JAN 15, 2018
A sensational start and a fantastic happy end. This is the brief summary of the Alpine racing weekend from a Redster point of view. Whilst Sofia Goggia left her competitors behind her with a real test of courage in the downhill in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Peter Fill secured his 1st Crystal Globe of the winter in combined second on the Lauberhorn. And Marcel Hirscher is still unbeaten after five weeks after his 1st win in the giant slalom on the Lauberhorn.
For the first time this Olympic winter the top slalom athletes encountered icy conditions. For Marcel this was a rare pleasure. But one that he mastered successfully. 93 hundredths in the lead, twice the fastest time for the run, the fastest in five out of eight sections. Remarkable: with his fifth slalom win in succession the World Cup leader (now 174 points in the lead and exactly one more point than a year ago) won on the same skis as previously in soft snow conditions in Zagreb or Adelboden. The only difference: better edge grip thanks to different preparation. “Nowadays everything is much simpler and easier. The set up works really well. But this doesn’t mean that I’m not unbeatable”, Marcel summarised his performance in Wengen, which now means he’s very close to Hermann Maier’s record (54:53 World Cup wins).
“Even when Marcel attacks, it all looks incredibly easy, harmonious and almost relaxed.”
PETER MANAGED THE CRYSTAL GLOBE HAT-TRICK. EVERYTHING IS ALSO GOING WELL FOR SOFIA.
Two days earlier Peter Fill managed to secure the first Crystal Globe of the winter for Atomic. After a 3rd place in the combined in Bormio, a second place was enough for the World Cup win in this discipline. The Globe looks just as beautiful as the others. And I don’t have to tell my kids that I only won it with two races”, the 35 year old South Tyrolean joked about the unexpected booty.
“There aren’t many athletes who collect three World Cup Globes in three seasons. This alone proves Peter’s great quality as a racer.”
Bad Kleinkirchheim was also a witness to the great Sofia Goggia show again. The 25 year old Italian girl defied the rough Franz Klammer slope with moderate visibility and won the test of courage in only 64 seconds, with a mighty lead of 1.10 seconds. “I was fed up with runs where there was no decisive lead. This is why I pushed the skis from the start to finish in true Goggia attacking style.” Sofia’s courage to take risks was rewarded with her 1st win of the season and the third in her career.
“Sofia is often criticised for her mistakes. But it’s this passion, this willingness to take risks; this is what makes her stand out and what we want to see from her. Perhaps she messes up one race because of this, but wins the next one instead.”
The next classic races will take place this coming weekend in Cortina with two downhill races and one super-G (with Mikaela Shiffrin) from Friday and in Kitzbühel the super-G, downhill and slalom are waiting for the ski fans.