Marco Odermatt Wins Last Men's Race of 2022
Marco Odermatt secured victory in the last men's race of the year with an outstanding performance. The 25-year-old Swiss outclassed the competition in the Super-G in the Stelvio and won with a lead of 0.64 seconds over Vincent Kriechmayr.
Loic Meillard finished third +1.22 seconds behind his teammate.
The 25-year-old celebrated his 16th World Cup victory. Odermatt has won six super-G World Cup events in his career, second-most among Swiss men, behind Pirmin Zurbriggen (10) and tied with Didier Cuche (6).
He has achieved ten World Cup podiums in the Super-G in his last 13 participations in the discipline.
Odermatt is the first Swiss man to win a World Cup super-G event in Bormio. Until today only one Swiss man has reached a World Cup Super-G podium in the Stelvio, Didier Defago on 13 March 2008.
“The ride that Vincent did yesterday, I did today. It was nearly a perfect run for me. It was a very difficult race and course setting. I just had a good feeling from the first gate, so I could push and I was somehow always one step ahead. It worked and it was a great team performance with Loic on the podium as well and Stefan Rogentin and Gino in the top 15 too, it was a great race”, said Odermatt.
After winning yesterday's Downhill Vincent Kriechmayr finished today the Super-G in second place.He was able to challenge Odermatt until the last section of the course where the Swiss was unbeatable.
"Marco is the best. He is a fantastic skier. You need to be 100 per cent to beat him because he is an amazing skier. He keeps going to the end and it is really tough for us to beat this guy. People had a lot of problems on the last part of the course, but he was amazing", Kriechmayr said.
It wasn't an easy day for the Austrian team. The day began with the shock news of Matthias Mayer's retirement. The Austrian conducted the course inspection on Thursday morning before revealing to the media that he will no longer race at the World Cup.
"I tried my best but it was not the easiest day for us. Matthias was our leader and he helped the younger guys and all of us a lot, so it was not easy”, Kriechmayr said.
Loic Meillard was happy with his third position. “It’s amazing, I knew I could ski fast in a super-G. I was always skiing well here in Bormio, so to stand on a podium here is amazing".
It is his first Super-G podium in the World Cup. He now has collected 11 podiums in five different disciplines: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Alpine Combined, Parallel Giant Slalom, and now the Super-G.