ADELBODEN, Switzerland – Marco Schwarz salvaged Austria’s tough weekend in Switzerland by winning a World Cup slalom on Sunday to lead the season-long standings.

Schwarz rose from fourth place after the first run to race though fast-fading light in the afternoon and finish 0.14 seconds ahead of Linus Strasser of Germany.

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The powerful Austrian team had just a single top-10 placing to show from giant slaloms on the previous two days at the storied Adelboden hill cherished by its neighbor Switzerland.

Dave Ryding (GBR).

Dave Ryding was third, trailing Schwarz by 0.15, to give the British racer his third career podium and best result in traditional slalom for four years.

First-run leader Clément Noël had a difficult ride down the steep final slope and dropped to eight place, 0.38 back.

Adelboden is typically tough on first-leg leaders because the sunshine quickly disappears behind the mountains before they start their second run around 2 p.m.

Strasser was 12th fastest in the morning and Ryding was eight, giving both a little more sunshine to light their second run down the hill. 

Schwarz had been third in the previous slalom, on Wednesday at Zagreb, Croatia, when Strasser got his first World Cup win in the discipline. 

This was a third World Cup win for Schwarz, who took a bronze medal in slalom at the 2019 world championships.

He took a small lead in the slalom standings from teammate Manuel Feller, who did not complete his first run.

Alexis Pinturault placed 17th and extended his lead in the overall standings. The Frenchman won the giant slaloms on Friday and Saturday.

Luke Winters (USA).

American Luke Winters made a strong recovery to stay in the game and finish 23rd.

“It was a good day for me,” said Winters. “I was fast here last year on the first run as well and so I knew where I needed to take the speed and where I need to be smart. I thought I executed my plan well that first run. What I’ve been focusing on in training is being athletic and loose and that’s how I skied first run.”

Jett Seymour missed second run, finishing 34th. Ben Ritchie also did not qualify for second run.

“We had an absolute reset in the approach to racing and the way that we were training coming into this from Zagreb,” coach Ryan Wilson said to the ski team press office. “We changed the mentality of going fast and letting your athletic ability come out. These guys are three freakshow athletes, so if they’re trying to go as fast as they can and making recoveries, that’s way better than trying to control everything that doesn’t play to their strengths.”

2 COMMENTS

  1. The second run was a great competition. The high bib number racers were trying to make their mark. Obviously a tough course with a lot of DNFs among the early starts in the 2nd run. Luke Winters skied fast, and in control. His last split, before the big skid out, was like .19 sec in the red. So, he is fast. Being dynamic in the SL is the way to go, isn’t that Miki Shiffrin`s ability? Looking forward to watching a USST mens slalom racer being competitive in the second run

  2. A nice day for Luke Winters qualifying for the second run, almost crashing in the second run but then fighting it out all the way down to score World Cup points! A good example for junior racers to stay on course despite near disaster and finishing the race! Many thanks to Olympic TV for broadcasting alpine ski racing!!!

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