Marco Odermatt wins his second giant slalom in Alta Badia. It’s already his fourth win this season.
- 1. Marco Odermatt (Switzerland), 2:38.27 minutes
- 2. Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) +0.20sec
- 3. Zan Kranjec (SLO) +0.92
The day before, people rubbed their eyes in amazement: Marco Odermatt, the giant slalom dominator and top-ranker, revealed land features in Alta Badia in the first run. Only the No. 1 starter Nidwaldner has achieved the ninth-fastest time, the one he’s ever finished on the podium in 10 straight giant slalom races. But already in the second round, Odermatt again showed his old face and again stormed the podium thanks to the third place.
After 24 hours, the balance of power in the giant slalom race was fully restored. With a great drive in the morning, Odermatt actually pulled away from the competition by 0.60 seconds and more. In the second round, after a slow start, the Swiss saved a reserve of 0.20 seconds over the strong Henrik Kristoffersen to the finish.
Tenth win in giant slalom for Adermatt
“It was probably the hardest race of my career,” Odermatt, who had completed two downhill races and a giant slalom in the previous four days, said after his fourth win of the season.
For Odermatt, this is the 10th success in giant slalom and 12th consecutive podium finish in the discipline. The 25-year-old, last season’s World Cup winner, is one of only ten players to have recorded at least 10 “giant” victories. In addition, he now has 15 World Cup successes which is one win behind Beat Feuz.
the other swiss
- 4. Lwick Millard +1.32
- 15- Gino Caviezel +2.97.00 SAR
- 20. Daniel Sitt (+3.42.00)
- In heat two: Justin Morriser.
- Eliminated in the first round: Thomas Tumler (31), Fadri Janotin (37), Semel Besig (46) and Livio Simonet (retired).
In the first half, Loic Millard finished third on his way to his sixth giant slalom podium. But in the afternoon the 26-year-old lost another position. In the end, Millard was 0.40 seconds behind Zan Kranjić in third.
Two years ago, Justin Morriser finished third at the Alta Badia, his only World Cup podium so far. By half time 11. Romand went to the decision with a good chance of a top 10 score. But about 30 seconds later, Morrisser’s second run ended early after an in-skating error.
Daniele Sett finished in the points for the first time since Adelboden at the start of the year. The St. Moritz native qualified 29th for round two and then came up on the winner. Thanks to a better running time, the 30-year-old moved up to 20th. Sette has only been better rated twice in the World Cup (19th and 11th places).
This is how it goes
Drivers like Odermatt or Gino Caviezel can now look forward to the Christmas festivities. Kristofferson, Millard & Co., who also compete in slalom, are up for a challenge again before the holidays. The last (tonight) slalom show of the year is on the agenda at Madonna di Campiglio on December 22nd.
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