Vincent Kriechmayr: The “eternal” second finally grabbed his ball

Vincent Kriechmayr has his first crystal ball in his pocket. After three second places in the past three years, a satisfaction for the Upper Austrian.

11:58 a.m., March 18, 2021

A tailor-made season for Vincent Kriechmayr © (c) APA / HELMUT FOHRINGER (HELMUT FOHRINGER)

“That’s why the cows in the barn don’t have any more respect!” Farmer son Vincent Kriechmayr commented with this statement on his first gold medal in the Super-G at the World Championships in Cortina. A few days later, gold followed in the downhill, on Thursday the Upper Austrian grabbed the small crystal ball for the Super G World Cup. Due to the cancellation of the race, however, probably not in the way that Kriechmayr would have originally wished for.

This season, however, there was no way around the 29-year-old in the Super-G. With 401 points, he left the rest of the world far behind. On the runner-up Marco Odermatt Kriechmayr was already 83 points ahead of the World Cup final. For the double world champion from Cortina, it is the first crystal ball of his career. Last year he was only three points short of the then Super G World Cup winner Mauro Caviezel. In the two years before that, the ÖSV athlete had to be satisfied with the thankless second place in the final bill. 2018 got Kjetil Jansrud the little ball, a year later Dominik Paris. The revenge for this has now been successful this season.

Kriechmayr, born in Linz on October 1, 1991, is considered down-to-earth and direct, and likes to wear his heart on his tongue. It is named after the famous painter Vincent van Gogh. This is due to the mother, who comes from Belgium Gertrudis, an art history teacher. Kriechmayr’s brother is called Rafael, the sister Jacoba has made a name for herself as a freerider. father Heinrich was a ski instructor in Obertauern.

Born: October 1, 1991 in Linz
Place of residence: Linz
Society: TVN catfish
Greatest successes:
– WM (2/1/1): Gold Super-G Cortina 2021, Gold Downhill Cortina 2021, Silver Super-G Aare 2019, Bronze Downhill Aare 2019, 5th Super-G, 8th Combination St. Moritz 2017
– Olympia: 6th Super-G. 7. Departure Pyeongchang 2018
– World Cup: 9 wins (6 Super-G, 3 Downhill), Super-G World Cup winner 2021
– Junior World Championships: Silver giant slalom Crans Montana 2011
– European Cup: 3 wins
– Overall winner 2011/12

Kriechmayr is praised primarily for its perfect skiing technique. Similar to Hermann Maier “Vinc” is a real feast for the eyes on the ski slope and between the race gates. Although the pre-winter had already been very successful, Kriechmayr took a big step last summer and switched from Fischer to Head.

He was looking for a new stimulus and wanted to take the next step when he changed brand to equip double Olympic champions Matthias Mayer explained. The racing director was happy to say that you now have the two best speed drivers in Austria in your team Rainer Salzgeber. The plan to even “three-legged” on the giant slalom has recently been postponed.

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