Thomas Dreßen raced through the “carousel” and flew towards the destination, where Aleksander Aamodt Kilde held his breath for anxious moments. The Norwegian was in the lead in the Super-G from Saalbach-Hinterglemm when Dreßen with the bad start number 19 plunged down the almost irregularly soft snow crystal slope – and came dangerously close to him. But Kilde was allowed to breathe a sigh of relief: for Dreßen, it was “only” enough for third place the day after the downhill victory.
This did not detract from his joy. “I’m brutally happy again, the podium is great,” said the best German ski racer after his next hussar ride: “Three races in a row on the podium, two of them winning, that’s insane!” It was also due to the fact that it wasn’t enough for a hat trick the extreme slope conditions with which numerous top runners had to fight. “Borderline,” Dreßen called the conditions, which had been severely shortened due to the snowfall.
“He is currently intoxicated”
Because the 26-year-old had climbed the podium for the tenth time in his career under these conditions, team-mate Andi Sander spoke of a “sensational achievement” and said: “He is currently intoxicated.” Also the great Beat Feuz, who like Olympic champion Matthias Mayer (Austria) bowed to the competitor. “Thomas showed how to do it. That was by far the best thing that was possible with such a number, ”said the Swiss on ZDF.
Thanks were due to Sander, who was again the second best German in seventh place: “He sent me a great course report upstairs.” So he was able to prepare himself for the “knuckle breaker snow” – the key to the third podium in his somewhat weaker discipline. “It was difficult,” said Dreßen, “it was a soft trail. You had to put it in, it would also have been dangerous. ”
Sander therefore spoke of a “very unfair” race, the start of which had to be postponed by almost two and a half hours due to snow and wind: “I didn’t think it was good that the start was not worth the World Cup for me. That was very, very questionable. ”Most of the other racers also scolded and got excited about the piste conditions.
The organizers had pushed the Super-G back a total of two hours because it was snowing in Saalbach in the morning and the wind was blowing. Many assumed a cancellation. But then it was driven. It didn’t matter to Dreßen: “I don’t worry about it. If you drive, you drive.” Even the long wait didn’t bother him. “Before the race, I had a nice Kaiserschmarrn because I was so hungry”, he reported about the long wait until the start. “Maybe the additional weight pushed me down.”
From the top time of the Norwegian Kilde (58.30 seconds), who won ahead of Mauro Caviezel from Switzerland (+0.15) and took the lead in the overall World Cup with 8982 points with his first win of the season, separated him in a true sprint race 0 , 31 seconds. How had he done it again? “I just try to have fun skiing,” said Dreßen, “and I’m having a lot of fun at the moment.” Or, in Bavarian style: “If it’s okay, then it’s okay.”