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Friday, 05 March 2004
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Skiing on 4 this weekend looks at the colossal battle for the men's overall title.

It's a clash between the power, precision and sheer strength of Herman Maier and the maverick talent of Bode Miller. With just a mere 8 points between them it is the closest battle in years. We head to Lillehammer's Olympic piste for a Downhill and a Super G let battle commence.

Friday's show as ever takes a look at the best of the action from the past week, which came from Kransja Gora in Slovenia. Alain Baxter was looking to get his season back on track as he went in the Slalom. Bode Miller was looking to close the gap on Maier in the thrilling race for the Overall title. In the Women's Overall Anja Paerson had an opportunity to take a huge lead over Renate Gotschl but could she take it?

Saturday Nick and Konrad Bartelski will be in Lillehammer, bringing us a preview of what should be a spectacular weekend's action. While rumours persist that Stephan Eberharter will hang up his skies at the end of the season, we get him talking on the golf course. He has the Downhill title pretty much sown-up, only 2 non-finishes from him and 2 wins from Maier could leave any reason for doubt. For Bode Miller, he needs to repeat the '94 victory of his compatriot, Tommy Moe, who lifted Olympic Gold here, for Miller to become the first American skier in 21 year to win a World Cup Overall Title. The Women's World Cup is in Levi, Finland for two Slaloms. We look at the best of the action. Meanwhile, Zoe Gillings is proving that at just 18 years old, she can take on the best, most battle hardened Women Boardercross riders in the world. Zoe's latest action comes from Joetsu in Japan. We also look at her progress, from first steps on ski's to competing against the worlds best with some rare archive footage in a profile of her career so far.

Sunday The Olympic Downhill piste in Lillehammer has been the scene of some great moments and this years competition looks like adding to its roll call, in this the penultimate Downhill of the season. Finlay Mickel has had an in and out season and he would be delighted to put in a good performance here.

Wednesday night sees the last standalone snowboard show of the year. We again head to Joetsu in Japan for a full run down of the men's and women's World Cup events, including Boardercross and Half Pipe action. Expect plenty more from Zoe Gillings. Also Kari Traa and Jennifer Heil continue their season long battle for supremacy in women's Moguls, which looks like going right to the wire. In the men's Moguls Finland's' Janne Lahtela, who has 4 victories to his name this season and is leading the standings, is coming under pressure from the American duo of Toby Dawson and Jeremy Bloom. Bloom has been responsible for some of the season best face plants, which makes it surprising that he is still in with a shout. The action comes from Spindleruv in the Czech Republic. We also look at the Parallel Slalom.

Thursday is also the final standalone Nordic show of the year and we head to Salt Lake City for Ski Jumping. Leading the series is Poland's Adam Malycz, who sports a Biggles style tache. Will it keep him airborne though? To complete proceedings we travel to Oslo for Cross Country and Nordic Combined action.

This weeks' competition offers a week for 2 in Lillehammer half-board in a 4 star Hotel, including flights and transfers.

Timings correct as of 25/02/04.

Friday 5th 02:15 The full Alpine round up

Saturday 6th 07:00am
A look forward to Lillehamer and a look at Zoe Gillings

Sunday 7th 08:00am
The Men's Downhill

Wednesday 10th 02:00am
Zoe Gillings in Boardercross action plus Aerials and Parallel Slalom

Thursday 11 th 01:30am
The Latest from the Nordic World Cup

Friday 12 th 01:30am
The full round up

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