Cross-country skiing 2017-2018 years

The ski race schedule for 2017-2018 has been drawn up taking into account that will be held in South Korea from February 9 to 25. In connection with this grand event, 19 stages are provided in both men's and women's sports disciplines. Despite the truncated schedule, the fans of this sport are looking forward to the start of the season, which promises to give a lot of surprises.

Tournament schedule

The calendar of men's ski racing 2017-2018 year is as follows:

Stage number

date

Location

Sports discipline

1

24. 11. 2017

Hand (Finland)

Sprint 1.4 km (classic style)

25. 11. 2017

Hand (Finland)

Interval start 15 km (classic style)

26. 11. 2017

Hand (Finland)

Pursuit 15 km (free style)

2

02. 12. 2017

Lillehammer (Norway)

Sprint 1.4 km (classic style)

3

03. 12. 2017

Lillehammer (Norway)

Skiathlon 30km

4

09. 12. 2017

Davos (Switzerland)

Sprint 1.4 km (classic style)

5

10. 12. 2017

Davos (Switzerland)

Individual race 15 km (free style)

6

16. 12. 2017

Toblach (Italy)

Individual race 15 km (classic style)

7

17. 12. 2017

Toblach (Italy)

Pursuit 15 km (free style)

8

30. 12. 2017

Lenzerheide (Switzerland)

Sprint 1.4 km (free style)

31. 12. 2017

Lenzerheide (Switzerland)

Individual race 15 km (classic style)

01.01. 2018

Lenzerheide (Switzerland)

Pursuit 15 km (free style)

03.01. 2018

Oberstdorf (Germany)

Sprint 1.4 km (classic style)

04.01. 2018

Oberstdorf (Germany)

Mass start 15 km (free style)

06.01. 2018

Val di Fiemme (Italy)

Mass start 15 km (classic style)

07.01. 2018

Val di Fiemme (Italy)

Pursuit 9 km (free style)

9

13.01. 2018

Dresden, Germany)

Sprint (free style)

10

14.01. 2018

Dresden, Germany)

Team sprint (free style)

11

20.01. 2018

Planica (Slovenia)

Sprint 1.4 km (classic style)

12

21.01. 2018

Planica (Slovenia)

Individual race 15 km (classic style)

13

27.01. 2018

Seefeld (Austria)

Sprint (free style)

14

28.01. 2018

Seefeld (Austria)

Mass start 15 km (free style)

15

03. 03. 2018

Lahti (Finland)

Sprint (free style)

16

04. 03. 2018

Lahti (Finland)

Individual race 15 km (classic style)

17

07. 03. 2018

Drammen (Norway)

Sprint (classic style)

18

10. 03. 2018

Oslo (Norway)

Mass start 50 km (free style)

19

16. 03. 2018

Falun (Sweden)

Sprint (free style)

17. 03. 2018

Falun (Sweden)

Mass start 15 km (free style)

18. 03. 2018

Falun (Sweden)

Pursuit 15 km (free style)

The culmination of the 2017-2018 season in cross-country skiing will be the 8th stage (“Tour de Ski”), within which seven races per week will take place.Usually in this grueling segment, the leaders of the overall standings and outsiders of the competition are determined. Experts agree that many eminent racers will not go to the top of the form by the beginning of the year, since in February they are waiting for the main tournament of the four-year period. This allows us to hope for a number of unexpected results and the rise of new stars on the ski Olympus.

Cross-country skiing 2017-2018 years

The schedule of the Ski World Cup 2017-2018 among women is presented below:

Stage number

date

Location

Sports discipline

1

24. 11. 2017

Hand (Finland)

Sprint 1.4 km (classic style)

25. 11. 2017

Hand (Finland)

Interval start 10 km (classic style)

26. 11. 2017

Hand (Finland)

Pursuit 10 km (free style)

2

02. 12. 2017

Lillehammer (Norway)

Sprint 1.4 km (classic style)

3

03. 12. 2017

Lillehammer (Norway)

Skiathlon 15 km

4

09. 12. 2017

Davos (Switzerland)

Sprint 1.4 km (classic style)

5

10. 12. 2017

Davos (Switzerland)

Individual race 10 km (free style)

6

16. 12. 2017

Toblach (Italy)

Individual race 10 km (classic style)

7

17. 12. 2017

Toblach (Italy)

Pursuit 10 km (free style)

8

30. 12. 2017

Lenzerheide (Switzerland)

Sprint 1.4 km (free style)

31. 12. 2017

Lenzerheide (Switzerland)

Individual race 10 km (classic style)

01.01. 2018

Lenzerheide (Switzerland)

Pursuit 10 km (free style)

03.01. 2018

Oberstdorf (Germany)

Sprint 1.4 km (classic style)

04.01. 2018

Oberstdorf (Germany)

Mass start 10 km (free style)

06.01. 2018

Val di Fiemme (Italy)

Mass start 10 km (classic style)

07.01. 2018

Val di Fiemme (Italy)

Pursuit 9 km (free style)

9

13.01. 2018

Dresden, Germany)

Sprint (free style)

10

14.01. 2018

Dresden, Germany)

Team sprint (free style)

11

20.01. 2018

Planica (Slovenia)

Sprint (classic style)

12

21.01. 2018

Planica (Slovenia)

Individual race 10 km (classic style)

13

27.01. 2018

Seefeld (Austria)

Sprint (free style)

14

28.01. 2018

Seefeld (Austria)

Mass start 10 km (free style)

15

03. 03. 2018

Lahti (Finland)

Sprint (free style)

16

04. 03. 2018

Lahti (Finland)

Individual race 10 km (classic style)

17

07. 03. 2018

Drammen (Norway)

Sprint (classic style)

18

10. 03. 2018

Oslo (Norway)

Mass start 30 km (free style)

19

16. 03. 2018

Falun (Sweden)

Sprint (free style)

17. 03. 2018

Falun (Sweden)

Mass start 10 km (free style)

18. 03. 2018

Falun (Sweden)

Pursuit 10 km (free style)

As you can see, the women's calendar for ski racing in 2017-2018 completely duplicates men's starts with the only difference that the distance of competitive disciplines among the fair sex is a bit shorter.

If we consider the credit system, it is identical in men and women, but it has a number of features. Most points are awarded in the framework of the Tour de Ski at the beginning of the year. For example, the winner of the discipline immediately gets 400 points in the overall standings, second place brings 320 points, and third - 240. For comparison, the triumphant of a regular tour in the ski season earns only 100 points (second place - 80, third - 60). As part of a three-day tour (from November 24 to November 26, 2017), the winner of the race gets 200 points, 160 points for second place, 120 points for third place, and so on.

Men's season favorites

The main contender for the first line in the overall standings is Martin Johnsrud Sundby. The World Cup submitted to the Norwegian rider in the two previous seasons, and the prerequisites for changing the leader has not yet been foreseen. The only nuance for fans of "Bearded" should be the Olympics, the gold which is not in the box of the athlete. For the sake of the treasured award, Sundby has radically changed the training process, therefore, in the starting races of the season one can hardly expect outstanding results from him. The peak of the Norwegian form should be expected only in January-February 2018, closer to the main event of the four-year period.

Martin sundby

Certainly Russian Sergey Ustyugov, who fought with Sundby on an equal basis last season, will not force training. For example, in the framework of the Tour de Ski, the domestic skier completely surpassed the Norwegian, which means that he is psychologically more stable and is recovering faster. The only problem for Ustyugov could be the possible removal of Russian athletes from the Olympics because of the unabated doping scandal. In the event of such a development of events, he will have to concentrate all his forces on the World Cup, where for the first time in a long time there will be a chance to win the Big Crystal Globe.

While mastodons of ski races are preparing for the Olympics, young people will definitely want to demonstrate their best qualities. It is primarily about the young Norwegian rider Johannes Klebo. Last season, the athlete won the Small World Cup on the basis of the sprint, and in the overall standings climbed to fourth place. Many consider Clabo to be a pure sprinter, but his progress in other disciplines is obvious. With the best of luck, a “wunderkind” can seriously compete with Sundby and Ustyugov.

Johannes clabo

Of course, the circle of applicants for the first place in the World Cup in ski racing 2017-2018 is not limited to three names. Sports analysts include drivers such as:

  • Matti Heikenenna (Finland);
  • Finn Hogen Krog (Norway);
  • Marcus Hellner (Sweden);
  • Dario Colon (Switzerland);
  • Ivo Niskanen (Finland);
  • Alex Harvey (Canada) and others.

Any of these athletes has a good chance of "shooting", being on top of the overall standings at the end of the competition. It will be more interesting to follow the men's battles, which will delight with their uncompromising.

Women's season favorites

The Women's Ski World Cup 2017-2018 schedule includes 19 stages. According to experts, only two sportswomen are currently ready to score points steadily:

  • Marit Bjørgen (Norway);
  • Heidi Veng (Norway).

Marit Bjørgen has already announced its main goal for the season - the medal for the Olympics in Phenchhane. For her sake, the Norwegian skier will miss the Tour de Ski and will try to get herself to the peak of her uniform by February. Skipping a series of competitions in early 2018 automatically deprives her of the chances for the Big Crystal Globe, but in South Korea Bjergen plans to compensate for the loss of the trophy by participating in all six starts.For the 37-year-old OI athlete will be the last in his career, so the current tournament in ski racing is regarded only as a preparatory ground. Marit wants to leave beautifully with the gold of the Olympics around her neck, and she is very likely to succeed.

Marit Bjergen

Triumphant of the past World Cup in cross-country skiing Heidi Veng intends to repeat the success. Nevertheless, in her heart, Norwegian cherishes dreams of an Olympic medal, which can play a cruel joke with her. Before the start of the season, Weng gave abstract interviews, without telling his true plans to journalists. A number of analysts are inclined to believe that participation in the Tour de Ski physically exhausts an athlete, and this will significantly reduce the chances of a decent performance in South Korea.

Among the other examples of women's ski racing, which will be competed in the overall World Cup, we will highlight:

  • Jessica Diggins (USA);
  • Steena Nilsson (Sweden);
  • Ingvild Ostberg (Norway);
  • Christa Pärmyakoski (Finland).

Natalya Matveyeva is in the cohort of the most powerful Russian skiers. She won the individual race last season in Toblach. This triumph was the first in 10 years, but in the current season, in the absence of recognized leaders, Matveyeva has an additional opportunity to win a high place in the overall World Cup.

The Olympic season of ski racing 2017-2018 has already started. It will be full of exciting events, the heat of struggle and genuine emotions of athletes who will make every effort to win prestigious awards. Do not miss the main competition starts. Channels Eurosport, Eurosport 2, Match TV and Match Arena regularly broadcast them on the territory of Russia.



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