Defending champion Alexis Pinturault made a clear announcement to the competition with start number five in 1: 20.03 minutes. “He didn’t make a single mistaket. “, enthused ARD winter sports expert Felix Neureuther about the perfect run of the French. The noble technician could already celebrate bronze in the Super-G. Now he reaches for gold after a soulful drive.
Only the Canadian James Crawford was faster, who with starting number 32 stole the best time by eight hundredths. Crawford will go into slalom with start number one.
Double world champion Kriechmayr third in Super-G
Double world champions Vincent Kriechmayr and Matthias Mayer hoped for their chance as strong Super G drivers. In order to keep up with Pinturault in the slalom, however, they would have to gain at least a second advantage, explained Neureuther. Kriechmayr was 0.22 seconds, Mayer 0.24 seconds slower than Pinturault. “A little miracle has to happen“believes Neureuther.
The men drove the same route as the women before. “Few gliding passages, curve on curve“That was difficult for the speed specialists, explained Neureuther.” The super-G is too easy.”
Black ahead of Meillard on course for medals
As the biggest competitor, however, Marco Schwarz positioned himself behind his Austrian team-mates. His 0.32 seconds behind the French promise a close final. “Against a Marco Schwarz, you have to risk everything“says Neureuther with a view to Pinturault’s narrow lead.
One of the favorites for a medal is Loic Meillard (6th), who made a good run to the finish line. The Swiss is 0.35 seconds behind the top favorite in the slalom. The Swiss Luca Aerni should also not be underestimated. The combined world champion in St. Moritz 2017 also made a challenge as the seventh fastest.
Jocher in the Top Ten
Simon Jocher, the only German starter, moved up to ninth with a strong drive. He is only 0.36 seconds short of the podium. The slalom will show how far the 24-year-old speed specialist can keep up.
Stand: 15.02.2021, 12:35