Marco Odermatt skis into a new role
The 2018-19 World Cup season has now come to an end with the technical disciplines in Soldeu. Ski brand Stöckli can be very pleased with the performances of its top athletes, men and women, but in second order there is still room to move up.
If you look back at Stöckli and the technical disciplines of slalom and giant slalom, then three performance stand-outs are Viktoria Rebensburg, Aline Danioth and Marco Odermatt. “These three have really given us a lot of joy,” concludes head of racing Beni Matti in first order. Above all, Marco Odermatt skied into the spotlight and after his recent performances the skier from Nidwalden will take on a new role in the 2019-20 World Cup season, Matti is quite sure. “Marco has shown he is a champion. And his development still hasn’t finished at 21 years. Marco and his runs will certainly be looked at and analyzed more closely now by his successful competitors.” This assumption by Stöckli’s head of racing seems to be rather spot-on. Because Odermatt contests his races aggressively, taking certain risks, but never losing his head, he has already shown huge maturity and racing intelligence in addition to his talent. And this entire package is a promise for the future.
“Marco is in position 7 on the World Cup Start List and thus will be in the first group to start at the 2019-20 World Cup opener in Sölden. “That is stupendous,” Matti says. “He has developed far beyond our expectations over the season. And not only in the giant slalom, but also in the Super G.” Based on the top results in February and March, one simply must regret that the season didn’t last a little longer, Matti adds. It definitely paid off for Stöckli to have invested something when it came to gear for Odermatt. “But that it would already have paid off this year with two World Cup podium finishes, we never expected that.” Part of that means, too, higher expectations from the outside and that is another important aspect of development. “Odermatt himself wants more. And he has shown with his best times that a win is also possible for him.”
Viktoria Rebensburg delivered too – not only in the speed disciplines with a win and two podium finishes, but also in the giant slalom with three podium finishes. “Too bad it wasn’t enough this season for her to get a win in the giant slalom. That she skis fast turns and can mix it up right at the front is something she has demonstrated many times,” sums up Matti. Rebensburg herself noted after the race in Soldeu that it was precisely in the giant slalom that she sometimes made “stupid mistakes,” and that’s why she was not able to be totally in the running in the battle for the crystal globe.
When it comes to Aline Danioth, she showed herself quite positively in the slalom which she competed in for the first winter in Stöckli gear. The 21-year-old from Uri closed out the season in 17th on the World Cup Start List and thus just barely missed the selection for the top Swiss Ski team (National Team). “That would have been the frosting on the cake. If in Soldeu she had been able to bring the second run in to the finish, that would have likely been enough,” says Matti with regret about Danioth’s exit from the last World Cup race of the season. Like in the giant slalom with Andrea Ellenberger, Danioth became one of the much-watched climbers this season by the media, one that has A-team status.
With a big need to catch up Matti is finding his bearings with Danioth in the giant slalom. And indeed there is still potential for development. “Regarding Jasmina Suter, Carole Bissig or Nicole Good there was both good and bad. One of the tasks will be to do some clean analysis with them so next winter the good will be dominate.”