Speed ​​rider in Olympic form: “I had nothing on my mind”

“We Germans can already ski a bit,” said Josef Ferstl and had to smile a bit at his knowledge of the Wengen Super-G. Ferstl took sixth place on Thursday, 0.86 seconds behind the Swiss winner of the day Marco Odermatt – and he wasn’t even the best of his team. Because Romed Baumann came a quarter of a second faster from the mountain to the valley and finished fourth.

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Baumann confessed that he “felt at home all along the route”: “I got into driving really cool.” And with that, one day before his 36th birthday, the veteran proved for the first time in a long time that his silver medal was in the Super-G at the 2021 World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo was more than a late glow of its great potential. After the “cautious start to the season”, as Baumann himself diplomatically expressed after two failures and ranks 20 and 26 in his specialty discipline, his performance in the replacement race for the Super-G, which had failed twice in Lake Louise and Bormio, was “good for me Self-confidence ”.

His mood would have been even better if he had made it through the finish line at full risk, “then it would have been enough for the podium,” as Baumann himself recognized. A short crossover in this late key passage certainly cost him more than the three hundredths that separated him from third place in the final bill.

Ferstl, on the other hand, declared his “good sixth place” with the fact that he had managed to “go fully on the attack”. After two years that were difficult for him personally, in which “always some crap” blocked him, as he described his many small injuries, this time he was able to switch off perfectly on the track: “I didn’t have anything on my mind,” he said in a wonderfully blunt way Wise.

Dreßen is missing this season

With the two top results, the German speed drivers once again showed that they can be expected in the fast disciplines, even if the “bang” demanded by head coach Christian Schwaiger was once again missing – namely the place on the podium. In the current season Andreas Sander had already finished fourth in the Super-G of Beaver Creek, Dominik Schwaiger had finished fifth in the downhill from Bormio. Baumann himself was sixth in the schuss run in Lake Louise and Simon Jocher was eighth in downhill in Val Gardena.

In total, five German athletes have already qualified in the fast disciplines for the Olympic Games in Beijing (February 4th to 20th) – even though Thomas Dreßen, the nominally best man after hip and knee surgery, is out this season and has just started training in the snow again.

Schwaiger is likely to be confronted with the unusual luxury situation in far-off China of having to do elimination runs before the two medal races on the course in Yanqing, as is otherwise only known from the Austrians, where more than the four downhill runners per nation are entitled to compete argue for the coveted Olympic places.

In the meantime, the top stars of the scene from the classic winning nations of the ski world cavorted on the podium in Wengen. Odermatt, Switzerland’s leader in the overall World Cup, won the 2683-meter-long route beneath the majestic mountain backdrop of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau and managed the 603 meter difference in altitude in a smooth 1:29 minutes.

The young all-rounder was 0.23 seconds faster than the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who had won the last three Super-Gs and thus narrowly failed to set the winning streak record in the Super-G from alpine legend Hermann Maier (Austria ). Another Mayer from Austria, with a “y” and first name Matthias – and he is the current Olympic champion in the Super-G, took third place.

After his victory in the giant slalom in Adelboden, local hero Odermatt managed to triumph on a prestigious Swiss course for the second time within a week. Even if it was only a Super-G on the legendary Lauberhorn Downhill this time, the first since 1994, by the way, he builds up enormous expectations before the Olympics, which he gallantly keeps away from himself with his cheerful disposition. “I hit the key passages well,” he said, saying that he was “surprised” by his victory.

Before the two World Cup descents on Friday and Saturday, Ferstl again confidently announced: “I can do a lot”, and January is traditionally the month in which he is best able to show this. Baumann, on the other hand, looked ahead to February and, with a look at the list of results, explained tellingly that maybe he had saved the “hundredths of luck” for a more important race.

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