Emma Aicher raised her arms excitedly, and then the great German skiing hope sank, exhausted but happy, into the snow. At the first World Cup of the season in St. Moritz, Switzerland, the 20-year-old reached the world elite in the high-alpine sport with star Mikaela Shiffrin’s 91st win. As a top-six finisher, Eicher was faster than teammate Kira Weidel, who finished in Ninth.
“I hope things continue in this direction, that would be nice,” Eicher told ARD. She has already won a World Cup bronze and an Olympic silver medal in the team event, but has only finished in the top 10 at the World Cup twice so far, in the slalom in Flachau in January (9th) and in the Super-G in Kvitjell (5th). ). Now this hugely talented athlete was just 0.26 seconds away from her first podium finish.
In a close race, Keira Weddle was able to at least redeem herself a little from her miserable performance the day before. In Friday’s Super-G, he finished only 26th and then spoke of a “rotten” ride.
But she wasn’t satisfied this time either. The placement “is not where I want to be, but after yesterday it’s okay,” she told ARD.
Fourth downhill success for Shiffrin
Weidle was 0.68 seconds behind Shiffrin and 0.51 seconds behind third-placed Italian Federica Brignone – a time she lost on the middle section of the ‘Corviglia’ route. Escher fared much better. She had been eliminated the previous day in Super-G after a strong start up to that point, and was just 0.43 seconds behind the winner.
As expected, Mikaela Shiffrin had no reason to complain, as she celebrated her fourth downhill victory. The 28-year-old American was 0.15 seconds ahead of the Italian speed queen Sofia Goggia, who won the Super-G race in a superior manner on Friday.
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