Ski racer Linus Straßer confirmed his strong form three weeks before the Alpine World Championships in France, but unfortunately just missed another podium place. The man from Munich finished fourth when Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen won.
The Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen celebrated his 30th World Cup victory in Wengen. Second was the Swiss Loic Meillard in front of Kristoffersen’s compatriot Lucas Braathen. Fourth place was enough for Linus Straßer.
The conditions in Switzerland were changeable and extremely challenging. In the first run, the 30-year-old Strasser benefited from his low starting number 2 on the rain-soaked slope. Heavy snow then set in before the finale. Straßer showed a good performance again. But it was no longer enough for a podium finish like in Madonna di Campiglio and Adelboden, where he finished third.
“It was another very difficult race,” said the athlete from TSV 1860 Munich. In the end, he was happy to take fourth place and “with a kiss on the hand”. After a “solid, controlled first run” he wanted to step on the gas in the second run. However, he noticed during the drive that he wasn’t quite hitting the mark and was therefore pleasantly surprised that he was still able to take the lead for a while. Now he is looking forward to the slalom next Sunday in Kitzbühel.
Straßer’s teammate Sebastian Holzmann finished 18th. David Ketterer, Alexander Schmid, Anton Tremmel, Fabian Himmelsbach and Adrian Meisen did not make it into the second race.
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