Cornelia Hütter is Austria’s last hope

Cornelia Hütter is Austria’s last hope
New chance, new luck? Hütter messed up the descent.

Tomorrow (10 a.m., ORF 1) in Andorra it will be decided whether Austria’s ski team will go away empty-handed, as in the 2021/22 season, or take a small crystal ball with them. The last hope is Cornelia Hütter, who is third in the Super-G, 25 points behind the leading Italian Elena Curtoni.

If the 30-year-old Styrian wins the last race in this discipline, she will outperform her rival if she doesn’t finish third. But three other athletes (Lara Gut-Behrami/Sui, Ragnhild Mowinckel/Nor, Federica Brignone/Ita) are still in the draw for this heart-stopping finale, the top five are separated by just 44 points. The slide rules are unpacked.

“It’s exciting, it’s cool that things are coming to a head like this. With two failures in the Super-G, you normally can’t have a say in a discipline rating, but now the chance is there. You notice that the Super-G is a It’s a really interesting story,” said Hütter, who hadn’t gotten used to the spring-like conditions (plus degrees, soft snow) during the “warm-up” on the descent. The World Championships bronze medalist from Méribel finished 19th with start number 19.

“I know that I can be fast on the descent. But it was simply not good skiing from me. I have to improve,” said Hütter.

Nina Ortlieb – the fastest in the final training – fell on the way to a possible podium place. “The anger is great, I can feel my body and ankles too,” said the downhill vice world champion, who believes in competing in the Super-G despite the injuries.

The best Austrian was Mirjam Puchner, who wasn’t really happy about her fifth place. “I made a serious mistake, it really pisses me off,” emphasized the Salzburg native.

The beaming winner was Ilka Stuhec. “I’m not surprised, I’m having fun again,” said the Slovenian, who is the only skier in the field to ski on Kästle skis. Second went to Sofia Goggia (Ita), who held the small crystal globe for the Downhill World Cup.

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