On the historic Drusciè, the young Adrian Pertl sets the silver ÖSV conclusion. Austria’s skiing is back on top, at least in Cortina, and can finally end the Marcel Hirscher chapter.
A World Ski Championships under pandemic conditions is an epic adventure, with these words the organizers said goodbye in Cortina. You did it. After a bumpy start, some excitement and increasingly thrilling races, the grand finale of the 46th Alpine World Ski Championships also took place on Sunday in the apparently everlasting glorious weather under the Tofane. From an Austrian perspective, the final slalom medal came full circle.
Adrian Pertl, 24-year-old slalom ace from Reichenau in Carinthia, who just slipped into the ÖSV squad, drove sensationally to silver at the World Cup. “That’s a lot all at once. I knew I had nothing to lose. So I drove twice. ”Pertl mastered the tough test of tackling the World Cup final as the halftime leader (“ It wasn’t easy at the start ”) with the serenity that his fellow countryman Marco Schwarz (eliminated on medals) in Cortina recognized Has.
The red-white-red World Cup final point was set on the Drusciè slope, where Toni Sailer won the Olympic slalom in 1956 and established the success story of local skiing.
The ÖSV wanted six to eight medals, it turned out to be eight, but five of them in gold. After fourth place in Are 2019, Austria is again the top nation in the medal table, the record for the most successful World Cup to date (Chamonix 1962, six gold medals) was just missed. A record that has exceeded expectations of the recently weakened ski nation. Even with Marcel Hischer there was more gold at a World Cup. Cortina is the final line under the Hirscher chapter.
The 23-year-old has the technology and mental strength for it. Head coach Christian Mitter remains cautious. “It’s all going so fast. You can never say that a long dominance is coming now. Now let’s see what can be done better, because everything wasn’t perfect either. “
Mikaela Shiffrin took home “only” one world title (combination), but the US-American won a medal in all of her four races in Cortina. She is the first female racer to triumph at five world championships in a row – at the age of 25 mind you.
Switzerland has superstars who won the World Cup and will probably win the Nations Cup again this year. But there were too many failures in Cortina, especially in the strong men’s giant slalom team (three out of four were eliminated). Even in Super-G and Slalom, several Swiss were hit.
The Grande Nation celebrates its first double world champion since Jean-Claude Killy.
The speed stars didn’t succeed in anything countable, the strong women’s team failed in the parade discipline giant slalom. Marta Bassino won at least parallel gold, Luca De Aliprandini surprised with RTL silver.