BACK ON THE ROAD TO SUCCESS: BRONZE FOR MÖLGG!
Manfred Mölgg's (ITA) good form also earned him a medal today. He won the Slalom medal the Fischer Team was hoping for in the last race of the World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The bronze medal for Mölgg came a little as a surprise as the Italian was not among the top favourites for the race. However, he had already been going from strength to strength again since Kitzbühel and chose the perfect moment for the highlight of the season so far. Mölgg, who was the last but one racer to go into the exciting second run, would not have had anything against winning gold or silver either: "I was indeed hoping to see my name in first place when I crossed the finish line but I'm absolutely delighted with the medal. Unfortunately I hit a bump in the final flat part of the course which slowed me down somewhat, so I'm still very satisfied."
In the end Mölgg was beaten only by two outstanding Slalom racers: France's Jean-Baptiste Grange and Jens Byggmark (SWE). Fischer is also happy about Byggmark's achievement as the company's new VACUUM FIT boot has played a key role in the Swede's growing success since the beginning of December.
Regrettably the Croatian team had less cause for celebration. After his tremendous bronze medal in the Super G Ivica Kostelić unfortunately finished today's race without a medal. The actual favourite for the Slalom title had to settle for eighth place after not finding his rhythm in the race – which is something unusual for him. Julien Cousineau, on the other hand, coped very well with the Gudiberg hill. The Canadian skied into an excellent fifth place in the second run, missing out on the podium by a mere 0.26 seconds. Evergreen racer Urs Imboden (MDA) ended his final WCH race in 14th place.