Bitter World Cup conclusion: Wendy Holdener falls back to fourth place. An outstanding Austrian wins the slalom.
The competition that surrounded Wendy Holdener at the head of the first run couldn’t have been more impressive. Katharina Liensberger, the Austrian who seems to be working out right now, led the way. Behind her, Petra Vlhova in second place. And in fourth place, Mikaela Shiffrin lurked, she has already won a complete set of medals at this World Cup.
The Schwyzerin was on course for the podium after the World Championships hadn’t gone quite as she wanted. In the combination, she retired as the defending champion and wept bitter tears. In the parallel race, the special set of rules was her undoing, in the giant slalom she achieved a small rehabilitation with rank 8.
After all, it’s fourth place, that sounds brutal, nobody wants that. “One has to be fourth,” she says afterwards on SRF. She fights back tears. Before that, she paused, said: “I don’t know …” But then she found a few more words: “I never really got into the rhythm and couldn’t find the looseness.” And: “It wasn’t exactly my circumstances today either.
The y are better for the three women placed in front of me. ” In general, it wasn’t the Wendy Holdener’s World Cup.
The first three are in the end the riders who were to be expected there. Liensberger won the gold medal with a fantastic performance and that after she had never won a slalom in her career. It is her third medal in these championships, it takes Vlhova a second. Shiffrin came in third, almost a second slower than the Slovak.
The se are her only places in the World Cup. Now she duped almost everyone in the second run, working her way up from 17th to fifth. Only the world’s elite survived Slokar’s attack, only Shiffrin ousted them. In addition to Holdener, Camille Rast is another Swiss woman who is in the top 10, finishing eighth. Mélanie Meillard retired in the second, Michelle Gisin in the first run. (mro)