Mario Scheiber back on track
He is a happy man. Mario Scheiber was beaming on Wednesday: The reason was his comeback after 11 months of racing break in the first downhill training on the infamous Saslong in Gröden, which is 3446 meters long. Scheiber was feeling good in the middle part, at the wall (Mauer) and on the camel's humps where he was ranking among the fastest as third and fifth placed in the splits.
"A good run, no pain, pure enjoyment - now I can start put on a higher gear gradually," promised Scheiber after rank 16 in the first training. "The North American tour is past, as is the pain in my back. I know what is going on with my body, I know how far to push it and I know I am well-trained, better than ever before in my career. "The race feeling is back" emphasized he after the first test on the Saslong.
The World Cup starts number 100 and 101 (Friday Super-G, Saturday downhill) are ahead, and behind him a long journey with many setbacks, operations, several comebacks and a total of 35 top ten places. "After 13 World Cup podiums it is time for the top spot," says Scheiber who recently also became father. "However, for me the journey is the goal. I am feeling good, the performance is there too and hence the top results."
By Daniel Winkler