The Austrians had really tried everything, that the conditions for the favorite Germans were at the time of his ride through the goal Posts well, as well as the soft slopes in Saalbach-Hinterglemm just allowed. A couple of tricky Spots, it was still worked, but the Felix Neureuther has helped a lot. The 34-year-old Alpine skier finished his first world Cup Slalom after the ACL tear last Winter on the 27. Place, but that sounds worse, much worse, than the performance on Thursday actually was. “I have the Positive to take,” he said. “The Speed fits all cases.”

This was particularly true for the first pass. The finished Neureuther Fourth, and part of it was in the middle even faster than Marcel Hirscher. Of the Austrians was at half time in front as well as at the end and repeated its 63. World Cup Victory. In the final run, Neureuther was also well on the way, but then a serious error in the lower part of the already badly battered slopes. With difficulty, he remained in the course, but came almost to a stop, and then very late in the finish. He had “tasted the feeling of a little bit naughty”, said Neureuther. “I should have been round.”

After the one-year Break from racing was not but clear, “that the automatisms work one hundred percent”. In addition, he had in the past five weeks, only two Slalom training days. “If I was driving in the front, that would not have been logical,” said Neureuther. Wolfgang Maier passed the first Trouble about the blunder of his Best in the Slalom, almost quicker than Neureuther. He was “not disappointed,” said Alpine head coach of the German ski Federation. “For us as a Team it was about to see: Where is he?” The realization is that he can probably keep up with 34 years. For Neureuther, the Comeback had started the season with obstacles. To be after his ACL tear in time, was planned, but not that it would be a bumpy ride.

The operated knee, prepared for, however, is the least of your Concerns. In the summer, Allergy disabled it first, then, as he intensified the Training began, once again, the back to tweak. In Sölden at the end of October Neureuther had to get these complaints back in the handle, and he announced himself ready for the start of the season – but then the giants had to be cancelled slalom because of too much snow. The next Attempt, he started in Levi, where he contested a year before his last race and the Slalom had ended, but two days before the mishap happened to him with the thumb: Neureuther remained in Training with the Hand in a hole on the slopes, hang him in the thumb joint – Operation Comeback broke.