Ski World Cup 2021: Kathi Liensberger, a worthy world champion
Cortina d’Ampezzo – To date, five races have been held in the 2020/21 Slalom Ski World Cup season. The Austrian Katharina Liensberger showed her driving class with three second and three third places. With 360 points she is 40 points behind the Slovak Petra Vlhová in the discipline ranking. Insiders suspected that the lady from the country would strike back in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Lo and behold: In the parallel race she won the 100th ÖSV World Championship gold medal in history. The athlete, born in 1997 from the westernmost state of Austria, was as fast as the Italian Marta Bassino. For Liensberger it was the first individual medal in world title competitions after she won the silver medal with the red-white-red team in Åre two years ago.
The American Mikaela Shiffrin, the winner of the last four World Cup slaloms, had to be satisfied with the bronze medal.
The next tasks are due. And it is quite possible that she will transfer her very good shape to everyday World Cup life and celebrate her first victory there. To top it off, you could aim for winning the small crystal ball and the discipline score in the goal run. In any case, the likeable Austrian is a dignified slalom world champion.
Report for skiweltcup.tv: Andreas Raffeiner