– When this young Swiss man comes, the third trembles again
Franjo von Allmen is on his way to the podium in Kitzbühel, but is eliminated. But his journey is not the only special Swiss story of this quick weekend.
Dominique Paris is not feeling well at all and does not want to accept any congratulations. South Tyrol lies in this Departure from Kitzbühel In third place, beating Ciprian Sarrazin and Marco Odermatt, he's not really confident about that result yet. Some drivers in large numbers get too close to it.
Sarrazin and Odermatt are beyond their reach, but Paris's standing wavers again and again. Stefan Babinski and Maxence Mozzatone, starting with numbers 21 and 25, narrowly missed out and finished in 4th and 5th, with Adrian Segerstedt now in 2nd place, but has been eliminated.
But this is not over yet for Paris. On this sunny race day in Tyrol, the great feeling will remain in the air until the end. We also thank them: the young Swiss athletes, who indicate that the future of the Swiss speed ski team looks very good.
Strength comes from everyone
One of them is Franjo von Almine, the Bernie who will be competing in only his eighth World Cup on Saturday. There's a DNF for “not finished” next to his name at the end of that descent, but that's only half the story. Because after the sixth section, von Almine was sensationally third, with only the pass and the finish slope to go – and then he missed a goal.
“I risked everything,” von Allmen says after the race, but the energy reserves were exhausted. “It was important to see it through to the end,” says the 22-year-old, who was suffering from a cold and sore throat.
But it's not just von Allmen who makes people sit up and take notice. There's also Alexis Mooney. He's been there a little longer than von Almine, and so far 10th place in Wengen is his best result. He is now in eighth place in Kitzbühel.
Or Arnaud Boisset. He has even competed in World Cup Finals three fewer times than von Almen and presents the Story of the Day on Friday. The 25-year-old starts in number 53, is stopped for track work and has to return to the start. Boisset remains calm and achieves his best ever World Cup result with ninth place. He even leads the race until the third split.
Not all Swiss are glamorous
Even after the weekend in Hahnenkamm, Odermatt remains the only Swiss to have been on the podium this season – in all disciplines. The speed team is short-staffed. The fact that new speedster Justin Morisier and then the inexperienced Mooney became the second best Swiss at the time does not speak volumes about established forces like Stefan Roggentin or Niels Hintermann.
Rogentin at least finished 10th on Saturday. Hintermann gets eliminated on Friday and finishes in 25th place on Saturday, and after being eliminated on Friday, he leaves the finish area without a word and shaking his head. Hintermann represents the other side in the Swiss team this weekend.
Things do not go as smoothly in Kitzbühel as they sometimes did in Poisset, Mony and Von Almen. The failure rate is high, as Ralf Weber did not reach the finish line on Friday, and Josua Mettler and Christophe Torrent leave on Saturday. There are moments of shock in both cases, but the downfall is minor.
Marcel Rohner He has been writing for the Tamedia Sports editorial team since 2017.More information