At the beginning there is the snow, then the Swiss women cheer. In the end, the technicians are disillusioned. Questionable parallel races remain a flaw. The 46th Alpine World Ski Championships in fast motion.
The title fights in the Dolomites begin as a major event has to begin in these times: with extensive corona tests. Anyone who goes into the World Cup bubble has to turn their nose. It continues like this in a three-day rhythm. The protection concept works, the Alpine World Championships could serve as a model for other major sporting events in the pandemic.
Alois Prenn, the trainer for the Swiss technicians, is one of the few who tested positive. The South Tyrolean cannot be part of the World Cup at the beginning, has to sit in quarantine in his holiday residence not far from Cortina and see the first races on TV. He is back with the team in time for the giant slalom of his protégés.
Three days of downtime, then Gut-Behrami and Suter shine
The snow is not too scarce.
With a three-day delay we can start in glorious sunshine. It stays that way until the end. Lara Gut-Behrami and Corinne Suter set off fireworks in the speed races and secure the two gold medals and other precious metals for Switzerland. Beat Feuz also made it onto the podium in the descent.
The Austrians no longer give up the tour in the medal table.
The no longer reversed starting order in slalom means that the decision has been made after a few drivers. Michelle Gisin and Loïc Meillard win bronze.
A troll is ticking away
The Neuchâtel would be the strongest on this day in this format, saving himself to bronze.
The anger among a TV viewer from Switzerland is so great that a death threat arrives in the mailbox of FIS race director Markus Waldner. A failure of the FIS, an even bigger derailment of the troll.
The Ticino woman wins her second gold medal two hundredths ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin. After 10 of the 13 decisions, Switzerland has 9 medals. She has achieved as many podiums as she last won in Vail in 1989.
Five times zero for Holdener
For Wendy Holdener and the Swiss technicians, the World Cup ends sobering. Holdener drives nicely for two weeks, but it is bewitched. After fourth place in the slalom and a total of five attempts, the Swiss woman leaves Cortina without a medal.
In the men’s giant slalom, the Swiss trump cards are eliminated in a row. Youngster Marco Odermatt has to book Cortina as an instructive, medalless World Cup. In the final slalom, the pole artists also get nothing. A disappointment for them, bearable for the Swiss ski fans and the association.
The medal yield is a success.
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