29 years old and the first World Cup victory. For Johannes Strolz, the victory in Adelboden was something very special. The man from Vorarlberg triumphed in Switzerland ahead of Manuel Feller and Linus Straßer. The Vorarlberger’s previous best result in a World Cup was a tenth place in 2020 in Italy. After the victory on Sunday, Strolz showed himself emotionally: “I have to thank so many people. My whole family has always stood behind me. It finally paid off. It’s a dream, unbelievable. I’ve always believed that I had what it takes to win a World Cup. But I had so many setbacks that I started to think – every now and then I want to do it too precisely, ”he said in the ORF interview after the race.
Even Interior Minister Gerhard Karner congratulated Johannes Strolz on his victory: “I am happy that with Johannes Strolz one of the athletes of the top police sport squad was able to win the World Cup in slalom. It was a pleasure to watch this exciting slalom race and to cheer for the Austrians. The will, the commitment and the emotions could also be felt in front of the TV. “
Johannes Strolz was not even part of the ÖSV squad, benefiting from failures and injuries. But not only that: He also had to organize his training units. Strolz also produced his skis himself. His father Hubert Strolz was also a skier and even won the Olympic combined title in Caglary in 1988.
Now his son could also record a success. “In addition to skiing, practice Strolz As a police officer, he has a job in which physical and mental fitness is of the utmost importance. When our top athletes win, it becomes clear how important sport is for the police and what commitment these people bring, ”Karner continued. “I wish Johannes Strolz a nice victory celebration and all the best for his future career, it’s nice to have someone like him on our team. “