‘All the time one step ahead’: Swiss skier Odermatt wins once more


BORMI, Italy (AP) – Make it 5 wins in 12 begins for Marco Odermatt this season. The Swiss skier supported…

BORMI, Italy (AP) – Make it 5 wins in 12 begins for Marco Odermatt this season.

The Swiss skier maintained his sensible kind within the ultimate World Cup race of 2022 by dominating super-G on one of many tour’s hardest programs.

Racing in sunny situations beneath blue skies, Odermatt did not have the quickest begin however outpaced his rivals on all different sections of the icy and demanding Stelvio. Not even a second of insecurity when he needed to regain his steadiness after hitting a gate along with his proper arm did not deter him.

“It was actually virtually an ideal run for me. Very tough race, very tough course setting,” mentioned Odermatt. “I had feeling from the primary gate, so I used to be capable of push and I used to be by some means at all times one step forward.”

Odermatt seemed impressed after crossing the end line and seeing his lead in that point: 2.26 seconds.

Later, Vincent Kriechmayr got here closest as he completed 0.64 behind Odermatt in second, a day after Austria’s world super-G champion received the basic downhill on the identical venue.

Odermatt’s Swiss teammate Loic Meillard was 1.22 again in third for his eleventh profession World Cup podium however first in super-G.

“An ideal workforce efficiency, with Loic on the rostrum as effectively, and Stefan (Rogentin), Gino (Caviezel) and likewise Justin (Murisier) within the prime 15. It is an important race,” Odermatt mentioned.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde trailed Odermatt by 2.15 seconds in eighth because the Norwegian, who’s second within the total standings, noticed his deficit to his Swiss rival enhance to 329 factors.

Kilde has received 5 of the final eight super-G races and has by no means completed worse than fourth.

After 14 of the 38 occasions this season, Odermatt has gained 946 factors, making him a severe contender to interrupt the lads’s document for many World Cup factors in a single season.

The present finest mark of two,000 was set by Austrian nice Hermann Maier 13 years in the past. On the ladies’s facet, solely Slovenian standout Tina Maze (2,414 in 2013) and American four-time total champion Mikaela Shiffrin (2,204 in 2019) have collected extra factors in a season.

Odermatt’s victory got here hours later Olympic super-G champion Matthias Mayer has surprisingly retired with instant impact.

Mayer took half within the course inspection of the racers within the morning, however then introduced his determination in an interview with Austrian tv.

“We had been good mates, we simply had a beer two days in the past. We had enjoyable, talked,” mentioned Odermatt. “It was a giant shock for everybody and, in fact, for me as effectively. For him, it is the proper manner.”

The race, which was interrupted for 10 minutes when a canine ran up and down the course, was the second super-G of the season. The lads’s World Cup continues with slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, subsequent Wednesday.

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