Marco Odermatt, the winner of the men’s giant slalom event at the Olympic Games, topped the first run of the first men’s World Cup race on Sunday.
On the challenging glacier in the Austrian Alps, the Swiss skier had an almost perfect run, which allowed him to create a lead of more than four-tenths of a second over the Norwegian skier who was in second place, Lucas Braathen.
In the previous season, Odermatt was victorious in this competition, marking the first of his five triumphs in the GS category on his way to winning his maiden overall title.
The.41 second deficit that Norway’s Braathen had to make up in the second run was enough to prevent him from winning the traditional season opener in the year 2020. At least.69 of a second behind Odermatt was the rest of the competition, which was led by Slovenia’s Zan Kranjec.
Odermatt stated that
“Just half of the job is done” at this point. “I’m crossing my fingers that the second attempt is just as successful. When compared to prior seasons, I arrived here with a much more calm and collected attitude.
Henrik Kristoffersen was the only other racer except Odermatt to win a World Cup giant slalom during the previous season, but the Norwegian made a mistake that cost him dearly coming onto the flats, and he ended 0.95 seconds behind the leader.
Kristoffersen made a remarkable decision to switch his ski equipment during the offseason, leaving his long-term supplier Rossignol to join the new Van Deer-Red Bull brand founded by his former adversary Marcel Hirscher, the record eight-time overall champion who retired three years ago. This move was made during the offseason.
River Radamus was the most formidable competitor for a spot on the United States ski team. A year after achieving a career-best sixth place finish at this race, Radamus posted the 11th time in the opening run, which was 1.37 seconds behind Odermatt’s pace.
One day after the women’s race was called off because of rain and slushy snow, the men’s race went place under clear blue sky and sunny conditions.
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