For Schröcksnadel, who has been the ÖSV boss since 1990, things have come full circle 30 years after his first World Cup. Back then, in 1991 in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, the ÖSV athletes had also made five gold medals. “That’s great. The way it started, it stops, ”remarked Schröcksnadel.
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The Nations Cup is still open, we will have a hard time”, said Schröcksnadel in the direction of Switzerland. But: “For us, the World Cup is of course our priority this year.”
Men almost always on the podium
The re was precious metal in almost all of the men’s competitions – only in the controversial parallel race was empty. “We all got to the point,” said Mr. Andreas Puelacher, who at the world championship two years ago in Aare, like the entire team, had to wait for a gold medal from Marcel Hirscher until the final slalom.
The unexpected rain of medals started after three days with cancellations on February 11th with gold in the Super-G by Vincent Kriechmayr. After his first success on Sunday, the Upper Austrian also made the downhill run.
The next day, Marco Schwarz decided the combination for himself, and the Carinthian grabbed a second medal – bronze in the giant slalom. Finally, Adrian Pertl grabbed silver in the slalom on Sunday.
“One of us always stung, actually in every competition. That’s fine, ”said Puelacher. “When you have three golds, plus a silver and a bronze, it doesn’t get much better. We all got to the point. We weren’t necessarily good as a team, but I’d rather be on the podium in fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ”said the head coach and praised his support team:“ We were well positioned – very simple. ”
On the women’s side, Katharina Liensberger outshone everything. After a successful protest, the Vorarlberg woman won a parallel competition ex aequo with the Italian Marta Bassino, which was accompanied by loud criticism, thus securing the 100th ÖSV gold medal. After that, the 23-year-old completely surprisingly topped up with bronze in the giant slalom and finally won the slalom with a gala performance and thus crowned herself number one in the Austrian team in Cortina. It was the Vorarlberg woman’s first ever victory, and she is still waiting for a success in the World Cup.
Even head coach Christian Mitter did not expect such a yield from Liensberger, who was ennobled by some journalists to “Catherine the Great” and “Queen of Cortina”. Because the women had traveled to Cortina without a World Cup victory. When asked whether he had speculated on something like this in advance, women’s boss Christian Mitter said succinctly: “If I were a good speculator, I would probably be on Wall Street.” Liensberger single-handedly made the dry spell of ten World Championship races Forgotten en suite without a podium.
According to Mitter, the first week in the speed competitions had started tough. “But if you look closely, we were always there somewhere,” said the ladies’ boss but also found positive things in the fast disciplines. In the Super-G, Tamara Tippler was seventh, in the downhill Ramona Siebenhofer as ÖSV best fifth.
The Styrian also had to be content with fifth place in the station wagon and in the giant slalom. “Otherwise we were actually there for the medals. We can’t do more anyway, ”says Mitter. “But we always had someone at the start with a potential chance. We have a strong team in slalom. ”