Chamonix (DPA) – Linus Strauer looked incredible, with Kira Weidle already thinking of more rigorous methods. Two German ski racers messed up the first half of their Alpine weekend and thus only one race each to really get themselves in for the upcoming World Cup.
“That wasn’t what I imagined,” called Wadley after finishing 23rd in Vermid-Partenkirchen’s Super-G. Starnberger, who is strong in descent, is still seeking sloppiness and form in the second-fastest discipline. What can help “Probably a schnapps at the beginning,” he said flatly.
Weidle was 2.15 seconds shorter than the currently outstanding Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami, who recently won three Super-GS in succession and took four podium places in all disciplines in the eight-day run. In second place was Norwegian Kajsa Vikhoff Lai (+0.68 seconds), also ahead of Canada’s Marie-Michel Gagan (+0.93). Anna Schillinger, just 19 years old from Rainsburg, was the second German starter to finish 42nd after making her World Cup debut.
Wedley had suffered a dam on Kandahar, as it had already deteriorated before the start, which was actually planned, was canceled this week due to bad weather and was replaced by Super-G . And she doesn’t feel comfortable there. “When it comes to skiing, it’s very stable, not active. I can’t use all my technology, I’m hesitant in my head,” he said. “We’re looking for solutions, I already have one or two approaches. I also talked to Vicky again. “Victoria Rebensburg has missed badly after retirement in the German speed team.
Weidel can show on Sunday that long-time successful driver advice helps when the Garmisk has a second Super-G (11.00 pm / ARD and Eurosport). “The original pace is right”, the 24-year-old recognized – now it’s a matter of “just avoiding these mistakes”.
Linus Strower also knows he can be fast. The 17th position in the Chamonix slalom does not reflect his ability. However, he tried to do something positive out of the race. After the previous two failures, he was primarily concerned with “getting a run to the finish”, as he told ARD.
“In the first one it was a little less, just not enough. And in another it was perfect. “Psychologically, it is always very difficult for slalom riders to turn downward. The 28-year-old admitted, “You have to be careful with something like this.”
The difference was not so dramatic for the winner Clement Noel: Strasser was 1.54 seconds slower than the French local hero. Swiss Ramon Zuhusern (+0.16) came in second place ahead of Austrian Marco Schwarz (+0.19).
After winning their first half of January with a win at Zagreb and finishing second at Adelboden, slalom specialist Stroer would like to believe again on Sunday (9.30am / 12.30pm / ARD and Eurosport). It is a good week before the World Championships, which begin later in Cortina D’Mazpezzo, Italy. Stroyer does not want to be nervous. “There is still a long time before the World Cup,” he said.
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