Romed Baumann (GER)
Now Romed Baumann pushes off at the top. The native Tyrolean rides the top technically much cleaner. The 36-year-old is early and has a lot of lead.
Max Franz (AUT)
Now Max Franz opens the race. Although the starting shot is a good 50 percent steep, the Carinthian picks up speed quickly and has trouble setting the skis properly. The Streif is restless as usual. Enough difficulties remain. In the traverse, Franz does not come through cleanly. It looks very much like it can be done much faster.
Despite snowfall overnight, the hard-working piste workers have left the Streif in excellent condition. So nothing stands in the way of the race. We also have the right winter landscape in Tyrol. The only thing that bothers me a bit is the wind. Of course, we don’t experience the usual spectator spectacle due to Corona. Just 1,000 spectators are allowed.
We have already named a few favourites. Another very hot contender is Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (car number 11), the fastest in training on Wednesday, and Dominik Paris (5). A total of 52 athletes want to compete.
Also eight Swiss
Switzerland is also sending eight skiers onto the slopes. And there is a top favorite in Beat Feuz (start number 9). The World Championship third won both downhill runs on the Streif twelve months ago and was recently on the podium twice in Wengen. In addition, the Confederates have Marco Odermatt (13), who is well on the way to getting the big crystal globe and is now also capable of outstanding performances in the downhill. The 24-year-old proved that as second in Bormio and Wengen. Also available are Niels Hintermann (19), Urs Kryenbühl (23) and Stefan Rogentin (28). We will focus on the other Swiss during the course of the race.
Eight men are at the start for the ÖSV. Max Franz (start number 1) will open. A little later Vincent Kriechmayr (3) sets off. The world champion and Lauberhorn winner from last Saturday has only won one Super G in Kitzbühel so far (2021), but is one of the top favorites today. The last time Daniel Hemetsberger (4) sniffed the podium twice. With Matthias Mayer (7), the Austrians have a real Hahnenkamm winner (2020) in their squad. Also present are Otmar Striedinger (15), Daniel Danklmaier (25), Christian Walder (40) and Stefan Babinsky (50).
In the short term we have to say goodbye to the entire length of the route. Strong winds in the upper part forced the jury to move the start down a bit. It starts now at the Mausefalle at 1,620 meters. This leaves 3,212 competition meters and 31 goals.
Five Germans want to face this challenge. It is Romed Baumann’s turn (car number 2) very early on. Born in Tyrol, he was second on the podium in a downhill run in 2012. Vice World Champion Andreas Sander (14) was fifth here last year. Shortly afterwards it is Dominik Schwaiger’s (18) turn. Despite a fall in training, Josef Ferstl (27), who won in Kitzbühel in 2019 – albeit the Super G, will also start. His father Sepp Ferstl won twice on the Streif at the end of the 1970s. The German team is completed by Simon Jocher (39).
There is no question that the Streif is one of the most difficult descents on the World Cup calendar. Speeds of up to 150 km/h and centrifugal forces of up to 3 g are reached on the 3,312-metre race track. The biggest drop is at the Mausfalle (85 percent). There is also the longest jump – up to 80 meters. From the start at 1,665 meters, Hannes Trinkl shows the way down the 860 meters in altitude to the finish. The FIS race director scored 33 goals.
Since the program includes two descents, the names differ. According to the organizers, we are experiencing the Kitzbühel descent today and only on Sunday the traditional Hahnenkamm descent, which was postponed by one day due to unfavorable weather forecasts. The spectacle is the same, because unlike last weekend in Wengen, the route will not be shortened today. So we experience the full program on the Streif twice.
Welcome to the 82nd Hahnenkamm Races in Kitzbühel! The World Cup weekend in Tyrol starts this Friday at 11:30 a.m. with a descent down the legendary Streif.