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Marcel Hirscher

Racer | Alpine Skier | Fast Driver
Published : 27.11.2018

One mustn‘t be fooled by the victory in Finland

Hi guys,

A lot has happened since the super slalom debut in Levi! After rest days, we had a couple of very good training days doing both giant slalom and slalom. Looking ahead to the entire season, I think this is the right decision and here’s why – one mustn‘t be fooled by a victory.

Henrik (Kristoffersen) was trailing by only nine hundredths of a second and the others also showed good performances. The result can be very different at the next slalom in Val d’Isere. Therefore, even in slalom, stay on the ball!

All in all, I already have more giant slalom training days under my belt than I had before the slalom in Levi. That’s encouraging, but doesn’t mean anything. The competition never sleeps and that’s also true for the GS. We will know next Sunday where I am at. One thing is certain: throughout the week at home, we’ve had excellent conditions on the Reiteralm and did all we could. Thus, today we can fly to Colorado with a clear conscience : )

Once we’re there, we will start training on American snow on Tuesday – again giant slalom and slalom. Regarding the question that has been discussed a lot in the media, whether I make a surprise start in the Super-G? I can only say, it’s not 100% decided yet. The fact is: if I want to race in the SG, I need at least one downhill training and that costs a full training day so I would miss my core disciplines. Right now, I am tending not to go SG, but who knows…

What’s much more relevant to me at the moment is the fact that this is my first overseas trip as a dad and without Laura. That doesn’t necessarily help my motivation for this long journey but, when I compete for the season, I have to do it properly. In for a penny, in for a pound. Nevertheless, I am already looking forward to the race in Beaver Creek and to training on American snow! Until then.

Yours, Marcel

Published : 27.11.2018

Radio call about hole key to Levi victory

Hi guys,

The start of the season has been successful! One hundred points and my third reindeer – welcome to the family Mr Snow 😉 That’s a pretty good reward for a hard-fought race win and confirmation that I’m still in the game, even though priorities in my life have shifted over the summer. When the race starts, I’m in racing mode.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Like so many races in 2017/18, the first race in 2018/19 was a real thriller between Henrik and me. I must confess that I was really nervous before the race. I knew everything could happen and I had no idea where I stood therefore I was extremely relieved when it became clear after the first run that I was competing for the win.

As always, I pushed down the second run in all-or-nothing mode. The crucial factor for my wafer-thin victory 0.09 seconds ahead of Henrik was actually the radio message from Michi Matt shortly before I started my second run. He told me to avoid a hole further down the course and thus contributed significantly to my triumph. That’s what I call team spirit. All I can say is: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, Michi!

So what can we take away and learn from the Levi result for the slalom season this year? Just a little bit, because the next slalom in Val d’Isère only starts in three weeks’ time and by then it will be again: new game, new chance! What we can take away from Levi, though, is that I am still able to compete amongst the best and I am very relieved about that. All I am hoping for in the meantime is one thing and one thing only: many good giant slalom training days on Reiteralm 😉

So now all signs are on the GS because, in only two weeks at Beaver Creek, the same question arises a second time: Where am I at? I will soon try and get a feel for exactly that in three GS training sessions on the Reiteralm but, for now, it’s time for recovery. I will take three days off and then fly to Colorado next Monday, but I will be in touch before that! Until then.

Yours, Marcel

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