The other group of favorites
Once again, victory will most likely only go to Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. In his impressive comeback season, the strong Norwegian celebrated his fifth win of the season on the shortened descent yesterday and thus also took the lead in the discipline ranking. In addition to Kilde, Matthias Mayer, Beat Feuz and Marco Odermatt, it is especially important to pay attention to Dominik Paris. The South Tyrolean has never been on the podium in Wengen and of course wants to improve this statistic as soon as possible.
Farewell to Janka
On the one hand, the Swiss team wants to fight for the day’s victory on home soil in the Bernese Oberland, on the other hand, the end of Carlo Janka’s (car number 16) career will also be the focus. The former overall World Cup and Olympic champion completes the last race of his active career in Wengen. Beat Feuz (3) and Marco Odermatt (11), both of whom were on the podium yesterday and once again belong to the inner circle of favourites, will catapult themselves onto the slope beforehand. Niels Hintermann (20), Stefan Rogentin (21), Urs Kryenbühl (23), Gilles Roulin (32) and Justin Murisier (47) complete the Swiss team.
ÖSV team attacks the podium
In fourth place, Daniel Hemetsberger (car number 12) surprisingly became the best Austrian of the day and missed the step onto the podium by just a few hundredths. However, the 30-year-old didn’t feel very fit recently, which is why the full distance could become a problem for him today. Instead, Matthias Mayer (1) wants to take advantage of the optimal slope conditions and achieve the next podium place. Vincent Kriechmayr (7), Otmar Striedinger (15) and Max Franz (17) will certainly be expected. In addition, Daniel Danklmaier (27), Christian Walder (37) and Stefan Babinsky (46) follow with higher starting numbers for the ÖSV squad.
DSV team wants to fight back
The runners of the German Ski Association all had a completely wasted day yesterday and are therefore aiming for immediate compensation. Dominik Schwaiger was able to do best in the first descent in 24th place, but the 30-year-old will also want to improve on today’s classic with the good number six. Romed Baumann (start number 6) and Josef Ferstl (25), on the other hand, already proved on Thursday in the Super-G that top positions can be enough. While Simon Jocher (38) completes the DSV team, the problem child Andreas Sander is missing from the starting list after a persistent lack of form.
Hello and welcome to the Men’s Alpine World Cup in Wengen! After the Super-G on Thursday and the shortened descent yesterday, the full program awaits the athletes at the traditional Lauberhorn race. At 12:30 p.m., the Austrian Matthias Mayer opens the spectacle in the Bernese Oberland.