Ski World Cup 2021: Young South Tyrolean Alex Vinatzer just missed a World Championship medal in slalom in fourth
Cortina d’Ampezzo – South Tyrolean Alex Vinatzer, just 21 years old, got off to an optimal start with fourth and third place in the 2020/21 slalom season. The n for some inexplicable reason the thread broke; in January he only got one point in six starts. Full of doubts he started at the World Ski Championships. But suddenly he showed that he can always be expected on azure snow. After the first round, Val Gardena took second place, a medal seemed within reach.
In the final, the athlete was perhaps a little too cautious. He no longer attacked fully. In the end it was enough for fourth place; eight tenths of a second on the podium was a good deal. But the very good result, even if nobody likes to be decorated with “sheet metal” at major sporting events, should and will give them a good boost of motivation for the tasks ahead. With the experience that Vinatzer will gain in the next few years, you can be sure that he will be even faster on a slope prepared with a lot of salt.
Nevertheless, the South Tyrolean praises the organizers who managed to get a good slope at high temperatures. The lack of battle-strollers, who could not be there this year due to the corona, can be seen as a downer. You might have whipped the young ski racer into a medal. But the athlete of the azure delegation has the whole future ahead of him.
The small country of Etsch, Eisack and Rienz remained without a medal. Dominik Paris was dethroned as defending champion on the Vertigne. But Vinatzer is not the only one looking to the future. At the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing everything can look very different.
Report for skiweltcup.tv: Andreas Raffeiner
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Young South Tyrolean Alex Vinatzer missed World Championship medal slalom fourth