Coverage from Kitzbuhel of the men's downhill on the Hahnenkamm, as well as highlights from the women's downhill in Garmisch and an interview with British snowboarder Billy Morgan.
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Hello and welcome to Ski Sunday.
We're in Kitzbuehel for the infamous Hahnenkam.
Over the years, we might have been guilty of overhyping this race.
You know, we say it's the one the racers are desperate to win,
the one they'll risk it all for, the one with the highest tariff
Well, it might sound like cliche, but it's true.
And in the rich history of this incredible event,
last year's race was one of the best.
I have to accept the fact that there will be risk and reward. It is the
darkest day I have ever had on skis. There is nowhere else remotely like
it. An epic battle, man versus mountain.
That was a really decent start from the Italian.
He is absolutely flying on the stripes. Oh, my, oh, my. He spins
out. He is skiing for the lead in Kitzbuehel. The champion of
Kitzbuehel. Later in the show, we'll also be
in Garmisch, Germany, Their race last year
was equally memorable, 1.5 seconds, absolutely sensational
from Lindsay Wagner. And Ed's also been catching
up with Billy Morgan, Britain's ground breaking
snowboarder who is hunting Before all that, it's
the downhill from Kitzbuehel. Raced on the imfamous Streif,
this is a course that is revered Graham will be racing down it
with a camera shortly, but before that he wanted to take
you on his inspection, allowing him time to stop
and reminisce on some of this race's I remember the first time I stood in
the start gate like it was yesterday and I have some quite painful
memories. In 1984I crashed in trading in bust up my hand, and in
1985, the first time I got to race, I crashed on the first gate and
broke my shoulder. Not a good start. If you make it past where I fell,
you straight to the next test, and it's big one. -- you are straight to
the next test. It is so steep for so long, and you can jump up to 80
metres. It is like a ski jump. As soon as you land, you have a
difficult compression on the left hand, then the carousel on the right
hand. It's almost a 180 degrees turn that brings you onto the steep
slope. It gets even steeper, and you have do run out close to the net. A
lot of racers crash on the X it. -- the exit. Miller blew his best
chance of winning the downhill by riding the nets. He is on the net!
When you get to the lower part of the course your legs are spent and
you still have to deal with this, the big jump into the compression,
then a hard left-hand turn onto an icy traverse, and then it is where
all of the problems were caused last year. The secret to nailing the
bumpy traverses to stay high and carry your speed all the way down to
the finish. If you crash up their it can go horribly wrong. The last
feature of the course is the finished jump. That caused some
crashes. Scott McCartney and Daniel al brek suffered bad injuries. Since
then, the jump has been taken down very slightly. But it cannot be
overlooked. Nothing here can. I am not sure anybody ever Masters this
course. Even the greats, what they did is embrace the challenge and
suppress the fear. Trust me, that is not easy. The Austrian press have
christened the course the light -- white monster. Who has the tools to
taint it? Janswood has the ability and also the gliding skills in the
mid-part of the course. But if it is not him, then it could be one of two
Italians, last year's winner, or Dominic Parris, who is big, powerful
and not scared. But the crowd will want an Austrian winner, and they
could get it in Max Franks, who has been is skiing really well. He is
unreliable on the course. He has the ability to be fast but he makes a
lot of mistakes. This is the course that all of the skiers want to win.
If you win on the Hahnenkamm, you are a ski racing legend. There is
nowhere else remotely like it. An epic battle, man versus mountain.
He is flying. The fastest man on the Hahnenkamm. Oh, a horrible crash.
What an attack from the great man. A wonderful run. Going faster and
faster. Frans crammer's record has gone. The clear skies and cold
weather have frozen the track into the ICS I have ever seen it.
Certainly in the last few years -- the raciest. Let's have a look at it
at the start. Really icy around the first gate. You just have to fight
to keep the line. Now we are setting up the carousel
turn. Onto this really slick icy section.
Pulling out to the net. Coming high from behind. Wow, that is by far the
toughest start to any downhill course. It just throws you in at the
deep end. Over the little jump and we're onto the next part. Really
bumpy downhill. Almost in sight of the finish. But you are far from
safe. This is where so many problems were caused last season. Over the
jump, and into the compression. We want to stay up high. We on the
bumpy traverse. Just inside the gate. Absolutely flying down the
finish. Over the finished jump. And we are across the line. Wow! . That
is the toughest and ICS -- and most ICI have seen the course of a long
time. The top section is absolutely brutal. It is not pretty skiing. It
is just survival all the way down. Overdo Matt Chilton for the
commentary. Downhill day in Kitzbuehel is the
toughest course in the world. The biggest winter sport crowd and the
biggest race of all. The Frenchman, number three and
Steve Nyman of the USA is the current leader, as Theux accelerates
towards the mighty mountain. 60 metres of flight. A solid landing
into the carousel. Has to work to keep the skis calm through the blue
eyes. It's like a vertical ice hockey rink. Down on the left ski
living dangerously coming through the outer layer. Into the Hausberger
counter approaching, and the flag has been less than sliding this
year, but that does not lessen the gravity of the big traverse which
Theux is on. Keeping a nice, high line.
Theaux leads the France. He shocked the crowd by taking the lead. We had
a really good traverse. But he was not great on the exit. Very close to
the nets on the X it. Ready to race is the veteran, Peter Bill. But he
triumphed last year and he put his victory down to getting married. Can
Fill trouble and strife again today. Peter Fill, the defending champion,
but it wasn't the full course a year ago. He would love to conquer
Kitzbuehel from top to bottom. Nice flight, solid landing and into Fill.
He tries to prop himself up. He has only ever won two of the World Cup
downhill races, and one of those was in Kitzbuehel 12 months ago. Nice,
high line to cruise through the trees. 112 kilometres. He lands
softly and he is still in the Green zone. Peter Fill is in control as he
hunts down victories for two years in success in in Kitzbuehel. There
is a new double gate put in here just to slow the racers down. That
is just slightly as they come to the Hausberger counter. Here is the big
red and yellow arch. Fill is flying. He makes contact early with the snow
and he has a good line coming into the traverse and he has the
advantage. Peter Fill has 0.24 of a second. He dives down the final
stretch towards the bottom of the Hahnenkamm. They are going crazy.
Fill, the winner a year ago, and he leads in 27 year -- 2017. A new
leader in Kitzbuehel. Last year's winner proving there is life in the
old legs. So smooth on the top part of the course and on the lower
section, he was so high going along the bumpy traverse. He carried so
much speed down towards the finish. Great time again from the Italian.
Next on the Hahnenkamm is Dominic Parris. Can the 2013 winner triumph
again and prove he's not passed his best? Paris -- Paris. Dominik Paris
was the winner two years ago, and what a flight here. Tucking the ski
poles around his body. Barely moved from the low aerodynamic shape, and
he has the reward, and the early intermediate shows that Paris is in
front of Peter Phil. Nice line from Paris as he heads
off. Now off the side, and he has drifted off into the red zone, but
he trails Peter Fill by a tenth of a second. He will come in with
potentially the toughest part of the course to come. Green again for
Dominik Paris. Amazing strength and lightness on his skis. There is a
little mistake. It might just cost him a fraction of a second. 0.1
eight. Still in front. He has to be high. Bounced around here. The skis
are almost aquaplaning on this section, and then he tucks in for
the run to the line, and the lead potentially, again. Dominik Paris,
the winner in 2013, and he leads again in 2017 by 0.4 of a second.
Dominik Paris is so strong and powerful. When he landed there, it
was almost tucking into the compression. Went in there with bent
legs, and the G forces will double your weight, and he held all of that
through the turns. Superb skiing. He stands so relaxed on his skis.
Brilliant. Had his first World Cup win in
mid-December after so many near misses. Flapping like a bird there,
but he is carrying extraordinary speed. He has lost his right ski.
That should not have happened. That was a pre-release. The ski came off,
and France's race is over. There is a fine line as to how tight you do
up your skis. Franz there. Kind of like losing the wheel of your F1
car. In the start up is last year 's runner up. He is an instinctive
skier and loves the challenge of this course, soap reading --
succeeding the podium on Friday. How will he do today? This man is a big
unit to say the least. Feuz of Switzerland. The 29-year-old has
four downhill wins in his career, including the longest of them all in
2012. He has never won here in Kitzbuehel. Incredible straight from
Feuz to keep the skis calming through the ice here. So far, Feuz
is getting it right on the strife. As he flies through, he has
increased that advantage to 0.3 nine. If he can get the bottom
section right, Feuz will give the Italians a run for their money.
1:17.64 for Feuz. The big man will hope to carry this speed onto the
bumpy Traverse which follows. He has a massive advantage. All he has to
do is stay on his feet. He's in trouble! He is going to hit the net
is! Oh, my word! Green lights all the way down for Feuz. Flying, but
then the mistake, just to not get on that right ski as he went into the
compression, didn't have the height and just ran out of piste. Luckily
it was a glancing blow into the nets. Let's hope he's OK. Feuz is
walking away. He's fine. Ready to face the strife the... Strief is
Carlo Janka. He has shared a meal with Wayne Rooney. Will today prove
to be sweet or sour for Carlo Janka? Number 15 at the top of the Strief.
Now he plunges down the side of this my team hanging mighty Hahnenkamm
mountain. He's got the upper hand. A cracking top section for Carlo
Janka. Through the carousel, he's a bit twisted. This turn can make or
break this race. Close to the edge, but he's OK. He was more than half a
second in front on intermediate number 2. Clatters through some of
these red control gates, and now settles himself down for the
approach to the house burqa canter. 11 hundredths of a second. The
Italians are celebrating at the foot of the course, though they might be
a bit premature. Janka is faster than Paris. Stands hard on that
right skis. High line from Janka. The left turn to come. Skiing for a
top three position, or possibly better. 135 kilometres per hour
through the gun. Carlo Janka is third for Switzerland. The Italians
hold on. The top section was absolutely brilliant, and he took a
very different line on the exit there. Quite low, but able to carry
speed and direction out of that hanging right hand turn. Then the
mistake came. Just flew to hide, and landed heavily on the edges on the
flat part of the course. Cost him all of the lead he'd built up on the
top. 36-year-old Frenchman, who has never won a World Cup podium.
Getting towards the end of his career now. He would love to come
away with something in his visit to Kitzbuehel this weekend. The start
is promising for Clarey. A good, high line. Absolutely perfect as he
heads off there. Clarey has the green light. The Italians can sense
the threat from the Frenchman. Clarey travelling beautifully.
Lovely turns there. He's still in front. Look the last -- the last
Frenchman to win here was back in the 90s. It is going to be close.
Clarey Thaksin for the line. He is second. 0.33 behind. Terrific from
him. Brilliant from Johann Clarey. Absolutely great on the top part of
the course. Just on that final finish section didn't quite have the
height to carry the same speed. Great skiing from the Frenchman,
though. Number 24, Valentin Giraud Moine from France. Celebrates his
25th birthday on Monday. At the end of last season he was the runner up
in a downhill in Norway in March. Received a bit of information from
team-mates at the bottom of the mountain on where to watch and where
to attack. This is nice so far from Giraud Moine. He was green at first,
and in intermediate 4 he was quicker. He could cause the biggest
upset of the weekend. He is high on the big Traverse. He takes the final
turn, and he is to hundredths behind. This could be close.
Valentin Giraud Moine of France tucks in. He's a second. He has
missed it by 21 hundredths. Proving that this race is not over, and
Dominik Paris very, very nervously watching on. A great result from the
French. A day to remember for the French team and an Italian called
Paris. For the Austrians, the best of the home team was material Meyer,
who finished in eighth. Former world champion Erik Guay was
the best of the Canadians, finishing in sixth. Paris wins here for the
second time, ahead of the French Valentin Giraud Moine and Johann
Clarey in third. What is it about this course that brings out the best
in Dominik Paris? I pushed it so hard. From the bottom I was pushing
so hard. I'm so happy. The fastest men in the world have been racing
here in Kitzbuehel, and the women's World Cup tour has been in Garmisch
in Germany. We were there. Despite having spent the past two
months regaining use of her right arm. She's made of steel. She comes
back and she doesn't say, I'm back and let's see what happens. That
isn't Lindsey. She says comeback -- she says, I'm here to win. There is
no doubting that on her day, Vonn is a cut above the rest.
COMMENTATOR: Absolutely sensational from Lindsey Vonn. What became clear
in Austria was that, for her time being, she's lost some of the aura
of invincibility. This weekend's downhill here in Garmisch
Partenkirchen is one of the most prestigious events in the women's
downhill calendar. Farm is back to improve on her last 13th place
finish. It is a cause she is fond of. Can she make it three wins in
Garmisch? Or can Lara Gut confirm herself as
her next big rival? Some trees on this downhill course.
Now to the area whose name translates as hell. No mistakes so
far for the Germans. She drifts outside the blue lines. That is the
racing ideal line. Now, get set for the run towards the line. It takes
them into the finish. 116.2 kilometres per hour, as the noise
levels begin to build for the best hope for Germany today. Rebensburg
tucks in for the line in Garmisch. So a tough marker laid down by
Rebensburg proved hard to beat. A gate towards the end of the course
caused problems in training, and again in the race itself. Tina
Weirather struggle to find the line. Lara Gut of Switzerland propels her
stealth out of the start gates, still stabbing with those sharp
ended ski poles, looking for propulsion at the top. 54.82 for
Rebensburg, and Gut is quicker. That is a beautiful turn from 24-year-old
Lara Gut. Nice and sensitive on her edges. Lara Gut has a narrow lead.
This is going to be tight. Rebensburg and the German fans
holding their breath. Lara Gut is skiing beautifully. Gut is getting
quicker now. 120 kilometres per hour through the gun, and she leads by
three tenths of a second. Surely there is nothing that can stop Lara
Gut now? She has the lead in Garmisch. 0.33 in front. Rebensburg
goes second. Lindsey Vonn has her race face on, and pushes out at the
start. An astonishing 76 World Cup victories for Lindsey Vonn. She's
eating up the ground here. The advantage extends to four tenths of
a second, almost. Beautiful turns from Lindsey Vonn. Slightly off the
racing line there, but she was careful not to bring the edges in
too hard. And still leaves. If Lindsey Vonn that stays mistake
free, she will lead the way and possibly even win in Garmisch. On
her second weekend back since the return from injury, that would be
extraordinary. She tucks into the run to home. Can
Vonn win? Oh, yes, she can. Vonn leads the way. 1:43.4 one. Vonn said
before the race she wanted to go full speed and she certainly did
that, to claim her third win in Garmisch. I saw some of the girls go
ahead and I knew it would take a good run to win. I realised that I
had no downhill training and I would take my expectations down a bit. I
was happy with my race but I made a mistake at the end of the flat, and
I knew it could cost us something, and in the end it did. I missed the
1500 over there. I knew it was possible if I believed in my ability
and Canute to look forward, and I did that. I trusted it and I trusted
myself and my team and my equipment, and I wonder. -- Taiwan.
The Italian Stefano Gross was first ski and set impressive time of 53.71
seconds. Felix Nori Reuter skied solidly into second. Henrik
Kristofferson has been in superb form all season, but failed to
finish his first run on this famously unforgiving track. Then it
was the turn of Dave Riding, who is having his best season to date,
wearing number eight -- Ryding. He put in an incredible time, and his
time of 53.42 seconds was unbeatable. Into the second leg,
Marcel Hirscher, raising the bar with a classic second run charge
which led the way, setting the scene for the last man on the Hill. What a
moment for Dave Ryding. Deep breaths. Concentration. Marcel
Hirscher's work is done. He has skied a storming second run. The
last man to ski, and more than a second clear of Hirscher after the
first run. Dave Ryding Great Britain, at the start and away, the
man from the Pendle ski club in Lancashire where he learned to ski
on a dry slope. His lead is still intact. Half a second layer of
Marcel Hirscher. Ryding settling into the pattern of the gates. He
has all of the ruts from the previous racers to deal with, and he
is holding his nerve. The red light is on, and Ryding is behind. Not far
away. 0.24 down. Dave Ryding, approaching the bottom part of the
course, the final intermediate. Still in the hunt for a podium
position. Kitzbuehel is rocking, as Dave Ryding tries to rewrite the
record books. He is second. That is sensational. Ryding has made skiing
history. The first British racer on a World Cup podium since 1981.
Amazing scenes in Kitzbuehel. Marcel Hirscher takes the win, Ryding
second. What a ski from Dave Ryding. You can see more of Dave on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Ski Sunday Extra has live coverage of the famous night
It's loud, it's brash, and it's a race that
Watch it live on the red button, online and on your connected TV.
Billie Morgan is a snowboarder who divides opinion, and he was one of
the greatest in the sport but it does not get him what he deserves.
His journey from Acrobat to Olympic medal contender has not been easy.
But his determination and thick skin combined with incredible natural
talent means he continues to silence his critics.
Oh, goodness. The more times you do a trick, the more you slow down. So
gifted in the air. The ground will pass by, and you get a thrill in
your head. 99.9% of people watching this will say that Billy Morgan is
one of the coolest people in Britain. The first guy who landed a
quad on the snowboard. He goes about rotation, sewing going flat around
the way you go of the axes and upside down, corkscrew rotation.
That means you go up and down four times, that is what the quad bit
means. The combined rotation would be 1800 degrees of spinning. It is
not something you can sniff around and try. You either do it or you
don't. Yes, you can't really have a bit of a go at it. Because you're
going to land on your head. What kind of mental stadium have to be in
to do that? -- mental state. I have already accepted that it goes wrong,
I will break myself, but I try not to think about that because you get
a bit depressed. If you did it, you knew you would the Internet. It is
always crazy to me that there is so much interest in anything I've done.
I've never had that much attention on me. I try to be shy and hide away
from it. The first time you did this with the triple backflip, no one had
heard of you. There was a big outcry on the Internet, almost, how dare
this man do this when we have not heard of him? I think it was just
the video we put out. It was just some English kid jumping off a jump,
and I think people thought it was just ridiculous. Or you want the
cool part of the industry, so it was less legitimate? -- you weren't. I
was never one of the cool kids and I have to deal with it all the time.
It feels like snowboarding and its legion of online trolls have got the
idea of Billy Morgan, and got used to it. I want to be more of a
legitimate snowboarder through the contests I have been doing with the
world's best. They have just got used to me. I have accepted the fact
I am the snowboarder that I am. Talk me through the transition from being
an Acrobat to snowboarding. How did it happen? I just stopped doing
acrobatics when I was 13 and snowboarding filled the space that
it left. I got addicted, I couldn't stop. The idea of saying that
slopestyle is not acrobatic or gymnastic is ridiculous. A lot of
the best guys are training their tricks on trampolines and airbags,
and I didn't have the choice to go skiing when I was younger, I was an
Acrobat. Then I love snowboarding, so that is what I am going to do. I
suppose being British and being an Acrobat, those are two points that
put you on the fringe. The cool snowboarders are the guys who have
grown up and had so much time to perfect the things they are doing,
because they have been snowboarding from such a young age but we come
from a completely different place where we snowboard on plastic. It's
a different sport when you go back and look at it like that. We won't
look like them. Jamie does. He is a beautiful snowboarder to look at,
but the most but it's difficult to get the style because that comes
with having time to freely snowboard.
You are at the vanguard of aerial progression in snowboarding now. How
far can it go? I hate to say it because when I did a triple, summary
said are you going to do a quad, and then we have gone and done it --
somebody said. But I don't really want to go upside down again, I
don't think. Looking forward, the big air is part of the Olympics. You
have got the quad, so surely the plan is to use it? I guess so. Big
air is you turn up and do the biggest and hardest trick you can
do, so hopefully I get to go and do it and I want to. It is scary. You
are in an incredibly elite club. Hamidi people have done quad
corkscrews? -- how many people? Max did one. Marcus did one. So there is
three of you? Somewhere in there is gold, silver and bronze? It depends
what they want to do. I still don't understand the politics and I stay
out of it as much as I can. If they go heavily on the creativity might
not work in my favour. I don't know. Is that the secret to your
happiness? Blocking out all of the online trolls, blocking at the
politics of the sport and getting on with doing what you love doing? Yes,
it's helped me a lot and it's taken me a long time to realise. If I just
go out and do what I've come here to do and enjoy doing it, I will have a
lot more fun. MUSIC - "Windmills Of Your Mind".
Before we leave you, it's time for Ski Social.
And with the dump of fresh snow across Europe, we've been
asked for tips on skiing and snowboarding in powder.
It's time for a practical demonstration.
I don't think I got back quite right. I'll have to go back and do
it again. Just like on a snowboard, on skis, you also don't want to lean
back. Stand with your weight in the centre, even wait between both skis.
I will do that again. The first tip for snowboarders is that the deeper
the snow gets, the further you need to move your bindings back down the
board. This will help keep the nose of the board up and stop you getting
back leg burn. The wider the skis, the greater the flotation. The best
place to learn to ride powder is just off the edge of the piste. You
can get used to riding Surf snow with a bit of safety, because you
can always pop back on. Now, you could do it
like that, or you could do He sent this video
in of him in Japan. To be fair, they've had a silly
amount of snow over the last week. Nicole and Elliot have been
asking for practical info. to know how to keep his feet warm
on the slopes? Firstly go to a professional boot
fitted, don't wear socks that are to fix, and if that doesn't work, gets
boot heaters fitted. You could just take up snowboarding with
comfortable boots. You've also been sending
in your pictures and videos - Among the great vids
of you shredding, we've had Charlotte's dad has been
doing his own course run. Keep sending them in please - just
use the hashtag #SkiSunday. Next week, we have a feast
of racing for you. We're in Cortina for biggest
downhill on the women's world cup. And we'll have highlights
of the night slalom from Schladming. Welcome to Cortina. One of the most
famous places in alpine sport. Really good skiing. The crowd
enjoying themselves. The noise levels are rising. A huge error. The
biggest slalom arena there is. Lindsey Vonn takes yet another win.
Tom Jones, obviously. Winston Churchill.
The programme comes from Kitzbuhel for the men's downhill on the infamous Hahnenkamm. There are also highlights from the women's downhill in Garmisch as well as an interview with Olympic snowboarding medal hopeful Billy Morgan as the Brit continues to push the boundaries in freestyle.