“Always difficult with him! Hirscher was a curse and a blessing” – winter sports


Philipp Schörghofer was the last ÖSV-RTL winner who was not Marcel Hirscher, he describes the problems in the team.

The ÖSV is in the big giant slalom crisis. Since Marcel Hirscher’s resignation two years ago, the red-white-red technicians have only been behind in what was once the parade discipline. This season, Stefan Brennsteiner’s eighth place in Alta Badia was the best result, it is the worst start to the season in history for the RTL team. Has Hirscher outshone the crisis for years with his dominance? In 2011, the last Austrian to win a giant slalom – and not have the name Marcel Hirscher – was called Philipp Schörghofer.

The former RTL specialist knows the reasons for the crisis: “The time without a win without Hirscher is far too long. There are always partial successes, but you also have to put together a whole race,” explains the Salzburg native in an interview with ORF.

“Marcel Hirscher was both a curse and a blessing at the same time. It was very difficult with him. If he won and one of us came second or third, that didn’t stand out,” adds the 37-year-old.

Schörghofer describes the time together with Hirscher: “He was an exceptional athlete, he never left out. That somehow took the pressure off us. Such a standard is missing now, perhaps we should have created more synergies for the future.”

So it was difficult for the other ÖSV athletes: “Hirscher covered a lot, if the second-best driver came in tenth, then nobody noticed.”

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