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Gisin makes Swiss World Cup life complicated

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Qualified for the World Championships in slalom

Gisin makes Swiss World Cup life complicated!

Wendy Holdener (29) fails early, Michelle Gisin (29) celebrates: The last slalom before the World Cup offers a lot – and an open Swiss question.


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Mathias Germannreporter sports

On this Sunday in Špindlerův Mlýn (Tsch) only a few things are the same as the day before. The slalom slope is still rock hard, 10,000 fans are once again creating a great atmosphere and a portion of fries still costs 60 Czech crowns – the equivalent of CHF 2.60. Otherwise almost everything is different. First to the top: Despite leading at half-time, Mikaela Shiffrin (27, USA) failed to match Ingemar Stenmark’s record of 86 World Cup victories. “If I’m not driving top, it’s just not enough,” she says. Lena Dürr (31) is the first German to win a slalom since Maria Höfl-Riesch ten years ago.

Shiffrin can handle it – she secures her seventh slalom ball early. Also because Wendy Holdener (29) enters a zero. After a hard drive, the Schwyz native loses her balance at a hairpin in the first run, stops and reaches the finish more than six seconds behind. “It pisses me off that it’s finished so early,” she says, disappointed. A mishap in the last race before the World Championship – Holdener would have gladly avoided that. Already on Monday in a week’s time for you in Méribel it’s all about combination gold. “I’m still in a good mood, both in Super-G and in slalom. It should be fine.”

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