Several international reports with news from Gardena-Gröden.
Italian media are all focused on the training run results: “Innerhofer dominates second training” writes sottozeronews.com on the South Tyrolean’s best time.
The Italian site SkiMag.it brings a spectacular comparison: “A victory on the Saslong is equal to a Formula-1 victory in Monte Carlo or a motor cycle victory in Assen.”
“The course is in excellent condition,” said U.S. coach Sasha Rearick on skiracing.com, continuing: “They did a fantastic job preparing the hill.”
USA Today zooms in on a comment by Manuel Osborne Paradis who was 17th today: “It’s fast. It's nice to scare yourself just on race day, but I scared myself the whole way down today, too."
The French media’s focus is on the country’s long history on this course: “Luc Alphand has won once, Antoine Deneriaz even twice here. A tradition on the Saslong that we have to keep up” as reported by Le Temps.
Switzerland, on the other hand, is all about Didier Cuche and his standing as best within the team. “Cuche is once again very fast” writes the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Also, “Cuche has a handle of the Camel Humps. As the day before when skiing best time, Dider Cuche was once again the fastest among the Swiss in today’s final time trials.” states the Basler Zeitung.
A curious story comes from the Swiss Boulevard paper Blick: “Then there is cool Janca whose heart beat significantly harder right before his first jump on the Camel Humps: ‘I tried skydiving this summer and my heart beat raised up to almost 140. Today it was definitely higher. Not only because of the challenge it posed but also because of the great physical effort. In hindsight I can even admit: This was a great jump!’“
Two highlights in the Austrian internet sites. “For the first time Streitberger celebrated wearing the red tricot as the current leader of the team and Scheiber skips training run” is how the Tiroler Tageszeitung summarizes the day. Praise for the Saslong comes from Austrian downhiller Michael Walchhofer and from the Kleinen Zeitung: “The Saslong has shown iself form its most spectacular side on Thursday’s practice run for Saturday’s Donwhill. ‘There is hardly anything more beautiful than today’s conditions. Really awesome and cool!’ adds Walchhofer.“
Eurosport.de, on the other hand focuses on the day’s biggest surprise: „DSV hope shines in practice run. The former Super-G Junior World Champion Andreas Sander placed a surprising 3rd in today’s final training run in Gardena-Gröden.” Die Zeit also reports: “The biggest joy to the German team was brought by the 21-year-old Andreas Sander. The former Super-G Junior World Champion makes it on rank 3.” “Unbelievable! This was only my second time on this course – and then straight on place 3.” Sander is quoted.