The fourth place in the World Cup slalom symbolizes this. At halftime she is still third – a strong sign of life after difficult Cortina days. And also in the second run Holdener is anything but bad. Still, she is not rewarded. In the end there is only leather instead of precious metal. “Somebody has to finish fourth,” she says with tears in her eyes, “and at the World Cup, only the medals count.”
The se go to Katharina Liensberger (gold), Petra Vlhova (silver) and Mikaela Shiffrin (bronze).
Holdener faces journalists, does not run away – even if at this moment she would like to bury herself in the spring snow. That honors them. At the same time, the Schwyzerin knows that her medalless World Cup is not a sensation. She achieved a single podium place (3rd place in Flachau) in the World Cup this season. For comparison: In the last three years there have been a total of 25 Swiss Ski President Urs Lehmann says: “Wendy has had a difficult time behind her, the whole preparation for the World Cup was not ideal. Sometimes she was unlucky, sometimes she was eliminated – she had to get up again and again. “
Injury, separation, corona
The “great skiing days”, as Holdener calls them, alternated with frustrating results.
The re was also tension with her new trainer Klaus Mayrhofer, which culminated in a breakup a few days before the World Cup. Shortly afterwards, his “substitute”, head of technology Alois Prenn, tested positive for Corona – he had to be quarantined for ten days. Holdener still encouraged himself and was looking forward to the World Cup. At the same time she said: “I’m not one to be relaxed. I have a lot of thoughts. “
An endless up and down
The y hoarded precious metals like squirrels nuts. In 2017 in St. Moritz there were gold and silver, in 2018 in Pyeongchang a whole set of medals and in 2019 in Are two golds. With these figures in mind two weeks ago, many probably thought: Holdener will deliver again. It turned out differently.
The same applies here: Holdener continued to ride her roller coaster in Cortina. In the station wagon she showed a strong Super-G before she was eliminated in the slalom. In the parallel race she was one of the best, but fell victim to a miserable slope and insane regulations. She won all of her runs in the team event, but was a little too slow. In the giant slalom she finished 8th – solid. And in the slalom 36 hundredths were missing from bronze.
Sometimes Holdener was happy in Cortina, sometimes she cried, now and then she was unlucky and sometimes she was simply not good enough. “I always want to be successful, but you at home also know that there are not always good days, but moments when things don’t go well. I am basically a positive person, even if I am disappointed now. I’ll bite through. “
Gisin leads the way, Rast gives hope
Holdener’s teammate Michelle Gisin (27) has finished working much earlier, and she is threading the first run – her first retirement since 26 slaloms. Gisin takes home the combined bronze, her friend Luca de Aliprandini (30) giant silver. “That means at least as much to me,” says Gisin. While Camille Rast (21) gives a taste of her talent in the slalom with rank 8, Mélanie Meillard (22) is eliminated in the second run.