking list from the second
training run will be used, with the top 30 reversed in the start of the
downhill. Where just one training run is held, the World Cup Start List in
reverse order will be used to seed the top-30 start positions.
racers select their start number with the best choosing start numbers
first. Generally, most top skiers select start positions between 5-10 when
course conditions are best.
has been a situation where virtually every super G and most downhills are
decided before 10 starters. The change is expected to have a dramatic
effect on results and build more fan and television appeal for World Cup
new slalom procedure, which was tested a year ago in a stand-alone
event, will be added to one World Cup this next season.
so-called 'KO [for Knock-out] Slalom' will be implemented in night races
Dec. 15-16 in Sestriere, Italy, for women and men.
new format, a qualifying run is held during the day with the top-30 from
that qualifying run seeded into the start of the World Cup.
first run, the first racer and 30th racer will race individually with the
best time advancing, and so on. The 15 winners plus the three fastest
times among the losers will advance to the next round. The 18 skiers in
the next round will follow a similar format, resulting in nine skiers
advancing to the third and final round, where time alone will determine
the final ranking.