Beaver Creek/Lake Lewis (DPA) – Dominic Schweiger at Beaver Creek’s starting home had more than just slope in his sights – and regretfully conceded his good eleventh place in the Downhill World Cup.
“Unfortunately it’s eight o’clock,” said the 30-year-old from Königssee. He missed out on the desired eighth place by 0.15 seconds, thus earning direct qualification for the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Because Super-G fell victim to a strong wind on Sunday, the next opportunity will come in Val Gardena in just two weeks.
Eleventh on the “Birds of Prey” slope in the US state of Colorado, however, she also achieved half the standard on Saturday. To qualify for the Winter Games, German athletes must finish in the top eight or top 15 of the World Cup season twice.
go one step further
Kira Weidle is already a step ahead. With a No. 1 start, the Sternberg-born racer finished seventh at the World Cup in Lake Louise, Canada on Saturday and qualified for Beijing in the second downhill race of the season after being disappointed with 10th place the day before. . It was a “solid start to the season” with some good points in the bag, she wrote on Instagram.
The World Cup runners-up had hoped for an even better place from the start, but ultimately gambled away a bit. “We were expecting a little more snow to be even better in the beginning. But one thing’s for sure is always the lottery,” said the 25-year-old. She was not satisfied with her 25th place in the Super-G at the end of Sunday.
Gogia with the perfect weekend
The only speed specialist on the German Ski Association (DSV) team with a level of top placement, however, like all competitors, could not hold a candle to the excellent Sofia Gogia. The Italian won both the downhill run and the Super-G on Sunday – only Lindsey Vonn had previously managed a perfect weekend at Lake Louise.
The 29-year-old Gogia, who was the best downhill skier at the World Cup last season, won each downhill ahead of American Breezy Johnson. The second place in the Super-G went to Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland.
Norwegian Alexander Aamodt Kilde also celebrated a double victory at Beaver Creek. A day after the breakthrough in the Super-G, the 2020 overall World Cup winner overtook Austrian Mathias Meyer by 0.66 seconds in second. Switzerland’s Beat Fuse finished third by 1.01 seconds.
Andreas Sander just finished in the top 20. World Cup runner-up from Anipetal was 1.88 seconds slower than winner Kilde. World Cup runners-up Romed Baumann finished 23rd and Josef Fürstle 26th. The next thing to wait in South Tyrol is a Super-G on December 17th and a downhill run the next day.
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