After three failures in the first round, Loc Meillard could no longer judge Switzerland’s decision. Faivre unexpectedly wins.
After all, someone on the stage speaks Swiss German. Far left, Luca de Alebrandini, an Italian from South Tyrol, in a sky-blue suit, accepts his medal and hangs it. He won the silver in Giant Slalom and has never been on the podium before. “It’s unbelievable,” he says.
For the 30-year-old, it’s the most magical moment of his career. Michel Jezzine stands in the finish area and cheers him on, as she is De Alebrandini’s partner, and there is no longer a Swiss contact at the medal ceremony. About five hours earlier, Marco Odermatt said, “This is the blackest day in my professional life.”
The Swiss will face defeat on Friday in the race in which they have scored more goals. “If you look at the training courses, there should be three of us on the stage,” says Odermat. Disappointed by a third of the Swiss quartet in the group, Odermatt was eliminated, as were Gino Caviezel and Justin Morizier.
Second Gold by Faivre, Bitterness for Pinturault
Still Loïc Meillard, the fit man who should have won gold in parallel races, was super strong all day. He finally failed due to the regulations, but won a bronze medal. Now he also has to say: “The best is at the top, they deserve it.”
He himself is not one of them this time, next to De Aliprandini Marco Schwartz and world champion Matteo Vever, this time he clearly moved more than after the gold medal in the parallel race, as he has not yet been able to classify whether this title was and what it means to him. The race was bitter for fellow Pfeiffer Alexis Pintorault. Crown Favorite as the captain was eliminated after the first half in Decision after a few goals.
The defeat of the Swiss national team in the most stupid moment
Millard is fifth on this spring-like evening, and the result was a disappointment for the group. The bitter defeat of the Swiss national team comes at the most stupid moment, when not many expect it. And then, when it was totally impossible, on the hottest days of winter, when it came to medals and not points at the World Cup.
At least one Swiss has climbed the podium in every giant slalom race this season. Now there is confusion, disappointment and anger. “A World Cup to be forgotten,” says Caviezel. The results of the Swiss men are sober, the big stories are written by the women so far, they’ve won six medals out of nine, and the bronze medals remain from Millard and Pete Fuse for men.
Slalom racing as a last chance
Millard and Odermatt are still young, and this setback could be beneficial for Naidwalden in particular, better than he might think after these two weeks in Cortina. For him, things went so sharply at the World Cup that at one point he was disappointed.
Millard has a chance to win a third medal in the slalom race on Sunday. And to save the men’s balance sheet almost single-handedly. (the master)
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