The team also found satisfaction after a number of drivers around last year’s overall World Cup winner Aleksander Aamodt Kilde were injured. Four Norwegians have achieved a total of slalom gold in history.
“It’s unbelievable, a dream,” said the new world champion on ZDF.
The last World Championship race was disappointing for the German starters: Linus Straßer was 15th, 3.36 seconds behind, Sebastian Holzmann was eliminated in the first run. For Straßer, as 23rd in the first round, all dreams of a better placement were broken early on. He therefore wanted to use the final run as a preparation for the next World Cup. “I didn’t really care about the result,” said Strasser afterwards.
The World Cup organizers wanted to protect the slope for the best drivers because of the high temperatures – but Straßer had no chance with a somewhat battered surface.
“We can go home with our heads held high”
The German team ended the World Cup with a surprisingly positive result: Romed Baumann (Super-G), Kira Weidle and Andreas Sander (each downhill) had sensationally won silver, and bronze in the team competition. “Four medals are significantly more than you expected from us,” said Alpine boss Wolfgang Maier and emphasized: “We can go home with our heads held high.”
The Swiss won most of them, namely nine, with Lara Gut-Behrami (two golds, one bronze) as well as Austria with Katharina Liensberger (two golds, one bronze), a double world champion.
The 25-year-old American finished the World Cup with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals.
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Ski World Cup Sebastian FossSolevaag takes Norwegian slalom gold