Sovereign, Marco Odermatt wins the Adelboden giant

The evidence is needed with more and more vigor. In the small world of alpine skiing, there is now Marco Odermatt on one side, and his competitors on the other. At 24, the Nidwalden may not yet have fully realized his extraordinary potential, but he is already far ahead of all the others.

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This Saturday in Adelboden, on the mythical Chuenisbärgli which is the great classic of the giant slalom season, the young man delivered an impressive performance to win with 0”48 ahead of the Austrian Manuel Feller, yet sparkling in second round.

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The French Alexis Pinturault, last winner of the big crystal globe, completed the podium but lost ground, week after week, in the general classification of the World Cup. The one who seems promised to succeed him already has 845 points. 376 more than his closest pursuer, the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. A world.

Since the start of the season, Marco Odermatt has competed in twelve races. He has finished on the podium eight times, including at least one in each of the three disciplines he competes (giant, super-G, downhill). And he won five. Always, he gives off this incredible impression of ease, fluidity. He can even allow himself a few mistakes without it being prejudicial to him, as was the case this Saturday in the second round on the Chuenisbärgli.

A first since 2008

Ecstatic crossing the finish line, he became the first Swiss to win at the Adelboden giant since Marc Berthod in 2008, signing the ninth success of his young career. “It’s incredible, I don’t know what to say,” he said at the microphone of the RTS. Everything worked despite errors. Winning here is frankly the best part. And I had pressure from both sides. There was the one I put on for each race and the one put on by the environment because I had three successes and I wear the leader’s red bib. “

Behind him, Valaisan Justin Murisier finished fourth, just off the podium but a good distance from third place. Eighth, Loïc Meillard also enters the top 10, while Gino Caviezel finished eleventh to complete a satisfactory overall performance for the Swiss team.

This Sunday, the slalomers will be keen to do just as well in front of the hot public of the Bernese Oberland. First run at 10:30 a.m., second at 1:30 p.m.

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