Vincent Kriechmayr, Alpine Skiing World Champion 2021 in Cortina dAmpezzo – that sounds like music to his ears. Almost exactly 20 years after his role model, mentor and friend Hannes Trinkl (St. Pankraz), who had triumphed in St. Anton on February 7, 2001, the great hour struck for the Upper Austrian compatriot.
“I’m very proud. Of course I can remember how Hannes did it. That was great – especially in the downhill. For me it’s the Super-G – but that doesn’t matter,” said Kriechmayr, beaming after an emotional one Race in which he had lived up to his role as a favorite one hundred percent. Albeit with long tremors in the target. Because in the end it was a heartbeat final, in the final accounts “Vinc” had seven hundredths ahead of the Tyrolean Romed Baumann, who is now starting for Germany. The French top all-rounder Alexis Pinturault took bronze.
Loud notes in the hymn
A lot of things are balanced in life. In 2019 in Aare, Kriechmayr, whose “World Cup painting” was finally three colors after bronze and silver two years ago, drove past gold by nine hundredths in the Super-G when Dominik Paris (Ita) won. The speed star turned the game yesterday.
When the 29-year-old from Gramastettner was allowed or had to put on the gold medal himself at 3:18 p.m. because the corona pandemic did not allow any other ceremonies, he felt one or two tears of joy. He was not allowed to open the pompous Prosecco bottle to the applause of his supervisors, coaches and teammates, who waved the red-white-red flag and stood for their “Vinc”. The corks should only pop later in the “Hotel Bellevue” (“Nice view”).
Even if the red face mask hid the facial features on the podium, World Cup reporters knew in advance what was going to happen behind it during the awards ceremony. After his glorious journey, Kriechmayr announced that he would sing along with the anthem. “I always do that. When I won in Garmisch in front of the Mothl (Mayer, note), we sang along loudly and probably not so nicely. Afterwards Marco Odermatt (a Swiss, note) laughed at us about it.”
Kriechmayr is a proud Austrian – and “the first ski world champion from the Mhlviertel”, SV media man Stefan Illek threw in with a wink – to the detailed portrait of the new Super-G world champion.
Kriechmayr, who, according to SV men’s racing director Andreas Puelacher, “was incredibly cool the night before,” felt a load of relief. He had put so much pressure on himself as the person wearing the red jersey in this discipline and two-time winner of the season (Kitzbhel, Garmisch): “More than could have come from outside.” The n his improvisational skills were in demand when he had to master the key passage with the vertigine jump with flying colors after almost 16 seconds with number five (after the first three riders had failed).
“When I saw how one after the other was eliminated, I was really sweaty. You had to drive it in a measured manner.” So not only briskly, but also intelligently. Kriechmayr can do that like no other.
Im Video: Vincent Kriechmayr’s gold ride to see
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