Alpine Skiing – Switzerland, as the defending champions, missed out on a medal in the team competition at the World Cup in Cortina D’Ampezzo. Wendy Holdner, Camille Rast, Shimel Bissig and Sandro Simonet finished 4th.
The slope was to be seen. After all the discussions, the anger and frustration that many drivers showed the day before the premiere of the individual parallel races at a World Championship, two courses for the team competition were under special observation.
The loss in one, the blue course, was no longer so great. However, there was no question of equal opportunities on Wednesday. The team competition, which is still fighting for unrestricted acceptance 16 years after its inclusion in the World Cup schedule, has not been able to make any new friends – and certainly not to silence critics.
The new form, a central thing away from parallel slalom that is similar to giant slalom, was not convincing. The reference to special conditions along the base is softened by high temperatures that do not supersede the depletion.
Without the biggest trump card
At the Swiss-ski camp, they were not angry about the red and blue slope or the green and blue about the lack of fairness. The lack of understanding of the situation can only be heard between the lines of most people directly affected.
The change in the system of team competition in the Swiss team could have been resented, as the decision for the parallel giant slalom was also one against Ramon Zuhusern and Daniel Yule. With Zen homes, who were a bank on the men’s side and three years ago leading the team to Olympic gold and twelve months later to the world title, Switzerland lost their biggest guarantee of success.
In the final major events, only Wendy Holdner remained the successful contender. Schweizerin also won her (three) doubles pairing at the Cortina D’Ampezzo and extended her streak to 14 events in team competitions. The last defeat he had to concede was in the World Cup final nearly three years ago against The Swept Freida Hansdotter.
Without a hundredth of luck
But Wendy Holdner’s accomplishments were simply insufficient to successfully defend the title or podium place, as it was also the unaffected Shamil Bisg’s three trips. All three rounds followed the same pattern for the Swiss. It was 2–2 after the win – also because the losses were too good for Sandro Simon and Camille Rast on the debatable blue course.
So according to the passage three times, according to which in the event of a tie after the win, the better individual time overall was to be decisive according to gender. In the quarter-finals against Canada, the Swiss were better in this regard, in the semi-finals and in the battle for third place, with future world champions Norway and Germany happiest with a difference of two and twelve hundredths respectively.
Norway won the final with a 3–1 win against Sweden and thus won the first medal in the World Cup team competition.