Germany's Fritz Dopfer leading the first slalom run
The Kitzbuehel week-end traditionnaly wraps up with a slalom on the Ganslern course. This hill is well-known for having a lot of terrain and with the fast and irregular course setting from a Swedish coach, this Audi FIS Ski World slalom became very spectacular.
Germany’s Fritz Dopfer clocked the fastest time in the first run. “I think I mastered the tricky sections in a good way. I tried to ski smart, especially the first roll, and it worked out pretty good, I’m happy with my run.”
The defending champion from Sweden Mattias Hargin didn’t have the same feelings after his run and yet he was only +0.18 behind Dopfer “I’m happy I was skiing fast because I felt terrible, it’s a really difficult course. Our coach set the course, but on this hill there is so much terrain, it’s really challenging. But it was fun as well and hopefully I can keep pushing like this.”
Bib number 21 Marco Schwarz is the surprise of the day, with a very strong run that placed him in 3rd position of this first run. The young Austrian already claimed a World Cup podium this season in Madonna di Campiglio, but he was never close to the lead in the first run. “I need to be focused, like in the first run, to memorize the turns and the terrain and then push hard during the race.”
On this steep and icy hill, no single mistake is allowed. Some of the favorite struggled to keep in the rythme and will have to attack from the back in the second run. Marcel Hirscher and Aleksander Khoroshilov tie on the 4th position, +0.34 off Dopfer’s pace and slalom ranking leader Henrik Kristoffersen is 12th, +0.83 back.
It will be interesting to see who can make up time in the second run, starting at 13.30.