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Zauchensee: Kira Weidle storms onto the podium in the descent – Sofia Goggia falls in Gut-Behrami victory

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Zauchensee: Kira Weidle storms onto the podium in the descent - Sofia Goggia falls in Gut-Behrami victory


Kira Weidle smiled enthusiastically when Wolfgang Maier almost tenderly stroked her head – and that was the secret of her success. “It’s all in my head,” said Weidle after her strong second place in the downhill in Zauchensee, her best World Cup result. Because the head of the World Cup runners-up had not played as hoped this winter, their coup at the calf hole was tantamount to a liberation. “That means a lot to me,” said Weidle, “especially because the first races didn’t go that way .” Her fourth “podium” ride in the World Cup gives “of course self-confidence for the Olympics” in Beijing (from February 4th). “I do believe that the result takes a load off her,” said Alpinchef Maier. After the poor start to the season, Weidle “quarreled with herself and her performance”. But while speed queen Sofia Goggia once again wanted too much on the demanding route and crashed, Weidle drove tactically clever. “It was a super cool race,” she said – just at the right time: The Olympic downhill will be up in a month. Weidle, said Maier, has now proven “that she’s one of the absolute top runners in downhill racing.” Only 0.10 seconds separated them from the Swiss winner of the day, Lara Gut-Behrami. “It’s not much and it annoys me a bit,” said Weidle. But that was forgotten at the award ceremony, she splashed with sparkling wine and took a deep sip from the bottle.

Liberation after a difficult start to the season

“Back on the podium, that’s the main thing,” said the 25-year-old, “there are still a few races this season, including a few big, important ones. At some point, hundredth luck will be on my side again.” In the course of the season so far, Weidle hadn’t even come close to the podium. The start at Lake Louise was decent with seventh and tenth places, but she wasn’t happy with it at all. Her expectations, she reported, were “very, very high” after the World Cup medal and the strong finish last season. When the results didn’t come immediately, she cramped – her head. She had “to nibble,” said Maier. Heavy fall on the descent: Olympic favorite Goggia crashes Weidle also had her problems with her role as a German lone fighter in the speed area. Every weaker result now weighs more heavily “because the focus is 100 percent on me – there is no one else,” she said. She had to learn to deal with that. But now, she said, “I can do it”. Another mental training during the Christmas break helped. In Zauchensee, she was relaxed and had “really fun” skiing. “That,” said Weidle and grinned, “is the key to my success.” You might also be interested in this: Sander waives the second Wengen descent: “It’s got the worm in it” (with SID) “As if from a single source!” Gut-Behrami snatches victory from WeidleRuhpoldingForm crisis continues: women’s relay misses the podium againYESTERDAY AT 15:14WengenDebacle on the Lauberhorn: German downhillers disappoint in WengenYESTERDAY AT 13:10


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