With gold in the Super G, Vincent Kriechmayr let go of the pressure on the Austrian ski team in the first World Championship race. In the downhill he, Matthias Mayer and Co – the line-up was not yet fixed by the coaches on Friday, but these two are fixed starters, and Max Franz should also have his place – can now add. “But no matter what happens, I’ll leave Cortina with a laugh,” says Kriechmayr, before the absolute highlight for the speed drivers comes on Sunday (11 am).
The first training session on Friday did not allow any real conclusions, the extremely twisting, Super-G or, in some passages, even giant slalom-like course setting aroused the minds. Quite a few drivers like the fastest in training Dominik Paris missed goals and mocked the course setting – which is now to be changed. The organizers declared that they had deliberately exercised caution in order to avoid excessively high speed and thus falls. “Our philosophy was to choose a very safe path. That was the plan. It was difficult to assess. We will open a few gates, tomorrow it will be perfect and more fun”, promised FIS chief race director Markus Waldner.
World Cup program on the weekend
Saturday 11 a.m.
ÖSV-Team: Tamara Tippler, Christine Scheyer, Ramona Siebenhofer, Mirjam Pucher
Sunday, 11 a.m .:
ÖSV team not yet fixed at the time of going to press.
Mayer, in turn, took the course setters around the former Austrian world champion Hannes Trinkl under protection. “It’s up to you, but it’s still being implemented. We now have an athlete group, yesterday the Americans had a discussion that they should take it slowly over the jump, that’s exactly what happened today,” said the two-time Olympic champion.
Either way, that the strong drivers prevail was also shown in the Super G – where there were similar discussions. With Kriechmayr and Lara Gut-Behrami in the women’s category, there were favorites wins in the opening discipline. On the descent the starting position is a bit more complex; Especially with the women after the failure of the dominant Italian Sofia Goggia this year everything is open.
The training runs on Friday, in which Tamara Tippler and Mirjam Puchner and Gut-Behrami finished in the top three in both races, gave the Austrians cause for hope. Ramona Siebenhofer was also strong in fourth and Christine Scheyer in ninth in the second – longer – training session. This quartet will go hunting for medals for Austria on Saturday. After the disappointment from the Super G, when she only finished seventh as a precious metal contender, Tippler said she was “not giving up” and was “still with the faster ones”; Siebenhofer celebrated her only two World Cup victories so far in Cortina in 2018/19. “Old love doesn’t rust,” she said.
Once she left Cortina with a laugh too.(art / what)