Junior Worlds: Odermatt claims incredible 5th gold
(Davos, Switzerland) Local hero Marco Odermatt made history on 6th February 2018 by taking his fifth straight Junior World Championship gold with a win in giant slalom, a title he also took in the 2016 edition.
The 20-year-old has thus won every event he competed in: downhill, super-G, alpine combined, giant slalom and the team event. While he will not compete in the remaining slalom, he has now equalled Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) for most Junior World Championship gold medals with six. Taking five gold medals in one edition, however, is a new record.
“This is incredible to me. We have celebrated every medal so far and they just kept coming. I am extremely happy with my results here at Junior Worlds. It is still a big step to World Cup level, so there is lots of work ahead of me.”
On the challenging slope in Davos, Odermatt bested Austria’s Fabio Gstrein by 0.97 seconds for the win, with Bulgaria’s Albert Popov joining them. The 20–year-old Bulgarian who trains with the German Team powered his way to third place, +1.32 seconds off the pace. After the slalom, he will travel to the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
The event saw 129 participants from 36 nations.
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After nine medal events, Switzerland still leads the medal standings with ten medals ahead of Austria with eight and also sits atop the Marc Hodler Trophy standings which awards the best team performance.
Action continues with the men’s slalom on 7th February starting at 9:15 and 13:15 CET.
Follow the event on livestream: https://www.swiss-ski.ch/davos2018