Numerical Oddities

Maybe it’s the boredom of the offseason, but I sometimes just find myself noodling around in results data looking for anything strange. One random question that occurred to me a while ago was whether anyone had managed to finish in every single place (1st, 2nd,…,30th) in the points, over the course of their WC racing. Why is this interesting? Maybe it isn’t, who knows…

If we consider sprinting and distance separately, I was surprised to find thirteen different skiers who have finished at every position between 1st and 30th at least once. (The usual caveats apply about my results only going back to ~1992, so skiers who were finishing their career in the early 90’s are likely to be overlooked.)

Name Gender Nation
DI CENTA Giorgio Men ITA
FREDRIKSSON Mathias Men SWE
KUENZEL-NYSTAD Claudia Women GER
LEGKOV Alexander Men RUS
MAJDIC Petra Women SLO
PARUZZI Gabriella Women ITA
PILLER COTTRER Pietro Men ITA
SACHENBACHER-STEHLE Evi Women GER
SAVIALOVA Olga Women RUS
SHEVCHENKO Valentina Women UKR
SOMMERFELDT Rene Men GER
VALBUSA Sabina Women ITA
VITTOZ Vincent Men FRA

 

Four of them are Italians! Weird. Two other curiosities here are that Mathias Fredriksson has actually doubled up on this feat: he’s finished at every position between 1st and 30th at least twice! The other oddity is that most of these folks took around 100 races (or more) to collect all thirty, except for Alexander Legkov who did it in only 78 races. He might have the best shot at matching Fredriksson’s achievement of doubling up, but only if he doesn’t race too fast and collect too many results near the top!

I figured there would be fewer people who’ve collected all thirty in sprint races, but in fact there are none! The most anyone’s managed is 27, and you’ll never guess who’d tied for the lead:

Name Gender Nation Number
NEWELL Andrew Men USA 27
PASINI Renato Men ITA 27
GENUIN Magda Women ITA 26
SACHENBACHER-STEHLE Evi Women GER 26
ANDERSSON Lina Women SWE 25
DAHL John Kristian Men NOR 25
FABJAN Vesna Women SLO 25
FOLLIS Arianna Women ITA 25
HENKEL Manuela Women GER 25
KOWALCZYK Justyna Women POL 25

 

Our very own Andrew Newell! Tied with Renato Pasini; again the Italians pop up a bunch. For the complete set, Newell still needs to collect a 30th, 20th and the big one, a victory. Pasini’s road isn’t much easier, as he’s missing a 2nd, 6th and 19th.

I don’t know why I find this kind of fascinating, but I do. I’ll be sure to keep you updated as other skiers acquire the complete set.

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  1. Christopher Tassava says:

    Bizarre and awesome.

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