For the ÖSV women, there was a good smack in slalom 2 in Levi on Sunday.
Katarina Linsberger finished 8th ahead of Michaela Schiffrin as the best Austrian, Katarina Troupe 21st. All other red-white-red athletes missed the second round or were eliminated.
“We certainly expected more,” women’s team coach Thomas Trinker wasn’t entirely happy after racing on “ORF.” Loudly criticizing Styria’s first weekend’s performance and results.
“I would say: What happened to us is unacceptable,” Trinker says. “But now it has happened, he needs to analyze and then hopefully there will be more attacking in the next race.”
“Technically, the attack is not up to par.”
The racers were very careful and erratic across the board, and once again Linsberger embellished the overall result with a top ten finish, but overall the team’s performance was scary.
“Technically, we’re not at the level we expect. We’re not at the level offensively, we’re making a lot of mistakes. It adds up and you can’t keep up. The competition is very strong, and they’re coming in a few boys too. We have to stretch ourselves a bit so we can Keep up with it. The potential is there, and the girls must use it now,” Trinker knows that nothing is given to his minions.
The fact that some athletes have taken steps forward and that other countries have offered new hope has been acknowledged in the ÖSV camp. But the focus is on your development.
“Of course we had other, higher targets, but we didn’t really perform well, so it’s no wonder when you get results like this. The question now is what needs to be done to change that as quickly as possible.”
Of course there is a little uncertainty.
Giant slalom (Saturday) and another slalom (Sunday) are already on the agenda in Killington next weekend.
Big changes will not be possible until then, much more important is “raising girls”.
Trinker says hope after the first weekend of skiing not yet.
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