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After a hell of a ride in Wengen: Dominik Paris is back on the podium – Alpine skiing

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After a hell of a ride in Wengen: Dominik Paris is back on the podium - Alpine skiing

Dominik Paris finished on the podium in the traditional Lauberhorn downhill. © ANSA / PETER SCHNEIDER

The descent in Wengen is not for the faint-hearted. This also became clear on Saturday, when even the top skiers didn’t make mistakes when they crossed the finish line of the longest descent in the Ski World Cup circuit. In the end, three big names in skiing were able to celebrate podium finishes.

January 15, 2022Author: cstVincent Kriechmayr (AUT), in front of Beat Feuz (SUI/+0.34 seconds) and Dominik Paris (Ulten/+0.44): This is what the winner’s podium of the traditional Lauberhorn downhill 2022 looks like. The three veterans completed the race best, although they also made mistakes on a track that was difficult to control. Wengen newcomer Marco Odermatt (SUI) missed the podium by two hundredths in his first downhill race from the top.

While Kriechmayr celebrated his second victory in front of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, it is the second podium finish for Paris after 2020 (2nd). After the last three races without a podium finish, the 32-year-old from St. Walburg’s mini dry spell has come to an end in Ulten. In addition, Paris has recaptured the red jersey from Saturday’s winner Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (7th place / +0.98). After the victory in Bormio shortly before the turn of the year, the 3rd place in Wengen is Paris’ second podium finish in the current World Cup season.

Kriechmayr celebrates with an exception

Kriechmayr celebrated his tenth World Cup victory on Saturday, the first of the current season. The Upper Austrian would not have been allowed to start in Wengen at all if the FIS had not given an exception (SportNews reported). “I hope that this regulation will also be applied to other athletes in the future,” said Kriechmayr in an ORF interview after his Wengen victory.
Carlo Janka said goodbye to the World Cup circuit. © ANSA / PETER SCHNEIDER

Christof Innerhofer made a big mistake in the middle part of the course, which cost Gaiser a lot of time. In the end, Innerhofer lost 1.85 seconds to winner Kriechmayr and thus missed out on the top 10. Carlo Janka, who competed in his last World Cup race and was welcomed at the finish with a farewell banner, provided an emotional moment.

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