Ski. Red-white-red jubilation over Marco Schwarz, the first ÖSV slalom winner since Marcel Hirscher. But trouble also spread in Adelboden.
Adelboden. Marco Schwarz had once been announced as the crown prince of the skiing nation, after all, the Carinthian was the ÖSV athlete who, with his facilities, special disciplines and results, had come closest to the super-figure Marcel Hirscher. The first winter after Hirscher’s departure turned into a comeback season for Schwarz after a cruciate ligament rupture. But now the 25-year-old is picking up where Hirscher left off. Schwarz won the Adelboden slalom on Sunday and ended a long red-white-red dry spell, as ex-colleague Hirscher last won this discipline in January 2019 in Schladming. “To finally win a slalom is nice for the whole team – of course, even more so for me,” said Schwarz.
For the man from Radenthein, after a city event in Oslo and a combination in Wengen, it was the third World Cup victory and at the same time the most emotional. In the slalom, Schwarz had already achieved seven podium places. “The skiing fits, the material works,” said the new overall slalom leader after his advance from fourth half-time position.
“Dangerous to life”
While the demanding Chuenisbärgli is the preferred place for Schwarz – he made his podium comeback here after a cruciate ligament rupture last year – numerous top athletes have left the Bernese Oberland with serious injuries.
The US American Tommy Ford, who had remained motionless on the edge of the finish slope after a terrible fall in the second giant slalom on Saturday, only got the first good news after anxious hours. “Tommy Ford’s head and neck injuries are not severe and are developing well. He still has a knee injury that is being investigated further, ”said the US Ski Association.
But the collective sigh of relief mixed up with anger that such serious accidents occurred in the two giant slalom runs. On the first day of the race, Norwegian youngsters Lucas Braathen and Atle Lie McGrath sustained knee injuries and their World Championship season ended prematurely. Nobody at Ford expects a comeback this winter either.
The Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen even spoke of a “completely headless” course setting on TV2. He criticized the fact that the drivers were therefore extremely fast, and that in such a steep section as the notorious final slope of Adelboden. “If the snow is so aggressive, it is life-threatening,” said Kristoffersen. “That’s a real shame because it’s unnecessary.” The giant slalom could be renamed Super-G, he complained.
The experienced Ford is also likely to have lost consciousness in the impact on the head. When, after almost half an hour of treatment at the scene of the accident, he was placed in a rescue sled and then flown away by a helicopter, he was able to talk to helpers, as the US team announced. Marco Schwarz’s victory premiere in slalom and the two giant slalom demonstrations by French overall World Cup leader Alexis Pinturault faded into the background. (Joe)
1. Marco Schwarz (AUT) 1: 52.69 min.
2. Linus Straßer (GER) +0.14 sec.
3. David Ryding (GBR) +0,15
Furthermore: 4. Michael Matt (AUT) +0.17 5. Loïc Meillard (SUI) +0.19 6. Tanguy Nef (SUI) +0,23 7. Daniel Yule (SUI) +0,29 8. Clément Noël (FRA) +0.38 9. Sebastian Foss-Solevåg (NOR) +0.41 10. Alexander Choroschilow (RUS) +0.51 11. Adrian Pertl (AUT) +0.71 12. Christian Hirschbühl (AUT) +0.82.
Eliminated in the 1st round: including Manuel Feller (AUT).
Wengen: The World Ski Association (FIS) has confirmed that the Lauberhorn races will be held (from Friday). Due to high corona numbers in Wengen, there was a cancellation in the room.
(“Die Presse”, print edition, January 11th, 2021)