WONDERFUL HOSP WEEKEND IN ST. MORITZ
After a lean spell that had lasted since December 2010, third place on Friday was the first podium finish in over a year. Hosp laid the foundation stone for her success in the first Super Combined event at the St. Moritz World Cup weekend with a good run in the Downhill. She was placed seventh after this and then went on to ski a good Slalom race which saw her climb up to third place. The race on Sunday, however, was a completely different matter. The racer from Bichlbach was only in 28th place after the Super-G – an ideal place for the Slalom. In a tightly set course Hosp made good use of the hard piste and started her fight to make ground good. An outstanding fastest time in the race saw her climb up 25 places, beaten only by the two top favourites Höfl-Riesch (GER) and Vonn (USA).
Carved her way out of the crisis
Some may think that tactics played a role. But 28th place after the Super-G and a good starting position for the Slalom were not planned. After recent weeks Niki Hosp was definitely not in the mood for tactics: "The success on Friday was a such a huge weight off my shoulders that I couldn't really build up the necessary excitement for the Super-G. But everything worked out in the end and I'm overjoyed!" The 28-year-old was finally able once again to show what she is capable of. "My performance in training sessions has always been OK, I was fast the whole time. But it never worked out in the races. This was a whole new situation for me. I see myself a bit like a racehorse, being able to step up a gear on the day." Since the races in Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA) and Kranjska Gora (SLO), however, any doubts have been left well and truly behind her. "These are all small steps I'm taking on the road back to success and I'm on the right track!"