THE SEASON IN FIGURES – AND MORE
5 medals at the World Championships in Schladming, 16 top-three results in the World Cup (including 4 victories), 2 retirements. This is the last season in figures.
There is, of course, much more to it than that. Here is a summary:
The 12l13 season got off to an encouraging start. With second place in the first Giant Slalom in Sölden Manfred Mölgg (ITA) showed signs of a promising season – and kept his promise. You could say that the South Tyrolean racer had "only" two podium finishes in the end, but in doing so he made his way back to the world's elite. He went on to post another eleven top-10 results, including four (un)fortunate fourth places. And that's not all: Mölgg also won bronze in the WSC Giant Slalom to round off what was an impressive overall result.
The season got off to a shakier start for Fischer star Ivica Kostelić. He was plagued by back and knee trouble for a long time, lasting until halfway through the season. It was certainly a less than ideal start for the Croatian, with the chances of him repeating his World Cup triumph of 2011 already slipping away in the middle of January. Despite his aches and pains to begin with, however, Kostelić still managed to fight his way back and made it to the podium seven times! A remarkable success, especially in the second half of the season. Fortunately our top athlete was fit again for the WSC in Schladming where he picked up silver in the Combined. A pessimist might say that he lost gold because it was within reach – the optimist (and Kostelić is one) would say: "I won silver because of my good performance in the Downhill!"
The highlights include without doubt the first World Cup victory for young German racer Lena Dürr and Steven Nyman's (USA) win in Gröden – some six years after his first victory.
For Tanja Poutiainen, however, who struggled to tap her full potential, the season came to a bitter end. The Finn tore a ligament in her knee in the Giant Slalom in Ofterschwang. This means a break of around six months. Two big names had a happier end not only to the season but also to their careers. Kalle Palander announced his retirement from competitive skiing on home ground in Levi, while Stephan Görgl took his leave from the World Cup stage in December in Gröden. Two great sportsmen who have now left a Fischer team which was on the podium in the 12l13 season with the following athletes:
Ivica Kostelić (7x), Manfred Mölgg (2x), Tanja Poutiainen (2x), Nicole Hosp (2x), Steven Nyman (1x), Thomas Fanara (1x) and Lena Dürr (1x).