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“Special League”: Odermatt is untouchable in the first leg – Schmid is in 10th place

“Special League”: Odermatt is untouchable in the first leg – Schmid is in 10th place

It was the fourth giant slalom of the winter on the program in Adelboden. Marco Odermatt lived up to his preferred position and left nothing to be desired in front of his home crowd. Alexander Schmid came in tenth place.

Marco Odermatt celebrates after his fourth giant slalom win of the season.

Marco Odermatt continued his impressive winning streak in Adelboden. After his successes in 2022 and 2023, the Olympic and world champion also won the giant slalom on Saturday on one of the most demanding slopes in the Alpine World Cup, thus achieving a hat-trick on home soil. The 26-year-old celebrated his fourth giant slalom victory of the season. Thousands of fans celebrated him frantically in the end zone. Norwegian Alexander Amodt Kilde came in second place, more than a second behind. The downhill ace reached the podium in the giant slalom for the first time. Croatian Filip Zubcic came in third place.

Odermatt lays the foundation in the first round

In the first round, Odermatt managed an absolute dream on the Chuenisbärgli road, which was shortened due to fog. The 26-year-old local champion achieved an advantage of more than a second over Austrian Stefan Bernsteiner (+1.04 seconds) and Norwegian Alexander Aamodt Kjeld (+1.15) and once again confirmed his distinguished position.

Schmid had to slow down a bit with light snowfall and changing visibility conditions. “Visibility is a challenge, I had to look a little bit every now and then,” said the Allgäu native, commenting on his ride that saw him start the second round 1.91 seconds back in 17th place.

In the end, Oberstdorfer's team finished 10th and performed “much better” in the second round, Schmid told ARD. He was really raving about the Odermatts. Schmid said appreciatively that the World Cup winner over the last two winters was in a “league of his own.”

Schmid's teammates Fabian Gratz and Jonas Stockinger finished 26th and 28th. Stefan Loitz narrowly missed the final in 31st during his return after a long injury break. Anton Grammel also didn't make it to the second round. There is another slalom race in Adelboden on Sunday.

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