sThe first age, in the age of the Internet, everything has to go fast and fast. Some things still look especially valuable even after a few days. For example, I prefer a 59-second video as the five-month time-lapse of the ski season. Marco Odermatt dedicates himself to his past time in the snow via Instagram These Sunny Days and concludes: “It was amazing.”
In the framework of victories in the opening match of the season in Sölden at the end of October and victory in the World Cup final on Saturday in Courchevel, the Swiss achieved not everything he saved, but the most important thing: the Olympic victory in the giant slalom, the victory in the overall World Cup. In addition, there were the small ball in the giant slalom, the second place in the World Cup Super-G and the highest results in the downhill.
Old news? impossible. The 24-year-old from Nidwald is already looking forward to next season. Three years ago, someone who should have known predicted his successes. Marcel Hirscher, who dominated the Alpine Skiing World Cup like never before, predicted at the time: “He can be anything, the overall World Cup winner, the Olympic champion, whatever he wants.” And the Dermatt, multi-level, Swiss army knife, so to speak, I liked it. Even if he says about himself: “It was not really a dream. But now it is as if.”
Little Marco was on skates for the first time when he was just over two years old. His father Walter, who participates in the Nidwald Ski Association, put it on her head. At the age of three and a half, the little boy was already mastering the difficult slopes. The difference between other children? “Marco is not afraid,” Walter Odermatt told New Zealand recently. If Marco falls, he gets up, flicks the snow and continues riding.
He retained the ability to shake off disappointment. Last winter, he went empty-handed at the World Cup, although he was considered a favourites. In the World Cup he had to give experience Alexis Bentorault Give Way. The Beijing Olympic Games also started with difficulties. In downhill he was seventh, in Super-G he retired. The pressure was enormous, but he held up and won the gold medal in the giant slalom.
His eye-catching brilliance under his blonde mane has now burned himself into the collective memory of Swiss sports fans. In addition, the boyish face of a young man who, not only because of his talent but also because of his charisma, looks like the perfect representative of the “Sweetheart of the Nation”. He looks mischievous, speaks with an eloquent tone and loves to treat himself with a trophy. The sweet tale was conveyed by Yanking, how he celebrated his Olympic victory with teammates Loic Millard and Luca Ernie so happily that Corinne Sutter I woke up from it. “Wine makes you fast,” Odermatt explained to his teammate, who agreed to pick up a glass and immediately won the gold medal the next day.
Comparisons come to mind
Although Odermatt brought in a good sum of 565,000 Swiss francs in prize money this World Cup winter alone, he lived in a shared apartment until the end. Although his father promoted the promotion of talented skiers in his homeland, Marco always preferred to be on the slopes with his children than to be with his father. He recognized this and refrained from creating a “project” from his son, as Ferdinand Hirscher, Pauli Gott, or other skateboarding fathers had done.
Despite all the desire for freedom, Marco Odermatt nevertheless became a leading producer at the national level. This is also due to the fact that he competes in his races on Swiss Stöckli skates – as the only world-class athlete. While major brands such as Head, Atomic or Rossignol are trusted by everyone, Odermatt relies on a small, noble ski factory from the Lucerne region. Which of course has the advantage that all abilities are directed towards it. Skates, binding and mounting were exclusively adapted to the Odermatt style.
The yearning for a permanent Swiss-made winner is great in the second best ski country. Comparisons have been attempted with the great Pirmin Zurbriggen. Udermatt himself calls Didier Cochet as a childhood idol. However, the last highly talented Swiss to win the World Cup was Carlo Janka in 2010. That same year he also became the Olympic champion in giant slalom. The similarities are unmistakable. But the caveat could not be ignored either: Janka continued to compete in the World Cup for another twelve years, winning only three races. Marco Odermatt smiles away from such warnings. Because it does not compare.
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