Double victory for Switzerland in men's Juniors super g
Yesterdays' silver and bronze medaillists, Ralph Weber and Nils Mani did everything right today, and could step one place up on the podium ensuring two new medals for Switzerland. First out was yesterdays' gold medaillist, Ryan Cochran-Siegle. On the first jump he did a mistake, and did not finish his run. A mistake that would turn out to be severe for several athletes. In soft snow, but with a fast course, Nils Mani took the lead starting with bib number 4. Close up was Austria's Johannes Strolz, who finished third. Despite starting with bib number 22, Ralph Weber wanted to improve his silver medal, and swept down the course, winning with 0.20 seconds. The downhill specialist had not expected to be on the podium, but had a good feeling after the inspection this morning, and became more confident he could make it. For his team-mate Mani, it was a clean run, but had luck with one of the gates, where he almost lost control. The Swiss team is on a strike now, having won 4 medals out of 6 possible in the men's competitions. Fourth place was won by Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR), fifth place by Gino Caviezel (SUI), followed by a very strong performance by sixth place winner Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) who started with bib number 37.
With a course length of 1765 meters and a vertical drop of 556 meters, it was a challenging course waiting for the athletes this morning. Tired legs from yesterday were suffering down the course, and led to several mistakes and did not finish. Out of the first top 30 athletes, 9 of them did not finish. Austrias bronze medaillist was impressed by the fast course, but said it was all about finding the right phase between attacking and tactics.
Due to bad weather forecast tomorrow, no competitions are scheduled. The men will continue with the team event on Monday followed by the technical events on Wednesday and Friday.
Ralph Weber (SUI), gold:
“Starting as number 22 was actually good today, as I could learn from the mistakes the previous athletes did. Normally I'm better in downhill than super g, and I did not expect to be on the podium today. After the course inspection however I had a good feeling, and thought that reaching the podium might be possible".
Nils Mani (SUI), silver:
“Just like yesterday, I did not expect to be on the podium, but I obviously hoped that I would make it. The conditions were better today, and I was simply skiing better than yesterday. I'm very happy for Ralph, it's great to be part of such a strong team".
Johannes Strolz (AUT), bronze:
“It was really tough today, as the course was super fast. I tried to find the perfect synergy between attacking and tactics, which seemed to work well. Although I obviously had hoped to be on the podium I didn't dare to think it would actually happen. I hope to be able to fight for another medal in this Championships, but don't think I have any good chances besides the giant slalom".