Before the Olympic slalom at the Winter Games in Beijing on Wednesday (3.15 a.m.), ski racer Lena Dürr critically examines her career so far. “I had a certain lack of plan, I was too insecure. That’s a problem, especially in slalom, when you have to react at lightning speed,” said the German hope for a medal in an interview with the “Rheinische Post”.
In view of the high expectations, “of course it rains down on you,” said Dürr: “But maybe I had to go through it to get to where I am now.” Most recently, the 30-year-old attracted attention at the Olympic dress rehearsal with a third place in the night slalom in Schladming.
Dürr remains cautious for Wednesday: “It has never worked for me to drive for positions.”
Dürr himself cannot say why things suddenly clicked after years. “Skiing is a jigsaw puzzle for me. Several parts have to fit together so that you can ski fast. My material is great and gives me the great freedom to set my swing the way I want,” said the two-time World Championship third of the team: “I have a new serviceman who I work well with. I changed my fitness training a bit in the summer.”