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Wengen: Vincent Kriechmayr triumphed in the downhill classic on the Lauberhorn after Zoff for permission to start

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Wengen: Vincent Kriechmayr triumphed in the downhill classic on the Lauberhorn after Zoff for permission to start


Romed Baumann had a simple piece of advice. “Now don’t throw your nerves away,” said the veteran succinctly after the second descent on the Lauberhorn in Wengen, which again ended with a disappointing result for him and his only three teammates. The fact is: Only three weeks before the start of the Olympic Games, the German downhill skiers are not living up to their expectations at all. So: Keep your nerves?! The best German on Saturday, when, in contrast to the race the day before, the entire 4.5 km long distance was covered, was Dominik Schwaiger again, he finished 17th. Baumann followed in 19th place, Simon Jocher was 24th, Josef Ferstl was 30th. Olympics – ski jumpingSetback for Wellinger: Olympic champion has to worry about a ticket 6 HOURS AGO That was a bit better than the day before, but overall “not a good weekend”, as Schwaiger said. Andreas Sander, second in the World Championship after all, preferred to skip the second race after finishing 41st on Friday.

“Special training” for Kriechmayr

Vincent Kriechmayr of all people won this time under blue skies. The double world champion from Austria had missed the two training runs in Wengen due to a corona infection and was therefore not allowed to start according to the rules of the International Ski Association FIS. But race director Markus Waldner and the jury scheduled a special “training” for him on Friday morning – the 30-year-old only drove out of the starting gate, but according to the rules he was entitled to start in the races. Feuz presents: Schweizer races onto the podium on the LauberhornKriechmayr said he was “grateful for the exemption” from the FIS and stressed that “I would have accepted a different decision as well”. The second-placed Swiss Beat Feuz (+0.34 seconds) considered the exception to be justifiable. “He certainly had the advantage of being more rested. But you have to do it first, driving here without any real preparation,” he said. Third was Dominik Paris (Italy) ahead of overall World Cup leader Marco Odermatt (Switzerland).

Sander does not start

Meanwhile, the Germans have other concerns, especially Sander, who seemed at a loss after his failed race. “Active and the coaching team have decided together that Andi will prepare for the races in Kitzbühel instead,” the German Ski Association (DSV) justified the waiver of the World Cup runners-up on Saturday. Two more downhill runs will be held in Kitzbühel in the coming week – the last ones before the Olympic Games. According to Alpinchef Wolfgang Maier, Sander’s problem is more mental – triggered by the sensational silver medal last February. “He’s putting too much pressure on himself,” he said on the edge of the women’s downhill run in Zauchensee, Austria, where Kira Weidle, second in the World Cup, achieved the best result of her career in the World Cup with second place. “You can,” added Maier, “sometimes fail because of your expectations.” You might also be interested in this: Missing victory by a hair’s breadth: Weidle shines in the downhill in Zauchensee (SID)Downhill victory in Wengen: Kriechmayr’s victory run on the LauberhornWengenSander does without second Wengen descent: “Is the worm in there” 7 HOURS AGO Wengen debacle on the Lauberhorn: German downhillers disappoint in Wengen YESTERDAY AT 1:10 PM


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