KOSTELIĆ WINS FIRST SUPER G BRONZE
Cause for celebration for Fischer: Ivica Kostelić (CRO) won the first medal in the first men's event at the Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER). The bronze medal in Super G means something very special to the World Cup leader: it is the first WCH medal for Croatia in a speed event. "The second thing that makes this medal shine even brighter is this hill. I think people will talk about this hill and the race for some time to come," says Kostelić, proud of his achievement in a race in which 30 racers did not make it to the finish line. "I thought that the more experienced athletes would set the pace today. It was a special race, extremely tough and completely different to the others. Visibility wasn't ideal either, despite the good weather," says the medallist.
Kostelić has made no secret of the fact that as leader in the overall World Cup, the WCH does not have top priority. However, he is now absolutely delighted about winning bronze. It was hugs all round with sister Janica and his colleagues when it became certain that he would stay in third place. "My goal was one medal and I've achieved that already today. This means that I can now go into the next races a little more relaxed."