<div class="td-post-featured-image"><figure><img width="696" height="501" class="entry-thumb" src="https://volksblatt.at/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1559063612_BLD_Online-696x501.jpg" srcset="https://volksblatt.at/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1559063612_BLD_Online-696x501.jpg 696w, https://volksblatt.at/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1559063612_BLD_Online-300x216.jpg 300w, https://volksblatt.at/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1559063612_BLD_Online-1024x737.jpg 1024w, https://volksblatt.at/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1559063612_BLD_Online-768x553.jpg 768w, https://volksblatt.at/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1559063612_BLD_Online-1068x769.jpg 1068w, https://volksblatt.at/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1559063612_BLD_Online-583x420.jpg 583w, https://volksblatt.at/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1559063612_BLD_Online.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 696px) 100vw, 696px" alt="" title="Liensberger neuer Star am Slalom-Himmel, Coach Mitter bremst"/><figcaption class="wp-caption-text copyright">© APA/APA (EXPA/Groder)/EXPA/JOHANN GRODER</figcaption></figure></div> <!-- Entweder gibt es keine banner, oder die banner sind deaktiviert oder hier nicht entsprechend eingestellt! --><p>Katharina Liensberger will leave the 2021 World Ski Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo as the new star of the sport. On Saturday, the Vorarlberg woman added slalom gold to her parallel world championship title and clearly outperformed Petra Vlhova and Mikaela Shiffrin. <a href="https://www.de24.news/"><img class="alignnone size-medium" src="https://www.de24.news/a1/de24.png" alt="© www.de24.news" width="400" height="20" /></a> The 23-year-old has never led a race in the World Cup. However, women's racing director Christian Mitter was skeptical about a possible permanent changing of the guard in slalom.
Liensberger, who narrowly missed her first World Cup victory several times, distanced Vlhova from Slovakia by a full second in Hirscher style and was 1.98 seconds ahead of defending champion Shiffrin. “It’s really unbelievable that I can experience that. The moment to cross the finish line and really be a second ahead is so valuable because I know what I’ve done for it and how many people are supporting me, ”announced the double world champion, who also surprisingly also had a giant slalom in Cortina -Bronze won.
“I knew what my plan was and what I had to do, what my job was. That is skiing with enthusiasm and heart. Of course you notice a lot on the sidelines, and yet it is important to ignore it all and concentrate on the essentials. I definitely succeeded in doing that, ”added Liensberger, who was happy to receive many compliments from the competition. “It wasn’t enough of me because Katharina was really quick. She drove perfectly, ”said Vlhova, who was in the lead in the overall and slalom World Cup.
With two gold medals and one bronze medal, Liensberger is the most successful athlete at the World Championships, together with Lara Gut-Behrami from Switzerland, who won gold in giant slalom and Super-G, and bronze in the downhill. “Sounds good, yes,” said the patroness. Shiffrin has four medals, more than any other, but she only got gold in the Alpine Combined. “ The re was no scenario today in which I would have made more than bronze,” she clarified.
Mitter was particularly pleased that Liensberger had delivered a favorite victory. “You know that she has what it takes,” he emphasized. How young athletes react, “when they are up there at a World Cup, you never really know. But I’ve already figured it out because she just trusts her technique and her skiing. ”Liensberger“ just does things right physically. She stands up against it, she gets the ski going. ”In addition, she has the mental skills that are needed to be at the front.
“You can very rarely practice such a situation. But what comes closest is the World Cup. She has already shown that she can do it, ”explained Mitter. “In the end, the one who has practiced the most is always the best. If you enjoy doing something, then you practice the most and do it the most, then you will also be good at it. ”
He was unable to answer whether Liensberger’s World Cup victory was synonymous with a new hierarchy in the world of women’s slalom. “It’s all going so fast. If I look at Andreja Slokar (who placed fifth; note), who already pressed unconditionally on Semmering, then someone else follows. So you can never say that there is now a long dominance, ”said Mitter. “Today it happens once that she dominated the race. Now let’s see what can be done better, because everything wasn’t perfect either. ”