BELOW IS TAKEN FROM MY DIARY WITH THE DENVER POST AND JOHN MEYER. I THOUGHT I SHOULD POST IT AS IT BEST DESCRIBES WHERE I AM AT DURING THE SEASON NOW AFTER THE KITZBUEHEL WEEKEND.
AL AND I HANGING IN THE RED BULL LOUNGE BEFORE A TRAINING RUN
WITH OVERALL OUT OF REACH, TURNING ATTENTION TO WORLDS
KITZBUEHEL, Austria — I decided to skip Tuesday night’s “City Event” in Moscow because after my results this past weekend — failing to get points out of a combined for the second straight week — the World Cup overall title is pretty much out of reach.
It also makes sense because the world championships begin Tuesday, Feb. 5 in Schladming, Austria, so it’s hard to justify a five-hour flight to Moscow now.
I was psyched to finish sixth in the super-G in Kitzbuehel, my fourth-best super-G result. Even though the downhill there is the most challenging on the tour, the super-G doesn’t favor me because most of the super-G course is a pretty easy glider’s course, so getting a good result was a step in the direction of becoming a more regular contender in super-G.
In the downhill I had a good run going until I missed a gate on the difficult sidehill just above the finish schuss.I was fifth-fastest on the upper sections, the meat and bones of the hardest, most technical section in World Cup downhill. But I got bounced low on that sidehill above the finish and missed the exit gate onto the finish straight. That was disappointing because I was putting together a pretty good downhill run.
That sidehill at Kitzbuehel is pretty legendary. You’re moderately tired, you come off a pretty sizable jump and go right into a hard right-footed turn. If your direction is good, you stay high on the sidehill. If your direction is bad, you end up in the fence.
The sidehill is super, super bumpy. The bumps are almost as big as a moguls course, and you’re going 75 mph or faster. That section takes out a lot of guys, because those bumps make it really hard to stay on a high line. In the 10 seconds you’re on that sidehill, your skis might be on the snow for three seconds.
At the world championships (Feb. 5-17), I feel I have a really good chance at three medals. I’m one of the better guys in super-G, and that super-G hill in Schladming is steep and technical, giving me a very good chance of medaling. I feel like I have a very, very good chance of getting a medal in the combined. And in GS, of course, I’m the defending world champion, and I’ve won four of the five GS races this season.
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