With the opening races of the 2016-17 World Cup season less than a week away, two more national teams have finalized their starters for this weekend’s races in Soelden, Austria.
After conducting time trials at the Val Senales glacier, alpine Juggernaut Austria has submitted a 10-woman roster, which is headlined by last season’s giant slalom title winner Eva-Maria Brem. Joining Brem on the start sheet will be veteran Michaela Kirchgasser and World Junior Champion Nina Ortlieb, along with Stephanie Brunner, Ricarda Haaser, Elisabeth Kappaurer, Stephanie Resch, Rosina Schneeberger, Carmen Thalmann, and Katharina Truppe.
On the men’s side, last season’s World Cup overall winner Marcel Hirscher leads a 10-man squad into the weekend, which includes Christoph Noesig, Philipp Schoerghofer, Stefan Brennsteiner, Marco Schwarz, Roland Leitinger, Vincent Kriechmayr, Manuel Feller, Christian Hirschbuehl and Marcel Mathis.
For the Swedes, only seven men and women will push out of the start in Soelden, with last season’s women’s slalom champion Frida Hansdotter leading the charge along with Maria Pietilae-Holmner, Kajsa Kling, and Emelie Wikstroem.
Veteran Andre Myhrer headlines the Swedish men as Matts Olsson makes his return to the World Cup after recovering from a torn ACL suffered during last season‘s build up to Soelden. Young gun Kristoffer Jakobsen will also be making his World Cup debut on the Rettenbach glacier.
For the Swiss team, there has already been a change to the original lineup. Rahel Kopp was injured in training on Oct. 17, suffering a sprain of her MCL in her right knee. She will replaced by 17-year-old Camille Rast, who is making her World Cup debut.