Super-G at Lake Louise – Odermatt’s show of force as Caviezel falls

Super-G at Lake Louise - Odermatt's show of force as Caviezel falls
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Marco Odermatt’s second win of the season at the race in Canada is only a minor affair due to a crash by Mauro Caviezel.

pedestal

  • 1. Marco Odermatt (SUI) 1:32.53
  • 2. Alexandre Amodt Kilde (NOR) +0.37 sec
  • 3. Mathias Mayer (AUT) +0.78

Instant revenge: Just 24 hours after taking third in the downhill from Lake Louise, Marco Odermatt pipped yesterday’s winner Alexandre Amodt Kilde for places in the super-G. Once again, the Norwegian became the biggest test for the overall World Cup winner, only failing to find the ideal line in the final section of the course.

Because Odermatt remained otherwise flawless and, above all, fast, the podium triple for last season’s dominance was a fact after a while after the first three World Cup appearances. Notable: The 25-year-old got every podium position in a different discipline (downhill and super-G at Lake Louise as well as giant slalom at Solden).

Behind Odermatt and Kielde were two Austrians, Matthias Meyer and Vincent Krichmayer. The four strongest drivers from the previous Super-G winter also finished 1–4 in the discipline in the season opener.

Caviezel falls violently

Odermatt’s victory was overshadowed by a serious fall by Mauro Caviezel. In the second race, almost two years after injury, the man from Graubunden touched a gate post and unfortunately slipped and fell on his head.

After anxious minutes, the upright and conscious images of Caviezel before being taken away by helicopter provided a collective breath of fresh air. According to a preliminary diagnosis, in addition to cuts on his face, Caviezel also suffered injuries when he fell. Swiss-Ski announced on Monday morning that the 34-year-old would fly back to Switzerland on Monday for further tests.

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second swiss

  • 9. Stephen Rogentin +1.31
  • 22. Niels Hintermann +1.71
  • 33. Loic Maillard +2.33
  • 38. Gino Caviezel +2.50
  • 40. Fuze beat +2.70
  • 45. Justin Muricier +3.34
  • Dropped: Mauro Caviezel

With the exception of Odermatt, most of the Swiss fell well short of expectations in the second race in the province of Alberta. Only Stephen Rosentin should be satisfied with his performance. The 28-year-old started 9th with starting number 7 and missed his best result in Super-G – 5th from last year at Groden – by only 15 hundredths.

After a 5th-place finish in the downhill, Beat Fuse had to settle for 40th place and no points after a caution run. Most recently, the Shanghai native was classified worse in the World Cup in 2010 (42nd in the Lauberhorn downhill). Füz was steadily losing time and after a little over a minute and a half of driving, was 2.7 seconds behind his Nidwalden team-mate.

Von Appen surprised everyone

Heinrich von Appen of Chile provided a premiere. With a starting number of 41, the South American finished a strong 18th – at the same time as veteran Dominic Paris. The exploit brought the first World Cup points for the 27-year-old.

future schedule

For speed experts, the next serious battle is already next Friday. Then they start a downhill run in Beaver Creek, USA. Another downhill run takes place on Saturday in Colorado, before the super-G weekend ends on Sunday.

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