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Super G win for Kriechmeier in Quettaville and Odermatt in third place

Super G win for Kriechmeier in Quettaville and Odermatt in third place

Kriechmeier said after winning his 18th World Cup, especially down the stretch, that he was “pretty much at the limit with anger in his stomach” over an earlier mistake. This winter he also won the inaugural Super-G race in Val Gardena in December. Due to the limited visibility at the top and the potential for ice to form on the goggles, a backup start was used this time in Kftfjell, reducing the travel time to just under 70 seconds.

Kriechmeier confirmed that his second place in the downhill race the previous day gave him more self-confidence. “Great weekend for me in Caviteville. I'm happy to be back at this point. Let's see what happens in the end.” In Norway he started to feel more like a sausage, less nervous. “Maybe I'll be more able to execute with that mentality.”

Odermatt is now 81 points ahead of the top Austrian team in the standings, and therefore needs to win the final, while Odermatt will have to miss the top 14 at the same time. “There's no chance there,” Krechmeier says plainly. “I didn't think about the ball before the start and I don't think about it now.”

There were also points for Rafael Haaser (+0.35) in ninth place, and Christoph Kren and Stefan Babinski (both +0.60) in 15th place, for example. and Lucas Fürstein (+0.62), who came in 17th place. Daniel Dunkelmayer (36th) and Andreas Bleuer (41st) missed countless things, and Otmar Stridinger was eliminated. In addition to Kriechmeier and Haaser, ÖSV's Babinski, Dunkelmeier and Fürstein also secured a Super-G ticket for Saalbach.

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Haaser, who remains third in the discipline standings, said he had a “clean ride overall, except for the Tommy Moe corner.” He completely missed the corridor, named after the 1994 Olympic champion, “and opened my sacrum there.” Babinski said he was not satisfied. “Yesterday and today, I simply could not manage a flawless rally from start to finish. However, there were parts of it that were very, very good.

Odermatt is now almost certain of his third overall World Cup victory. Purely mathematically, four other athletes – Cyprien Sarrazin, Manuel Feller, Kriechmeier and Loic Millard – could overtake the 26-year-old. But that would require victories in all 11 remaining races, while Odermatt is unlikely to score any points, which is completely unrealistic.

A four-week break for pure speedsters now begins, during which only technical competitions are scheduled. “It's definitely not helpful. There are definitely some things that need to be done better in planning,” said Hasser, who, as a giant slalom athlete, does not have to wait that long for his next appearance. There is also a general consensus among drivers However, the inaugural sprint race should be held in Lake Louise, Canada, rather than Zermatt/Cervinia, where there has not yet been a World Cup race due to the weather.