Katharina Liensberger is not only allowed to call herself double world champion of the Alpine Ski World Championships in Cortina d'Ampezzo. <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><p> The Vorarlbergerin also dethroned the four-time slalom defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin. She kept her nerve as the half-time leader and prevailed exactly one second ahead of the Slovak Petra Vlhova and 1.98 ahead of the American Shiffrin. For the 23-year-old Liensberger it was the fourth world championship medal of her career, the third in Italy. </p><div> <p>For Austria this meant the first gold medal in women's slalom since Marlies Schild (now Raich) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2011. With five gold and two bronze medals before the final men's slalom on Sunday, Austria not only expanded its lead in the medal table unmatched (unless there is still a Swiss double victory), it is also at least the sixth-best result at the World Ski Championships for the ÖSV fixed. <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><p> The jump to second place is still possible, but Chamonix 1962 (6/4/5) can no longer be reached.</p>
After the title in the parallel competition and bronze in the giant slalom, Liensberger went into the last women’s competition with great self-confidence and a lot of looseness, but highly focused. As half-time leader, she kept her nerve and distanced the competitors. And then thanked the “whole universe” and “all the stars up there”. That it was enough by a full second is unbelievable. “Nothing better can happen to me! Today I am proud of myself.”
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Liensberger is world champion without having won a world cup race, but this winter she was the only athlete on the podium in all slaloms and showed her consistency. “Kathi was one of the favorites in the slalom and pushed it down. She is mentally strong, she showed that throughout the winter”, said ÖSV racing director Christian Mitter. “Katharina is a super athlete, very focused on what she wants,” said ÖSV President Peter Schröcksnadel.
Liensberger, who set two fastest times, is like the Swiss Lara Gut, who also won two golds and one bronze, the most successful runner in Cortina. Shiffrin (1/1/2) won four medals, one in each of her races. For her part, she could have been the first athlete to win five World Cup gold medals in slalom, like the German Christl Cranz, who is four-time champion in slalom.
At just 25, Shiffrin has the chance to continue pursuing this goal in the future. On Saturday, however, she first congratulated her heartily. “Today I had no expectations, only one: namely that Katharina would be ‘on fire’. To dream of a medal is one thing.
The n to win one, something else. She did it, that is impressive.” Vlhova leaves Cortina with silver in slalom and station wagon. “Katharina drove perfectly and from my side it wasn’t enough.”
The approach was the mistake”) and Franziska Gritsch (“I needed too long to find my way into the barrel”) attacked after their half-time results in the second round as tenth and 14th, the final places were six and eleven.
“In the second, I said to myself that I would take advantage of it again that I would go home with a good feeling,” said Mair. In the direction of Liensberger, she said: “It’s unimaginable what she’s doing.” After her fourth World Championship race and second eleventh place after that in the combination, Gritsch said that she was happy that things had gone in the right direction in the slalom. “Unfortunately, you can’t buy self-confidence, I’m working on it again.” Katharina Huber did not make it into the second round after her failure.
A big surprise was the Slovenian Andreja Slokar, who improved from 17th place with the second-best running time to five. With the Swiss Michelle Gisin, one of the favorites was eliminated in the first run after a threading-in on the consistently steep “Druscie A”, which was completely unknown to the racers until the World Cup race, on which Toni Sailer had been successful in the slalom at the 1956 Olympics.