Alpine skiing: Mayer is the leader of a compact ÖSV speed team – winter sports – alpine skiing

With fewer World Cup races under their feet than planned, the speed drivers are starting their journey from North America to Europe again.

In Lake Louise and Beaver Creek, however, the ÖSV has made the positive decision that it currently has the strongest downhill team. Carinthian ski ace Matthias Mayer, in second position in the overall World Cup, is still not a contender for the big ball for racing director Andreas Puelacher – at least not yet.

ÖSV men’s boss Puelacher sticks to what he said before the start of the season. “In the overall World Cup there are clearly other favorites if you look at the Odermatt. And the Pinturault will score very well in the technical disciplines. I have always said that I want to be ready with athletes as soon as the others weaken. There is still a long way to go early to think about the overall World Cup. “

After six races (1x giant slalom, 1x parallel, 2x downhill, 2x Super-G) the Swiss Marco Odermatt (346) leads ahead of Mayer (310) and the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (229), defending champion Alexis Pinturault (FRA) is sixth ( 125) – All INFO about the World Cup!

At the weekend, a giant slalom and the first slalom of the season on the steep slope in the French Olympic and World Cup location Val d’Isere await the ski aces – (results & dates).

Slalom ball winner Marco Schwarz is back on skis after his ankle injury, in Alta Badia he could return to the race track before Christmas.

No ÖSV celebration without a ma (i) yer! What once applied to Hermann Maier now also applies to the 31-year-old son of the former Kärtner ÖSV athlete Helmut Mayer. Double Olympic champion “Mothl” Mayer got off to a strong start into the winter.

With victory and second place in the downhill as well as second and fourth place in the Super-G, he wrote strongly that a top result was almost achieved in the giant slalom in Sölden, but he did not finish the second run at the season opener.

Mr. Puelacher: “Matthias has matured a lot in recent years”

Mayer celebrates with Adler, Kilde & Feuz on the podium

Photo: © GEPA

“You can see that he is in shape. Matthias has matured a lot in recent years. He has become a great personality in the team, he knows exactly what he needs, he knows exactly what is important in the whole game”, explains a visibly impressed Puelacher. The 57-year-old Tyrolean from Oberhofen bei Telfs continues: “In terms of materials, Mayer is well equipped, he also has the set-up under control. That is the routine, the experience that people who are around 30 years old get in the speed area. Man not only allowed to highlight Matthias, we also have others who are good, but at the moment Matthias is the leader. “

Double world champion Vincent Kriechmayr was second in the downhill from Lake Louise behind Mayer, in Beaver Creek the Upper Austrian had two fifth places in the Super-G and a ninth place in the downhill.

“He started very well in Lake Louise. In Beaver Creek there were nuances as to why Vinc was not right at the front. We looked at the video analyzes that we do every day, and then there really isn’t much left for him to be right at the front . Only in the downhill it was a bit too flawed, but I’m not worried about him, “says the head coach.

ÖSV-Speed-Team clearly ahead of Switzerland and Norway in the descent

If you look at the point tables, Austria’s men are clearly first in the downhill with 464 points, ahead of Switzerland with 276 and Norway with 170. Because in addition to the ÖSV top duo, Max Franz also booked fifth and 25th place, as well as Daniel Hemetsberger ( 14th, 8th), Otmar Striedinger (15th, 21st), Daniel Danklmaier (16th, 11th) and Christian Walder (22nd) World Cup counters for the local ski association.

“Our goal was to bring the second guard closer to the top people, and we succeed step by step. We are permanently with six people under the 30. If you have six people under the 30 as a team, that’s of course great. And if you have the two or three people in front who cover the podium, you score a lot as a nation. “

The team is becoming more and more compact and the Austrians are the strongest overall, Puelacher noted. In the Super-G, Switzerland is with 379 points after two races ahead of Austria with 323.





Text: © LAOLA1.at


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