A third-place finish in the classic at the Lauberhorn – anything but optimal, but better than being sorry in the end. The analysis is easy. In the first run, I did not race well enough and made two major mistakes. The result: nine tenths of a deficit!
The second run was already much better as I was able to accelerate and attack in some sections. Finishing first in the second run and third overall on the Lauberhorn were a reconciliatory conclusion for a suboptimal race. I realised that I was only fully present in the second run in Wengen. The goal for the upcoming races is therefore to feel relaxed but switched on from the first run onwards, and to have enough energy reserves and the right setup – easier said than done ; )
I would like to congratulate Manuel Feller, who came second and only just missed his first World Cup victory. Of course, a shout out also goes to the winner Clément Noël. Everyone knows that Manu is fast and he has proved that many times. Unfortunately, he has made a few mistakes in the past. When he is feeling good, has the confidence and has two good runs, he will always be competing for victory. Clément is a huge talent! He is young, full of energy and has a good technique. He belongs to the next generation out there, which makes life really difficult for me. I must not allow myself any mistakes, otherwise I won’t be able to keep up with them.
Next stop is Kitzbühel, so what will me and my team be up to until the start at the slalom there? I’ll take a break for recovery from Monday to Wednesday, then I’ll train for the slalom from Thursday through Saturday. I’ll be heading to Kitzbühel for the traditional Raiffeisen media meeting. Apart from that, for the most part, I will try to avoid the gigantic media hype surrounding the Hahnenkamm race.
How? By traveling to Kitzbühel on Saturday afternoon and leaving on the Sunday after the race. I avoid unnecessary appointments and concentrate fully on my priorities: skiing. Because that’s exactly what I’m looking forward to in Kitzbühel! The slope is extremely varied, offering everything you can think of. Extremely steep passages and also a short distance uphill. There’s even a section where the slope leans massively to the left – not an easy task, but a beautiful one.