Adrian Pertl is not someone who drove everyone in every age group and category to the ground, how naturally he came to the World Cup and who easily drives to his first medal at World Championships. Okay, the latter applies to slalom silver at the end of the Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina. Otherwise, the career was bumpy until December 2019. And the Carinthian had already asked himself the question. "Am I good enough for the top of the world?" </p><div> <p>Slalom trainer Marko Pfeifer recognized that this is what he is and brought the technician into his group in spring 2020 at the same time as Fabio Gstrein, which includes Marco "Blacky" Schwarz, Manuel Feller and Michael Matt. In a Zoom meeting, he found out about the trainer's plans and got to know his new colleagues better. It was "an honor" for him that he came into this group and was allowed to train with the best.</p>
The concept worked really well, I enjoyed it right from the start. I hadn’t had much to do with the other athletes apart from Blacky. But after the first two courses I noticed that they are a really cool group. We always have a lot of fun, “said the 24-year-old Pertl in an online media talk on Monday after his return from Italy.
Pertl comes from Ebene Reichenau, went skiing with his parents and grandpa from an early age and soon drove his first races in the Bambini Cup. In the “small but fine ski club” in Reichenau he felt well looked after, from “children’s cup to student cup” “the successes were always there”, which is why he decided on the ski academy in Schladming.
The n for four or five years it was always about keeping the squad status. I didn’t necessarily stand out with my performances, I wasn’t the worst either. I stayed in the squad, but the real jump never came.”
This time was not frustrating, he always tried at the start of FIS races to recommend himself for higher things. “But when you have reached a certain age you also ask yourself whether it was that or what is still possible in terms of potential. I have often asked myself whether I am simply not good enough for the top of the world In retrospect, I’m glad I never gave up.
The n you can see how fast it can go. A year and a half ago I was happy about an FIS victory, yesterday I won a silver medal at a World Championship. ”
Pertl was slowed down in 2016 by a cruciate ligament rupture, and he experienced his first highlight in 2017 at the Junior World Championships in Aare with slalom gold. FIS races were still his main field of activity during this time, in the European Cup he waited until December 2019 with numerous appearances, when the first reasonably useful result looked out for 14th place in the slalom in Val di Fassa. That was just 14 months ago.
The n he finished fifth and Kitzbühel followed. It was only his fifth World Cup race and he finished eighth. In the next but one, he came third in Chamonix on the podium for the first time, followed this winter by fourth places in the parallel race in Lech / Zürs and the Chamonix Torlauf as the best results.
The change of material certainly also contributed a large part to this, at Völkl, ex-world champion Manfred Pranger is at his side to support him. “When I stood in front of him for the first time, I swallowed. Manni is a great guy. He treated me as if he had known me for a long time.”
After two days of relaxing, answering “hundreds of messages”, spending time with family and girlfriend Anna as well as a therapy session, Pertl set off for Zurich on Wednesday and then on to Bansko, where he will contest the two World Cup giant slalom runs on the weekend.
The re he aims to get under 30.
In the remaining slaloms, the vice world champion is hoping for good results and a good step forward behind gold medalist Sebastian Foss-Solevaag (NOR). “So that I can always be at the front. With placements like this, expectations increase. A race like yesterday helps a lot.
The experience alone when you lead the way it is, when you have to endure the pressure.” And he is glad that he was the skier and not the spectator. “It was an exciting race and quite a thrill.”