FEB 08, 2017
First competition, first medal - the Redster Unit is celebrating the start of the 44th Alpine Ski World Championship. Tina Weirather, who has been the Atomic crowd puller for years in the speed disciplines, won her first medal at a major event in St. Moritz with silver in the Super-G.
Before the eyes of her parents, Hanni and Harti, who had become World Champion exactly 35 years ago, Tina Weirather managed to take the lead with bib number 5 but wasn’t entirely satisfied with her run. "I made two small mistakes. I can go faster." But only 33 hundredths. At the end of her fifth World Championship, twelve years after the debut in Bormio, it was sufficient for the silver medal – Liechtenstein’s eleventh Alpine medal in skiing history, the first since Marco Büchel 1999.
VICE WORLD CHAMPION TINA: HER MERIT AS A "DEVELOPMENT AID"
A historic day - Tina had broken her wrist joint at the Giant Slalom in Kronplatz two weeks ago. "The hands are needed for skiing, but not so badly", the vice world champion grinned in the goal. Service man Rudi Berger was also beaming all over his face. "The material has worked very well," says Atomic Race Director Christian Höflehner, who praises his Speed poster child: "Tina is not only our main driving force but also our material developer for the Speed range. Three or four years ago, she was our only top 20 athlete in this discipline, today we have four. This is also her merit. It’s possible that she will realize something in St. Moritz. She appears to be really relaxed"
With Stephanie Venier, another Redster pilot showed her class, two major mistakes caused her to only achieve rank 7. Christian Höflehner: "She did everything right and fully attacked. Unfortunately, it didn’t work in two bends." Sofia Goggia, who has been in the lead for the last time, had to settle for 10th place. "I was nervous for the first time this season, but I will learn from this experience for my future tasks."
The 44th Alpine Ski World Championship will continue on Wednesday with the men's Super-G.