Felix Neureuther tops the frist run of Schladming's Night Slalom
As usually on the Tuesday after Kitzbuehel, Schladming stages his traditional Night Slalom, the 6th of this year’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup. More than 40’000 people were already present for the first run, which highly motivates the 83 athletes from 27 nations that kicked off the start gate today.
With bib number 1, Germany’s Felix Neureuther laid down a very strong and flawless run.
“I tried to take advantage of my bib number 1,” said Neureuther. “I changed my setup a little bit, and since yesterday in the training, I have this feeling that the skiing is good again. So I’m pretty happy to show that I can be fast, at least in one run. Now it’s up to me to hold on my lead in the second run.”
As the racers came down, the excellent performance from Neureuther became more and more obvious. No one but Italy’s Stefano Gross managed to ski in the same second than the German. The current 6th from the slalom ranking, thanks to his podium in Wengen’s slalom, managed to ski only +0.53 off Neureuther’s pace.
Red bib holder Henrik Kristoffersen was helpless in the finish area and could not explain where he lost +1.10 on Neureuther.
“I have no idea,” said Kristoffersen. “The feeling was good, I don’t understand where I lost time on Felix. Everything is possible in the second run, but +1.10 is a lot, especially on this slope.”
Local superstar Marcel Hirscher apparently had a problem with his glasses and lost more and more time as the course went on. He sits in the 22nd position with a disadvantage of +2.59.
The second run starts at 20.45. Make sure you tune in to know who took the famous Night Race from Schladming.