The duel for the little globe
Mikaela Shiffrin might already define the outcome of the World Cup Slalom discipline at Ofterschwang
Thanks to a beautiful serenade by the local brass band, local colour and music supported the great atmosphere among the athletes during last night's bib draw for the World Cup Slalom at the Ofterschwanger Horn (Sunday 10.30 am). The most sought-after number went to Swedish Maria Pietilae-Holmner. She'll be opening the Ofterschwang Slalom. The first German racer will be Maria Höfl-Riesch, with bib number 3, local hero Christina Geiger from Oberstdorf received bib number 17. The total number of racers is 64.
The Slalom will be defined by the duel between fresh World Cup Champion and American Mikaela Shiffrin (bib 5) and her fiercest competitor, Tina Maze (bib 4). In the discipline World Cup standings, the Slovenian is currently 33 points behind the only 17-year-old Shiffrin. Should the US girl claim the race and Maze end up in 9th place or worse, Shiffrin will clinch the victory of the little globe ahead of schedule.
Before the bib draw, the winner presentation for the Giant Slalom took place in Sonthofen. The large audience celebrated the three best racers: Anna Fenninger, Tina Maze and Viktoria Rebensburg.
The Organising Committee in Ofterschwang also received high praise from the officials after the Giant Slalom. Atle Skardal, Chief Race Director of the International Ski Federation FIS: "A compliment to the organisers. They have been working really hard. The slope conditions were even better than I had expected." Spontaneous applause followed his statement during the Team Captains' Meeting from trainers and team representatives of the participating nations.
Photos: Gerwig Löffelholz