Alpine skiing | Downhill in Bormio: sensational success for Dominik Schwaiger

What an achievement: Dominik Schwaiger surprised his competition at the World Cup descent in Italy. For the German ski racer it was the best result ever – he also bought the Olympic ticket.

Ski racer Dominik Schwaiger caused a big surprise at the spectacular World Cup downhill run in Bormio, Italy. The 30-year-old daredevil from Königssee raced to a remarkable fifth place on the challenging Pista Stelvio, on which he had suffered a serious fall four years earlier. With the best result of his career, he also secured the ticket for the Olympics as the fifth German downhill skier.

“I just got a great run,” said Schwaiger on ARD. On the notorious route in the shadow of the Stilfserjoch he was 1.10 seconds behind Dominik Paris, who was once again in a class of his own in Bormio. The 32-year-old South Tyrolean powerhouse achieved the seventh World Cup victory on the Stelvio, the sixth in the supreme alpine discipline. No skier has won six downhill races in one place.

Ferstl beaten behind Schwaiger

Paris, which celebrated its 20th victory in the World Cup, was 0.24 seconds ahead of Marco Odermatt from Switzerland, who started immediately before him. His team-mate Niels Hintermann moved up to third place, a little surprisingly 0.80 seconds behind the winner.

Schwaiger outshone the otherwise rather weak German performance. Fastest of his colleagues was Josef Ferstl in 16th place. Romed Baumann, World Cup second in Super-G, and Andreas Sander, World Cup second in downhill, finished 22nd and 28th. Simon Jocher was eliminated. However, all five are qualified for the Olympics, so there will be an elimination on site.



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