It was one of the most difficult decisions that Tom Stauffer had to make in his career as Swiss Ski Men’s boss: Although Sandro Simonet from Graubünden came third in the World Cup slalom in Chamonix, ailing Daniel Yule received the last ticket for the World Cup slalom . Last year’s Adelboden and Kitzbühel winner was never better than seventh this World Cup winter. Can Yule still justify the trust placed in him on Sunday in the last race of these title fights?
The slope in Cortina suits Yule”
The Swiss slalom stars have prepared for their World Cup in Crans-Montana and Toblach (South Tyrol). «My service people told me that Ramon Zenhäusern made an outstanding impression in these training sessions. But Yule and Luca Aerni also showed some very good performances », says the Austrian Sigi Voglreiter, head of racing at Yule and Aernis outfitter Fischer.
The slope in Cortina is as selective as in Schladming, which suits the qualities of Yule . Sandro Simonet, on the other hand, is not yet sufficiently advanced in his development that he can race for a medal on such a difficult mountain.
Unconventional training for Yule and Zen houses
Plaschy, who triumphed in the 1999 World Cup slaloms in Vail and Kranjska Gora, knows the qualities of Yule and Zen houses particularly well. As a former trainer of the Swiss Ski Future Team, today’s SRF expert trained the Upper and Lower Valais. Sometimes with unconventional methods.
“When I was young, I was extremely slow in the flat pieces,” recalls Yule. “Because Didier was convinced that training on the ice would give me a much better feeling for flat slalom passages, I had to spend countless hours on the skates. At first I cursed him for it. But today I can say that the toil on the artificial ice rink has already brought something. “
Plaschy once buckled his protégés on roller skis and then let them be pulled by a car on a rope. This should be used to train one-leg riding and balance. Will this creativity be rewarded with gold on Sunday? “My absolute gold favorite is Austria’s Marco Schwarz. But our boys certainly have a good chance of a medal, »believes Plaschy.
From February 8 to February 21, 2021, the Alpine World Ski Championships will take place in Cortina d’Ampezzo (It). Who are the Swiss favorites? In which discipline do you drive and when? All information is available here.