THIRD PLACE SURPRISE – KOSTELIĆ IN TOP FORM IN SLALOM AND COMBINED
Third, fourth, sixth, and to top it all off, a Hahnenkamm winner! These were the results for the Fischer Racing Team today. Ivica Kostelić (CRO) finished in third place for what was an unexpected podium in the World Cup Slalom in Kitzbühel. He also won the classic Combined race for the fourth time. Once again he can call himself the winner of the Hahnenkamm.
Top result without the best two
The New Year has been encouraging so far. Ivica Kostelić feeling strong again, Manfred Mölgg (ITA) with nerves of steel and the return of a legend – Jean-Baptiste Grange (FRA), who is back in business after injury. "We had three athletes in the top ten again in today's race. And the two racers who were considered to be the strongest today didn't finish the race," says Racing Director Siegi Voglreiter, all set for the World Championships. He was of course speaking about Manfred Mölgg and J.-B. Grange. Mölgg, who currently dominates in training, regrettably made an early exit from the Ganslern course after only a few gates. Grange was strong and had everything going for him in the first run but an inside ski error got the better of him and he
likewise skied out.
Four times Hahnenkamm winner sad about classic Combined
Ivica Kostelić was delighted about third place in the Slalom. "It was a lucky race for me today. After eleventh place in the first run I didn't think a podium was within reach. But I knew that Benni Raich was in the lead. I know how he skis, it's a smooth style, so that's precisely what I did," and the Croatian took the lead as a result. Only high fliers Marcel Hirscher (AUT) and Felix Neureuther (GER) were able to leave the Croatian trailing. But he was in a class of his own in the Combined standings. Hardly a surprise that Kostelić is not happy about the possibility of an end to the Combined event. "Our time here in this circus is limited. The Combined has outlived all of us so far. The first competition was in 1928 – this is more than tradition!"
Razzoli – one for the list for the WSC
Beside all the discussions and scandals that Kitzbühel once again had to offer this year, there was one Olympic winner who made quite an impression – Giuliano Razzoli. With today's fourth place he took another step in the direction of the world's best. With second place in the tight first run the Italian was in a good position. In the nail-biting finish of the second run, however, he didn't make it to the podium but was still pleased about fourth place – his best result of the season so far. Just like team colleague Patrick Thaler who, after finishing sixth in Levi and tenth in Zagreb, today celebrated his third top-ten result.