HALF-TIME FOR FISCHER AT WSC: 4:0
Four WSC medals – two bronzes, one silver and one gold. This is the story so far for Fischer as the Alpine World Ski Championships enter the hottest phase. Homework has been done and medals have already been won before the most important disciplines for Fischer get underway.
Nicole Hosp (AUT) was the first to make it to the podium. She may have taken some people by surprise but for the Fischer team she was one of the favourites. "Niki was the racer who was on the podium in every Super Combined over the last two seasons," says Fischer Racing Director Siegi Voglreiter, who knew better. And Hosp also showed what she is capable of in the WSC event, winning bronze with a sound performance in the Downhill and the fastest time in the Slalom.
It was Croatia's Ivica Kostelić who clinched the second medal for Fischer. He proved once again to be a safe bet in the Combined. Now the proud owner of silver, Kostelić was happy to have won a medal even though gold seemed to have been within reach after a sensational performance in the Downhill.
This was then followed most recently by gold in an attractive team event for Austrian Philipp Schörghofer and Nicole Hosp and bronze thanks to German racers Lena Dürr and Veronique Hronek. Giant Slalom specialist Schörghofer stood out in particular. In the parallel Slalom, hotshot Hirscher was the only one who was faster.
The start of the technical disciplines on Thursday also meant that the time has now come for Siegi Voglreiter's racing team to really start their engines. The chances look good for Manfred Mölgg (ITA), Philipp Schörghofer, Thomas Fanara (FRA) or Marcus Sandell (FIN) to come up with a sensation in Giant Slalom.
And Fischer will have more than just one iron in the fire in the two Slalom races: Tanja Poutiainen (FIN) has the potential to medal, together with Ivica Kostelić, Jean-Baptiste Grange (FRA), Manfred Mölgg and new signing Giuliano Razzoli (ITA).