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Sochi Form Guide and Predictions: Alpine Skiing

We complete our sport-by-sport guide to who is in form and who to look out for in Sochi with Alpine Skiing.

Competition Schedule (all times GMT) / Infostrada Predicted Medallists

09 February - 07:00 - Men's Downhill

1. Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway), 2. Klaus Kroll (Austria), 3. Dominik Paris (Italy)

10 February - 07:00/11:00 - Women's Super Combined

1. Maria Höfl-Riesch (Germany), 2. Tina Maze (Slovenia), 3. Nicole Hosp (Austria)

12 February - 07:00 - Women's Downhill

1. Maria Höfl-Riesch (Germany), 2. Tina Maze (Slovenia), 3. Elisabeth Gorgl (Austria)

14 February - 07:00/11:30 - Men's Super Combined

1. Ted Ligety (USA), 2. Alexis Pinturault (France), 3. Ivica Kostelic (Croatia)

15 February - 07:00 - Women's Super G

1. Tina Maze (Slovenia), 2. Lara Gut (Switzerland), 3. Tina Weirather (Liechtenstein)

16 February - 07:00 - Men's Super G

1. Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway), 2. Ted Ligety (USA), 3. Christof Innerhofer (Italy)

18 February - 07:00/10:30 - Women's Giant Slalom

1. Tina Maze (Slovenia), 2. Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany), 3. Anna Fenninger (Austria)

19 February - 07:00/10:30 - Men's Giant Slalom

1. Ted Ligety (USA), 2. Marcel Hirscher (Austria), 3. Alexis Pinturault (France)

21 February - 12:45/15:00 - Women's Slalom

1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), 2. Marlies Schild (Austria), 3. Frida Hansdotter (Sweden)

22 February - 12:45/16:15 - Men's Slalom

1. Marcel Hirscher (Austria), 2. Felix Neureuther (Germany), 3. Ivica Kostelic (Croatia)

Form Guide

Downhill - World champion, defending World Cup champion and this season's discipline leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway will start as men's favourite. Injury has robbed the Games of reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn of the United States so German double Olympic champion Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who has won three World Cup downhills this season, should add to her medal collection.

Super-G - Defending champion Svindal is also top dog in the Super-G having won four World Cup crowns in the discipline and he leads the standings again this season. Swiss Laura Gut has won three of the five World Cup races this season after finishing second in the Worlds last term.

Giant Slalom - American Ted Ligety and Marcel Hirscher have won all but one World Cup race this season and were also the 1-2 in the Worlds with the American edging the Austrian. France's Tessa Worley will miss the Olympics after suffering a torn ACL and with the world champion missing, the women's event is wide open with five different World Cup winners this term.

Slalom - The men's gold is billed as a head-to-head between defending World champion, Crystal Globe holder and World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher and German Felix Neureuther who was second behind the Austrian in Schladming and who has won three of the last eight World Cup races. American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin, the world and World Cup champion, has won eight of her last 14 top level races.

Super Combined - No World Cup races in the same format as the Olympic event offer few clues but world champion Ligety won in Wengen when the downhill concluded the race and was second in Kitzbuehel when a Super-G replaced the downhill. Hoefl-Riesch is the defending world and Olympic champion.

Outsiders

Downhill - Erik Guay, the 2011 World Champion from Canada, Dominik Paris, the Italian who was second to Svindal at last year's Worlds, Hannes Reichelt (Austria) and Patrick Kueng (Switzerland) have won World Cup downhills this season. Slovenian Tina Maze, the 2013 overall World Cup champion, Gut and fellow Swiss Marianne Abderhalden plus Austrian veteran Elisabeth Goergl have topped the podium in World Cup downhills on the women's side in 2013/14.

Super-G - Swiss duo Patrick Kueng and Didier Defago have topped the podium in the World Cup this season while Ligety took the world title in Schladming last year. Goergl and Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein have topped the podium in women's World Cup races but it was Maze who won the 2013 world title.

Giant Slalom - Neureuther has topped the World Cup podium this campaign while Italian Manfred Moelgg took bronze in the Worlds and France's Alexis Pinturealt has been on the podium on three occasions this season. Gut plus Anna Fenninger, Weirather and Swede Jessica Lindell-Vikarby have won World Cup races. Austrian Fenninger finished behind Worley and Maze in Schladming.

Slalom - Pinturealt won the last World Cup race while Henrik Kristoffersen (Norway) and Marco Matt (Austria) have also topped the men's podium. Austrian veteran Marlies Schild has two World Cup wins this season as has Frida Hansdotter - the Swede third in the Worlds in 2013.

Super Combined - Pinturault has been second and first in those World Cup races while Ivica Kostelic and Austrian Romed Baumann took the medals in Schladming. The Croat has won silver in this event at the last two Games. Maze has won silver at the last two Worlds, behind Fenninger in 2011 while this season's only World Cup event was won by Canadian Marie Michele Gagnon although a Super-G replaced a downhill in Altenmarkt.

History Says

Previously unheralded racers Leonard Stock, Bill Johnson and Antoine Deneriaz all stunned the world by winning Olympic golds since 1980. Of the 49 men's downhill medals awarded to date, 44 have gone to Europeans - 16 to Austria and 11 to Switzerland.

Predicted Flops

Bode Miller, the most successful American male skier of all time, will be back for a fifth Winter Games at the age of 36. He took last season off and after a promising start to the Super-G campaign, has failed to finish higher than eighth in his last 13 World Cup races. Compatriot Julia Mancuso, the 2006 giant slalom champion and 2010 downhill and combined silver medallist, has not finished higher than seventh in a World Cup race this season.

British Hopes

After a succession of injuries, Chemmy Alcott is fit for her fourth Games. She has four top-15 finishes in the past and took World Cup points in the Super-G on her last start in Cortina. David Ryding will look to improve on his 27th place in the slalom in Vancouver.

Don't Forget

Unlike in the World Championships, there is no team event in the Olympics while the Super Combined, unlike some World Cup races, always concludes with the slalom.