Two fourth places in the downhill. This is Matthias Mayer’s summary after the Kitzbühel weekend. Even if more had been inside, the Carinthian definitely doesn’t have to worry about a starting place at the Winter Games in Beijing. The skiing was good, but according to Mayer luck was not necessarily on his side. That’s very important, very positive. I can look forward to the next races with a relatively good feeling.”
The next races will take place as part of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Mayer picked up his outfit in Vienna this Monday. After that, “a little freak out” is on the program – and a few corona tests before the plane takes off on Friday. “We then have a few days to adjust to the snow and the conditions.”
After Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018, it will be the third Winter Games for the Carinthian. Matthias Mayer has fond memories of the games in Russia. At that time he won gold in the downhill. He brought home a silver medal in Super-G from South Korea. His racing program includes the downhill on February 6th and the Super-G on February 8th.
The speed ladies will disperse ahead of the Beijing games. Above all, Tamara Tippler and Ramona Siebenhofer showed with their podium finishes in Cortina that they belong on the team for the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. With the speed ladies, a few paths diverge. Not everyone will start in Garmisch-Partenkirchen this week, Ramona Siebenhofer, for example, is taking a break before her departure. Cornelia Hütter even makes a European Cup detour.
In addition to Tippler, Ramona Siebenhofer, Mirjam Puchner and Ariane Rädler also clinched podium places in one or more speed races this winter. Cornelia Hütter and Christine Scheyer got a taste of it as a unique fourth and fifth place respectively. The other ÖSV athletes were mostly a respectful distance behind or not consistent enough to get involved in the ticket allocation.