4.45 p.m., January 13, 2020
Regardless of the Spygate between Mikaela Shiffrin and Petra Vlhova As well as great expectations at a home race, Austria’s slalom ladies in Flachau want to show what they can do. A podium is probably the highest possible on Tuesday in the season’s most prestigious women’s race. If everything goes as normal, the fight for 70,000 euros and the princess crown again Shiffrin against Vlhova.
Because that was the case in almost every slalom in recent years. Austria’s women have done well this season, through Katharina Truppe in Levi and last Katharina Liensberger in Zagreb and thus two third places behind the two overpowering superstars in two of the four season slaloms so far. Liensberger, as fourth in Lienz, just missed another podium.
Flachau, where this year is celebrating an anniversary with ten years of the Ski World Cup and hoping for up to 15,000 spectators in the battle for the title of “Snow Space Salzburg Princess”, is also very positive for the Vorarlberg woman. Here she made her debut in the World Cup in 2016, here she had last year – also thanks to the disqualification of the Swede Anna Swenn Larsson as well as behind Vlhova and Shiffrin – got their first podium place despite stomach flu.
“So many beautiful and formative moments. The anticipation for Flachau is always great,” admitted Liensberger. “The enthusiastic audience lets you feel a lot of positive power”, she is basically a fan of home races. For Flachau, the following applies: “You have to go to the limit here and drive the many pushed-on crests, which are different every time, with feeling.”
That she last in Zagreb as third almost 3.5 seconds Liensberger is not afraid. “I consider it more of a challenge. It was very icy there and you could see again what Shiffrin and Vlhova are doing better and where I have to improve. We will see where we are in Flachau.”
Katharina troop has a positive relationship with Flachau. Thanks to Crossfit and gymnastics, the Carinthian has become more physically stable and “as good as never before” as she admitted. “Even though I lost a lot after the strong start in Levi in Killington. But since Zagreb it fits again, I have the skis better under control again. Nothing stands in the way of a good race.”
The ÖSV nominated nine women for Flachau, including the Vorarlberg World Cup debutante Magdalena Egger, The 19-year-old Stams student won gold in giant slalom and slalom at the European Games in Sarajevo a year ago and only competed in her first European Cup races this winter. In May the Matura is waiting for the Oberlecherin.
So far it is not quite as desired for Katharina Gallhuber ran. “I have already shown that I can ski extremely quickly, but that has not yet had such an impact on the results,” admitted the Olympic third from Lower Austria, who is in a comeback season after a cruciate ligament rupture.
The fact that the two training days in Dienten did not go well for her, caused low expectations for the floodlight race on Tuesday evening (6:00 / 8:45 p.m., live ORF 1). “I just didn’t ski well,” Gallhuber admitted. “I hope it was just a bad dress rehearsal. I try to get the cool Kathi out in the race. In the end I was a little too tense. I try to break this spell.”