Will Marco Odermatt also get the big crystal ball? The Swiss snatched the small ball in the giant slalom yesterday, Saturday. Now, after the first run in Kranjska Gora, Odermatt is 0.22 seconds ahead of German Alexander Schmid and 0.30 ahead of yesterday’s winner Henrik Kristoffersen from Norway.
After a mistake in the upper part, Stefan Brennsteiner put in a remarkable run and finished fifth. The man from Salzburg, who has not had a podium finish so far this World Cup winter, is 0.47 behind Odermatt. Manuel Feller (+0.93) stayed in the top ten in ninth place, Marco Schwarz (+1.95), Patrick Feurstein (+2.35) and Dominik Raschner (+2.39) are further behind. Raphael Haaser did not finish. The second round begins at 12:30 p.m.
Eighth place or better is enough for Odermatt to grab the big ball. Dmait his first overall World Cup victory could no longer be taken away from him. The Olympic champion in giant slalom would thus extend the lead over Aleksander Aamodt Kilde to 301 points. The Norwegian, who is not at the start in Slovenia and, like Odermatt, does not compete in slaloms, can only win a maximum of 300 points next week at the World Cup finals in Courchevel and Meribel.