Feez on call
Even with Beat Feuz it was unclear for a long time whether he would contest the Lauberhorn weekend. The Swiss is expecting children with his partner in the next few days and of course wants to be there live. Apparently the phone hasn’t rang yet for the three-time Wengen champion, who, like Marco Odermatt, is one of the favorites today. Stefan Rogentin, Justin Murisier, Urs Kryenbühl, Niels Hintermann, Thomas Tumler and Gilles Roulin can also present their skills at the home game.
Kriechmayr is allowed to participate
There was a question mark over Vincent Kriechmayr’s commitment to the end. The Upper Austrian tested positive for the corona virus a few days ago, but has now submitted a negative test and was released from quarantine by the authorities just in time. The double world champion from Cortina d’Ampezzo leads the ÖSV squad together with Matthias Mayer, which also includes Christian Walder, Max Franz, Raphael Haaser, Stefan Babinsky, Daniel Danklmaier and Otmar Striedinger in this Super-G.
DSV quintet at the start
The German speed drivers are still waiting for their first podium finish this winter. Andreas Sander was the closest so far in the Beaver Creek Super-G in fourth place. Josef Ferstl, Romed Baumann, Dominik Schwaiger and Simon Jocher have also shown good runs and each booked a top ten result. All DSV starters already have the Olympic norm in their pockets and can therefore attack fully today in Wengen without pressure.
Premiere for Odermatt
Of course, the local fans are hoping for a home win. In addition to speed star Beat Feuz, the Swiss are also counting on Marco Odermatt. The giant slalom expert has already made it onto the podium in the Super-G in Beaver Creek. At the age of 24, the current overall World Cup leader is at the start of the Lauberhorn Classic for the first time this year. The top favorite this time is the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who clearly leads the discipline World Cup. The Austrians Matthias Mayer and Vincent Kriechmayr also want to have a say in the fight for the day’s victory.
All good things come in threes
This Super-G has already been scheduled twice this season. However, the conditions in Lake Louise and in Bormio did not allow for a race. So now in Wengen, where downhill, slalom and combination are traditionally held, a Super-G is being held for the first time since 1994. Marc Giradelli won the only Super-G to date in the shadow of the Mönch, Eiger and Jungfrau 28 years ago.
Hello and welcome to the long alpine weekend in Wengen! There are four races this year on the legendary Lauberhorn. It starts with a Super-G, which was included in the program as a replacement for the canceled race in Bormio.