An impressive Norwegian, optimistic Italians, trailing Austrians, a Swiss problem child and a wimp from Luxembourg: The German online media are pretty international in their headlines of the first training day in Val Gardena. There’s no doubt about who the impressive Norwegian is: There’s (almost) no way around Aksel Lund Svindal in the Val Gardena training runs these last years. After finishing in pole position last year, Svindal kept the competition at bay even today.
The Austrian online press are not exactly euphoric about today’s first training session. No wonder as only one Austrian made it into the top 10. The Kurier writes “Austrian men are behind in the first Val Gardena training run.” The Swiss are not happy with Silvan Zurbriggen either. The Blick believes the former Val Gardena winner is causing concern, but today's third place in the training run is looking hopeful. This new modesty from the great skiing nations, Austria and Switzerland, was also expressed in the ORF interview with Striedinger (Austria), even if, according to the Kleine Zeitung, the Austrian youngsters smell a rat.
For the local South Tyrolean skiers the expectations are higher than they have been for a long time: “Italy is eyeing the first downhill victory in Val Gardena since 2001” headlines the Standard.
An article in the Blick is not about current events on the Saslong. In a background story about the history in Val Gardena, the article recalls how Marc Girardelli discovered the line for wimps here in Val Gardena.
Click here for the press review of the Italian online reports about Val Gardena – including news on Paris’ fall.