Skinny on the three races from Val Gardena:
-The Super G result is meaningless. It was really windy. Anyone outside the first six or seven starters had no chance, until later in the race when the wind died down. Some high bib numbers (40's, 50s) put up good results.
-The downhill, my favorite course, looked a little less bouncy than usual, but still a fun race. In a reverse of form, Svindall suddenly looks wooden and Walcholfer looks five years younger. Weird. Bode is fine. He's been fast all year, except for the week or so around his crash. I thought Nyman looked a lot better than I've seen him for a while too. The Canadians are skiing very well and it's nice to see Guay returning to form after a so-so season last year.
-The Swiss are so strong now, with Cuche, Albrecht and Janka (where the f did this guy come from)? Watch out for Marcel Hirscher, who's even younger than Janka.
-Looks to me like this will be one of those seasons where five or six skiers score a lot of points, so the overall points total could be on the low side. Svindall, Janka, Cuche, Raich, Albrecht and Bode all look like contenders. But unlike what I thought after Beaver Creek, when it looked like Svindall was going to run away with the Cup, now it appears to be more a back and forth season, and some racers are no doubt thinking about the Worlds (the Norwegians are famous for this approach).