The World Ski Championships in Courchevel and Meribel in France start on Monday.
All information about the favourites, the chances of the Germans and injury shocks.
Munich - Hearts racing together - this is not a dating portal for car racers, but the motto of the 47th World Ski Championships, which starts on Monday in France.
The showdown of the ski stars is coming up, as reported by tz.de.
The towns of Courchevel and Meribel in Savoie belong to the Trois Vallées ski area, the largest in Europe with 600 kilometers of slopes.
The women's competitions of the 1992 Winter Games were also held in Meribel - Katja Seizinger won bronze in the downhill.
The Germans surprised with four medals in 2021 in Cortina (silver for Kira Weidle, Romed Baumann, Andreas Sander and bronze in the team), which should be difficult this time.
Kira Weidle from Starnberg and Munich's slalom aces Linus Straßer and Lena Dürr are the biggest podium candidates.
Official DSV goal: one medal each for women and men.
World Ski Championships in Meribel & Courchevel: the stars, appendix shock and Shiffrin provocation
Above all, the US lady Mikaela Shiffrin and the Swiss Marco Odermatt have expectations.
Shiffrin is a gold contender in the technical disciplines and the combination, Odermatt in giant slalom and Super G. Both can be trusted even more if the competition is not against it.
In the men's downhill, for example, the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (Shiffrin's friend) and the Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr, in the women's speed area the Italian Sofia Goggia.
Second-placed Mikaela Shiffrin (lr) from the USA, winner Lena Dürr from Germany and third-placed Zrinka Ljutic from Croatia at the World Cup in Špindlerův Mlýn at the end of January.
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The star who is still trembling about his participation is Lucas Braathen.
The 22-year-old Norwegian recently had an appendectomy.
It is still uncertain whether the leader of the slalom classification will be fit in time for one or more missions.
He himself wrote on Instagram about "a small chance".
Two-time Olympic champion and a total of eleven World Cup medals (seven times gold) - France legend Marielle Goitschel was one of the best of her time.
When she looks at Shiffrin, the 77-year-old leans far out of the window.
She is "the only one who can match my number of medals," said Goitschel at Le Parisien, but: "In slalom, I'm untouchable.
I would hit Shiffrin in the nose with my fingers." And further: "In the Super-G I would not have given a single medal."
Information about the World Cup from Monday in Meribel & Courchevel: All defending champions will compete again
Italy's hara-kiri signora is said to have fallen in training, including a visit to the hospital.
The association denies that the speed queen just "slipped" and "decided to end the training camp a day earlier".
Everyone is back from the 2021 World Cup - but not everyone is at their peak.
For example in giant slalom Matthieu Faivre (France) and the slalom winners Sebastian-Foss Solevag (Norway) and Katharina Liensberger (Austria).
For the defending champion in women's downhill, Corinne Suter (Switzerland), it is the first time since her bad fall in Cortina two weeks ago.
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