Swiss ski star Marco Odermatt restored the hierarchy in the men’s super-G World Cup with a dominant victory Sunday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, a day after missing the podium for the first time in 13 races.
Running in sunny conditions on the same course where he placed fourth in Saturday’s indoor super-G, Odermatt pulled ahead of the field with an attacking run to edge Austrian runner-up Raphael Haaser by 0.30 seconds.
“The conditions definitely helped me. Today I knew the good snow was also next to the line, so I knew I could attack,” said Odermatt. “Even if I go out of line, I can still manage to ski clean and not get injured and that was important for my mindset.”
It was Odermatt’s ninth super-G victory in the last 16 races. Across all disciplines, the result marks his 33rd victory, matching the career total of American great Bode Miller.
“It was a race on the limit. We saw during the inspection that it would be a completely different race,” Odermatt said, referring to the top layer of ice that made the course surface harder than in Saturday’s race.
Odermatt said he was “not too disappointed” after Saturday’s result.
“It can happen, a few hundredths from the podium. It was no problem for me, but of course it’s always nice for me to win,” said the two-time reigning general classification champion.
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Franjo von Allmen added to Switzerland’s success by finishing third, 0.61 centimeters behind, for his first podium, a day after finishing ninth in what is von Allmen’s first full World Cup season.
Odermatt praised his teammate, who placed in the top three in just his 12th start on the top ski circuit.
“Amazing, this is Franjo’s first World Cup season. What he showed this season even before this podium was awesome. Today he skied superbly. This is the first of many podiums for him ” said Odermatt.
“Of course, it’s very cool that the next generation is coming. I can’t wait to see them chasing my career, relaxing on the couch. So I hope many of them will come after me.”
Jack Crawford of Toronto was fifth, 0.76 seconds behind Odermatt, for his third top-five finish of the season.
“I’m really happy with today’s race,” Crawford told Alpine Canada. “I’ve been struggling lately and it’s been a journey to get back into shape.
“In the last week of training we figured out some things and today I felt confident to race. I feel good for the rest of the season.”
Jeffrey Read of Canmore, Alta., finished 15th for a second straight top-20 finish in Garmisch, followed by teammates and North Vanouver, B.C. natives Cameron Alexander and Kyle Alexander of North Vanouver, B.C. 24th and 30th. and Kyle Alexander.
Riley Seger, also of North Vancouver, placed just outside the points, 34th, while Brodie Seger did not finish his race.
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Allegre and Bosca outside the top 10
Both riders who toppled the favorites in Saturday’s race finished outside the top 10, as winner Nils Allègre was 1.20 behind Odermatt in 14th and runner-up Guglielmo Bosca finished 1.31 in 18th, although the Italian had the best starting time in Sunday’s race.
Allègre’s French teammate, Cyprien Sarrazin, winner of a super-G in Wengen two weeks ago, failed to complete his course. Going wide in a left turn, he adjusted his line, but then missed the next gate after his right ski went airborne.
Ranked second overall, Sarrazin has seen the gap to leader Odermatt grow to 722 points after 23 of 39 races this season.
Sarrazin will not be able to close the gap next weekend, as the speed events planned for Chamonix in his native France were canceled due to poor snow conditions.
River Radamus started 34th but finished eighth, and Ryan Cochran-Siegle repeated his 10th place finish from the day before in two strong results for the American team.
German skier Josef Ferstl, who announced his retirement earlier this week, took to the Kandahar course for a farewell run before the start of the race.
Ferstl, a two-time World Cup winner, enjoyed his greatest success when winning the super-G in Kitzbühel in 2019, four decades after his father, Sepp Ferstl, won two downhills in the Austrian resort.
Ferstl’s retirement came a week after his German teammate Thomas Dressen, also a Kitzbühel winner, called time on his career.