the first race of the season. In Sölden, which means Huge fuss, a lot of hustle and bustle, with great anticipation, but also nervousness. In The Middle Of: Wendy Holdener. The best Swiss engineer tried to stay calm. “One of my goals this season is to go loose on the race. The Game is more than Game to see and not all of the individual results, depending on the make,” says the Power woman from Unteriberg SZ. Easier said than done. Particularly for Holdener, who says of himself: “I am extremely ambitious.”

This is how all the other riders for the start of the season in front of the Dilemma: in the first of a total of 42 races in the winter, risk everything and win, but maybe lose everything? Or would you prefer a pinch of security are built-in to a good result and refuel self-confidence? Holdener: “I want to get where I left off last year.” Sounds good. Let us remember: The last serious fight of the winter in Soldeu (And) was the Olympic champion in Slalom-Second and Sixth in the giant slalom.

Large jumps in the giant slalom.

So far forward it was on the Rettenbach glacier, hardly – even if Holdener has stepped up its giant Training again in the summer and last season with 5 Top-10-places your potential in the discipline more than just hinted at. Your goal, however, remains: “I want to get my first giant podium.” For technology-Trainer Alois Prenn, this is no dream, but a realistic plan. “Wendy starts in the Top 7, that’s very good. It is the question of how it comes in the Winter, and the nervousness remains.”

A response to it there is on Saturday. Holdeners more goals for the future: Finally, your first special slalom win, to crystal balls to your biggest opportunities lie in the combination and for the first time as a separate rating scoring, in Parallel competitions. Holdener: “If I stay healthy, I can compete at the front – also for victories.”