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Giant slalom at Val d'Isere - Udermatt wins after Solden at Val d'Isere - Sports

Giant slalom at Val d’Isere – Udermatt wins after Solden at Val d’Isere – Sports


  • 1. Marco Odermatt (Switzerland) 2:12.31 min
  • 2. Alexis Bentorault (France) + 0.59
  • Manuel Feller (AUT) +1.24.3

Marco Odermatt will remain the scale of all things in Winter 2021/22. The man from Nidwalden celebrated his third win in his sixth race of the season and continued his lead in the World Cup overall. Odermatt was in a class of his own at Val d’Isère on a very steep slope. He set the fastest time in the morning and was always in control of the situation in the second round.

In the end, the 24-year-old, who had already won the front of the giant slalom at Sölden, had a full 0.59 second lead over Alexis Pinturault. The Frenchman is likely to be Udermatt’s strongest opponent in the all-out World Cup battle. Austrian Manuel Feller finished eighth only after the first half.

Odermatt as Ligety 2013, Janka 2008, Von Grüningen 1995

While one is slowly running out of superlatives whether Odermatt’s services are available, they can be classified historically. The six-time junior world champion is the first Swiss since Carlo Janca 2008 to win the giant slalom at Val d’Isere. Odermatt is also the first skater since Ted Ligety (USA) in 2013 to win the first two giant races of the winter. Another Swiss who managed to do this before Udermatt was Michael von Groningen. “MvG” even won the first three races of the season in the field in 1995.

The other Swiss

  • 7. Loïc Meillard + 1.93
  • 9. Justin Morrissier + 2.14
  • 14. Thomas Tomler + 2.34
  • 17. Gino Caviezel + 2,62
  • 23. Daniel Seven + 3.66
  • Elimination after round one: Cedric Noger (47th place)

Behind team leader Odermatt, 4 Swiss ski athletes are ranked between seventh and 17th. While Loc Meillard (plus 9 positions), Justin Murisier (plus 11) and Thomas Tumler (plus 15) made up several places in the afternoon, the fifth inning lost 15. Gino Caviezel lost 2 ranks.

Of particular note is Tumler’s performance. Samnauner qualified on a slope marked with a high starting number of 49 as 29 for round two. The 32-year-old didn’t back down there and “everything” was gone. This tactic was rewarded: Tumler clocked the fastest time with a reserve of 0.65sec and was ranked #14. Tumler was in better shape 3 years ago in Alta Badia (9).


On Sunday, the first slalom of the season is shown on the program in Val d’Isere. In a week, the role of speed specialists will again take place: Super-G and landing in Val Gardena are planned.