He also mentioned upcoming young athletes. For two years, Hirscher was a Frenchman, Clement Noel. The fourth slalom of the Olympic Games in Pyongzhan in February was the third in Finland after the first round, in the second round it was doomed to the first place on the way to the top (26th / without points because of too long lag). “I said two years ago that he would be one for the future, and I was right,” said Hirscher about the junior world champion slalom.
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“There are a couple of regular turbo, there are several boys who behave very ruthlessly,” said the seven-time winner of the World Cup. “I remember that year when I entered. The result is not now, Noel does not interfere, of course, he is very sorry, but it does not twitch your confidence, it makes him even better, even stronger "If he comes to what he wants, he attacks, there is no calculus inside, he pushes us, everything is on the map, ”said Hirscher.
Young runners appear in Levi
Other, public yet obscure athletes, made on Sunday in the high points north of the Arctic Circle. First of all, the Swiss Tanguy Nef, who went to his eleventh place in his debut on the eve of his 22nd birthday with number 40 and received "madness" in recognition of Hirscher. 21-year-old Bulgarian Alexander Popov took 20th place in 20th place. He first scored his ninth World Cup.
German Anton Tremmel (23) was in good shape until shortly before the finish in the second round, but starter number 74 dropped from 17th to 27th place (without points because of too much delay). With Simen Ramberg Christensen in the first round of the current Norwegian slalom championship and World Cup debut from the talent test, the 25-year-old retiree finished 23rd in the final after the semi-finals.
Strong team result
The expectations of the Austrians “behind” Hirscher were consistently high for several years, and they made a strong showing. Michael Matt missed the podium in seventh place, by 1.58 seconds, Christian Hirshbühl finished eighth (1.66), Manuel Feller ninth (1.70) and Marco Schwartz Center (1.73). In addition, the first place in the slalom took the 15th place of Johannes Strolz, who wrote for the third time at the World Championships.
“As a team, it was a very good result,” said Feller. “Two tenths should have been faster, then it would be an incredible result, I think we can take it with us, five people in the top 10. The coaches are pleased, but, of course, we want more, we know that we are still a bit of a catch-up, ”said the Tyrolean man with a view of Hirscher and Kristoferssen.
A space on the front prepares the Olympics for Matt the third without a headache. I don’t worry about it, because I rode a ski model I used to train for three days, so we’re still ready to train so that we can take a step forward and then it has to fit. ”