Alexander Khoroshilov (RUS)
FIRST SLALOM VICTORY OF THE SEASON FOR KOSTELIĆ THANKS TO A MENISCUS INJURY
Knee trouble, back playing up. There's no stopping Ivica Kostelić when victory is within reach. At the end of what can only be described as a 'so-so' season the Croatian still managed to post his first win in his strongest discipline – Slalom. Even a torn meniscus couldn't hold back the 33-year-old from victory in the last but one World Cup Slalom in Kranjska Gora (SLO).
Injury motivated to take full risk
In fact, the opposite was true. The torn meniscus even prompted Kostelić to mobilise all his strength again and step up a gear: "When my meniscus tore a few days ago I thought to myself, OK, now you can risk everything because there's nothing to lose. You're going to need surgery anyway. Nothing else can happen." An operation set him free, so to speak, but the basis came from elsewhere: "It was a difficult day for all of us. The race was pretty extreme but we often train in such conditions," said Kostelić, whose uncommon training methods were to his advantage in the race.
Fifth place and satisfaction for Herbst
The story with Reinfried Herbst seems to be a slightly different one to that of Kostelić. He finally managed to draw attention to himself again in impressive style following his injury in summer. And with a certain amount of satisfaction. Fifth place was enough to bring a smile and a relieved look to his face again: "After not being nominated for the WSC Slalom I feel a sense of satisfaction today!" Besides his emotions, the Austrian racer also sees the practical side of his third top-ten result this winter. "The points are very important for the next bib numbers and above all in terms of motivation for the next season as well."
Concentrating on World Cup final
Manfred Mölgg (ITA) struggled with the conditions in the race. The WSC bronze medallist finished the race in ninth place but wants to put it behind him as quickly as possible so he can concentrate on the final in Lenzerheide (SUI). Fellow Italian Patrick Thaler finished in eleventh place and Russian Alexandr Khoroshilov rounded off the Fischer result by finishing 22nd. He has already finished among the top 30 eight times this season. Despite this, however, he has just missed out on a starting place in the World Cup final. Ranked 26th, he missed out on a ticket for the best 25 by a mere five points.