Silvan Zurbriggen’s gold medal and Stephan Keppler’s 10th rank were all over the news in German and Austrian media today.
News.at writes: “Sensation spoils Austrian Ski Team triumph. Gardena-Gröden 2010 is also a good arena for outsiders.” “Zurbriggen is the king of the Camel Humps” adds the Thurgauer Zeitung. “Zurbriggen steals Downhill favorites their show” states the Sportschau.
French media is full of joy over the surprise for their country: „The biggest sensation has come from Guillermo Fayed who placed 6th starting with number 49.“ The racer is quoted: “I always like it here. My results are generally good on this course. I missed Friday’s Super-G to get a day’s rest.”
Italian news organizations is a little disappointed after the strong training runs. The Gazzetta dello Sport writes: “A Swiss triumpf with two athletes on the podium and Italy trailing behind after hope was running high for its three musketeers to be at the front. This is Zurbriggen’s first gold in the Downhill and second World Cup win after winning the Combination in Kitzbühel two years ago.” Also Raceskimagazine.it zeroes in on the disappointing performance by the Italian team. The title says it all: “Italy cries at the feet of the Sassolungo-Langkofel mountain”.
In European media, Eurosport highlights the fascination the ski world has with Gardena-Gröden: “Gardena-Gröden – Zurbriggen is the king of a beautiful race.”
US media recognizes this victory as one that pushes Zurbriggen up into the ranks of all-rounder with skimagazine.com writing: “Silvan Zurbriggen can scrape that monkey off his back. Thought of as a combined and slalom specialist, he arrived Saturday (Dec. 18) at Val Gardena as a full fledged all-around skier claiming the famed Val Gardena downhill.” Eurosport-Reuters continues saying “Alpine skiing – Shock downhill win for Zurbriggen.” Adding “The Swiss also overcame unhappy memories of the course, where he suffered a knee injury three years ago which almost put an end to his career and forced him into a long, painful rehabilitation.” So all is well that ends well!