A weekend with mixed outcomes
World Cup points for the speed skiers and women slalom skiers, bad luck for Andrea Ellenberger ,and Viktoria Rebensburg comes up with nil. The first overseas World Cup weekend really had something to offer.
A lot was planned for the giant slalom in Killington, and on the list was a podium finish. But that Saturday turned out in the end a bit disappointing for Viktoria Rebensburg. After the first run, the Stöckli skier from Bavaria was already a half-second behind the leaders, although a podium finish was still in reach. So Rebensburg made the decision to attack, was also really fast and on the way to a best – until disaster struck. The 29-year-old German made a mistake, oversteered and had to drop. “It just wasn’t my day”, said the 2010 Olympic champion and last year’s winner at Killington.
It went better for Stöckli’s speed skiers in Canada. Urs Kryenbühl managed a superior performance in Saturday’s downhill. The Swyz with bib number 42 mastered the technical sections of “Fall Away” with speed and aplomb and managed a fine 22nd place, gaining World Cup points. However, 24 hours later, it didn’t go as well. Of course it was right there, where on the previous day he was so impressive, that he slid out and had to abandon the Super G. In the end Dustin Cook (16th), Stefan Rogentin (19th), Martin Cater (20th) and Marco Odermatt (25th) all secured World Cup points. “It really went well, and I’m quite pleased that I could start the season in this way”, said Rogentin, who hadn’t qualified for the downhill. “I feel like I’m in good shape and of course, the gear worked great. On the upper and lower sections my run was really good, although in the middle there was definitely a bit of air. I look forward to Beaver Creek”, said the 24-year-old from Graubünden.
The unlucky one of the weekend in Stöckli’s view was Andrea Ellenberger. The giant slalom specialist missed the cut for the second run in Killington by just barely 0.10 seconds. “I’m not really disappointed; really, I’m more angry with myself”, said the 25-year-old from Hergiswil. “You can really find a tenth of a second anywhere in the analysis. I certainly lost more than this tenth of a second in the last section. After a mistake I lost my line and had to cover too much area.” Ellenberger is heading back to Switzerland now and is then immediately off to Sweden where the first race on the Europe Cup schedule is taking place.
On Sunday, Carole Bissig and Aline Danioth could make up in the slalom what they missed Saturday in the giant slalom: Both of them secured World Cup points. Danioth from Uri, as 18th, matched her best World Cup result in the slalom to date.
Lake Louise (CAN). World Cup Downhill, Men:1. Max Franz (AUT) 1:46.18. 2. Christof Innerhofer (ITA) +0.28. 3. Dominik Paris (AUT) +0.54. 4. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) +0.57. 5. Johan Clarey (FRA) +0.64. 6. Beat Feuz (SUI) +0.67. 67. Thomas Dressen (GER) +0.78. 8. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) and Matthias Mayer (AUT) +0.80. 10. Johannes Kröll (AUT) +1.04. – Also: 22. Urs Kryenbühl (SUI/Stöckli) +1.66. 31. Martin Cater (SLO/Stöckli) +2.17. 51. Marco Odermatt (SUI/Stöckli) +3.28.
Lake Louise (CAN). World Cup Super G, Men: 1. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) 1:33.52. 2. Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) +0.14. 3. Mauro Caviezel (SUI) +0.21. 4. Hannes Reichelt (AUT) +0.44. 5. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) +0.57. 6. Matthias Mayer (AUT) +0.65. 7. Adrien Theaux (FRA) +0.88. 8. Adrian Smiseth Sejersted (NOR) +0.89. 9. Thomas Dressen (GER) +0.94. 10. Beat Feuz (SUI) +0.97. – Also: 16. Dustin Cook (CAN/Stöckli) +1.26. 19. Stefan Rogentin (SUI/Stöckli) +1.44. 20. Martin Cater (SLO/Stöckli) +1.46. 25. Marco Odermatt (SUI/Stöckli) +1.56. – DNF: Urs Kryenbühl (SUI/Stöckli).
Killington (USA). World Cup Giant Slalom, women: 1. Federica Brignone (ITA) 1:51.33. 2. Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR) +0.49. 3. Stephanie Brunner (AUT) +0.78. 4. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) +0.99. 5. Tessa Worley (FRA) +1.01. 6. Wendy Holdener (SUI) +1.31. 7. Petra Vlhova (SVK) +1.33 8. Anna Veith (AUT) +1.36. 9. Katharina Liensberger (AUT) +1.60. 10. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) +2.11. – Non-qualifiers for the second run: 32. Andrea Ellenberger (SUI/Stöckli) +2.20. 45. Aline Danioth (SUI/Stöckli) +3.19. 56. Carole Bissig (SUI/Stöckli) +4.10. – Abandoned in the 2nd run (u.a.): Viktoria Rebensburg (GER/Stöckli).
Killington (USA). World Cup Slalom, Women: 1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 1:43.25. 2. Petra Vlhova (SVK) +0.57. 3. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) +1.08. 4. Bernadette Schild (AUT) +1.41. 5. Michelle Gisin (SUI) +1.93. 6. Wendy Holdener (SUI) +2.37. 7. Anna Swenn-Larsson (SWE) +2.44. 8. Katharina Gallhuber (AUT) +2.94. 9. Katharina Truppe (AUT) +3.32. 10. Lena Dürr (GER) +4.06. – Also: 18. Aline Danioth (SUI/Stöckli) +5.10. 24. Carole Bissig (SUI/Stöckli) +6.20.