Marco Odermatt Wins Giant Slalom in Kranjska Gora
Marco Odermatt has shown today in the Kranjska Gora race why he is in the hunt for the Overall title with a flawless second run.
He finished the first run in fourth place, 0.61 seconds behind Loic Meillard but he put on a memorable performance in the second run, laying down the fastest time and ending up with more than a one-second victory margin. Meillard finished in second place 1.06 seconds behind his teammate.
It's the second victory in Giant Slalom for Marco Odermatt. This season he claimed his first career World Cup win in the Giant Slalom in Santa Caterina on 7 December 2020.
It was an especially excellent day for Marco Odermatt, who is in a good position in the hunt for both the Giant Slalom Globe and the Overall Title. It is a two-man battle for both globes as Odermatt took over the lead from Alexis Pinturault today in the Giant Slalom standings, with a lead of 25 points. Meanwhile, Pinturault’s lead in the Overall standings shrunk to 31 points over Odermatt today.
"I really don't know how I managed to do this today. I was tired and my emotions are all over the place. I'm really happy about my ski today (...) We tried to make it interesting for all the viewers. Over the past few years, in the spring I get tired I don't have enough power to brake!", Odermatt said.
Austria’s Stefan Brennsteiner rounded out the podium in third place just 0.03 seconds behind Meillard, while Alexis Pinturault finished just out of the top-three, settling for fourth place.