Philipp Schörghofer (AUT)
MANFRED MÖLGG: BACK ON THE PODIUM
Manfred Mölgg (ITA) has reason to be happy. The South Tyrolean finally made it back to the podium at the season opener in Sölden. Clinching second place he confirmed that he will be a force to be reckoned with again in the upcoming season. "I already had a good feeling in the morning today. It's incredible to be among the best three again!" Also on top form: Thomas Fanara (FRA), who came fourth.
Successful Mölgg brothers
A picture full of emotions: Manfred Mölgg fell into the arms of his younger brother and service man Michael in the finish area. The two of them savoured the moment, delighted about the joint success which started to take shape in the first run. Mölgg took advantage of the perfect conditions, took everyone by surprise with bib number 21 and found himself in third place. "I wasn't too nervous. I knew somehow from training that I was in good form. I just had to put this into practice in the race," says a confident Mölgg, whose last podium finish was at the WSC in Garmisch in 2011.
Fanara one of the strongest in Giant Slalom
Fischer team colleague Thomas Fanara may have just missed out on the podium by finishing fourth, but he was more than satisfied: "It's fantastic, I'm really happy! A top result in the first race, winter can really start now." Fanara, who led the race after the first run, struggled with the poor visibility in the second run and fell back in the standings. "I have problems with fog and snowfall, I knew that before. Besides that I also made a couple of unnecessary mistakes. Second place would certainly have been within reach, that makes me feel very positive."
Snow plough and flying blind
Luck was by no means on the side of Philipp Schörghofer (AUT) and Cyprien Richard (FRA). With bib numbers one and two the two of them acted as a snow plough on the hill and, to add insult to injury, visibility was so poor they were 'flying blind'. Schörghofer was puzzled by the fact that the race started at the scheduled time: "There are racers who are four seconds behind me in training, but today I was behind them. If they had simply waited ten minutes to start the race everything would have been fair! With a race like this all you can do is try to put it out of your mind and move on."
Successes in yellow and black: top results for Fischer skis and boots
Fischer Racing Director Siegi Voglreiter was more than pleased with the outcome of the first World Cup weekend. "A podium for our ski boots with the women thanks to Steffi Köhle and second place today for Mölgg – you can't wish for better than that. We saw today above all that with our new equipment we are a serious contender in the battle for the World Cup globes. Fanara was also very strong. Kostelić in 14th place, Jitloff in 19th and Christoph Nösig in 23rd rounded off the good result."