Riesensalom in Adelboden: Odermatt celebrates Adelboden party – Schmid is injured

Status: 01.07.2023 16:02

In the giant slalom in Adelboden, Marco Odermatt celebrated his seventh victory of the season against an intoxicating backdrop. The Swiss won his home game on Saturday January 7, 2023. Alexander Schmid, the best German in the standings, was not there due to illness – but his participation in the World Cup does not seem to be in question. Two DSV riders have collected points in the World Cup.

Odermatt won in superior fashion in front of over 25,000 fans on the Chuenisbärgli. After the first round, the 25-year-old already had a comfortable lead of 0.31 seconds. The now 17-time World Cup winner extended that time to 0.73 seconds in the final. The Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen and Loic Meillard, a second Swiss, came second and third.

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Odermatt applauds – the basin explodes

The fourth victory in the fifth giant slalom of the season was not easy. Especially Kristoffersen with a strong second run demanded everything from Odermatt. But the Swiss was not discouraged and remained aggressive in the final. Despite Kristoffersen’s good lead, Odermatt was even able to increase his lead – at one point the Swiss was already 1.20 seconds ahead of the competition. He reached the finish line with a lead of 0.73 seconds – the Adelboden valley basin exploded in jubilation when the 1 shone behind the name of Odermatt.

Frenchman Muffat-Jeandet falls seriously

The second lap was clouded by a serious crash by Frenchman Victor Muffat-Jeandet. The 2018 Olympic combined bronze medalist lost his balance in the final at the top of the course after hitting his upper body with a goal and hitting the back of his head. The 33-year-old flew into the fences, had to be treated there and taken to the valley on a stretcher.

Schmid Gone – “Out of Heaven in the Back”

From a German point of view, there was no higher ranking. Because: Alexander Schmid, the best German in the general classification and in the giant slalom World Cup, was not present in Adelboden. The 28-year-old had to abandon the race shortly before the start due to back pain. “The Alex suffered a muscle injury to his back while riding”explained DSV Alpine Director Wolfgang Maier on ZDF.

“It came from the sky. But it was so intense he didn’t see a chance to start. It hit him in the back and he couldn’t drive.”, said Maier. Short-term therapy in Munich should soon put Schmid back on skis. More recently, before Christmas, Schmid had impressed with a fifth-place finish at Alta Badia.

Luitz and Grammel earn World Cup points

After all: with Stefan Luitz and Anton Grammel, two Germans entered the World Cup points. Luitz was 23rd, Grammel 27. For Luitz, who missed the Olympics in 2018 and 2022 after a torn cruciate ligament and back surgery, it was only the second top 30 of the season. The 30-year-old could have done even better – on his second run he made a brave run up the top. However, he lost valuable time on the transition to the steep final grade and at the finish and fell back.

Luitz: ‘Extremely important to me’

“I had a good feeling at the top. But I’m a bit collapsed, I was a bit sick three days ago. It continued until today. That’s why I missed a bit of strength in the first and second round down.“, Luitz explained his loss of time at the finish. He told ZDF that he got a lot of motivation from the race: “Today was extremely important to me. I had some tough times. But today, with this mood, you know why you’re doing it.”

Grammel, 24, entered the top 30 at the World Cup for the third time in his career. “I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t go further. Basically I can’t complain. World Cup points are not something I take for granted. Maybe I was being too careful after all.said Grammel after the race on ZDF.

German athletes wore mourning ribbons on their arms for Alpine legend Rosi Mittermaier, who died this week.

Rauchfuss and Gratz eliminated in the first round

So did Julian Rauchfuss and Fabian Gratz, who however missed out on the top 30. With the starting number 54, Rauchfuss finished 35th on lap one, just 0.43 seconds off a time of 1:21.28 minutes. Fabian Gratz came 37th with the starting number 53 (1:21.38 minutes).

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