Slalom in Kranjska Gora: Trembling for black – the teammates want to help

The big questions before the men’s slalom in Kranjska Gora: Can Marco Schwarz participate. And: if not, how much is the competition catching up? Or do the Austrians help their teammates with top placements?

8:47 a.m., March 14, 2021

Ramon Zenhäusern still wants to dispute Marco Schwarz for the small ball © GEPA pictures

Wanted in itself Marco Black just make everything clear. He is 146 points ahead of the Swiss in the Slalom World Cup Ramon Zen houses, two races are still outstanding. And that means: The Swiss have to get into the top 4 (if Black doesn’t score) in order to have a chance at all. And with world champion Sebastian Foss-Solevaag there is only one second runner who has even the theoretical chance of overtaking Black in the remaining races.

The initial situation: Is determined by the question. whether Black can start after his back problems. If he’s there, every point helps in the fight for the little ball. For Zenhäuser and Solevaag, everything that is not on the podium could be too little, even if Black is not there.

Austrians want to provide support

The Austrians: If Marco Schwarz wants to provide shooting help. Theoretically, that would be possible with a quadruple victory, but that is unrealistic. “If the team keeps the competition at a distance, then the ball goes out like that,” says the slalom trainer Marko Pfeifer. The form of his athletes should not be lacking, they would have “delivered very strong performances” in training. Manuel Feller, who “wants to show two more good slaloms” himself, is confident: “Blacky has had a few tougher days, but I think he will still pick up the few points. He’s not showing any nerves, he’s a little iceman. Maybe he’ll be doing really well again tomorrow. Otherwise we’ll do it and just don’t let Ramon go “, assured the Tyrolean.

The secondary front: All eyes are open too Alexis Pinturault who is fighting for his first overall World Cup victory and has to get the cushion in the slalom, which RTL winner Marco Odermatt can no longer take away from him at the finals.

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