The German ski crossers again presented themselves in great form at the World Cup finals in Craigleith, Canada. Three drivers ended up in the top eight. Florian Wilmsmann was unlucky and fell in the final.
Skicrosser Florian Wilmsmann just missed his second World Cup podium this winter. One day after his second place, the 27-year-old from Tegernsee made it into the final again on Saturday (03/18/2023). After a fall, however, he had no more chances for the podium and finished fourth.
Three Germans in the semifinals
With Wilmsmann, Tim Hronek, Niklas Bachsleitner and Tobias Müller, four German ski crossers made it to the quarter-finals. For Hronek it was the end of the line. Wilmsmann, Bachsleitner and Müller mastered the hurdle and then all competed against each other in their semifinals. Joos Berry interfered a little with the “small German championship”. The Swiss took the lead early on and made it into the final together with Wilmsmann.
Wilmsmann falls in the final
There, Wilmsmann, second in the World Championships, was unlucky: After a mixed start, he initially fought his way to the top, but was then pushed aside in a curve by Frenchman Youri Duplessis Kergomard and fell. He finished fourth, relegated to the finish line. The winner was Canadian Leman Brady, who came out ahead of Duplessis and Joos in his last career race.
Things went better for Müller and Bachsleitner in the “small final”. The duo was able to take the lead early on, gradually extended their lead and never let this advantage be taken away. In the end, Müller finished just ahead of his team-mate and took fifth place. Bachsleitner was also satisfied with sixth place.
Canadian Reece Howden, who was successful in front of Wilmsmann on Friday, secured the overall World Cup ahead of schedule. On Saturday, he was eliminated in the quarter-finals. Wilmsmann took third place in this ranking behind Sweden’s David Mobärg.
Holzmann advances to the semifinals
Johanna Holzmann was able to celebrate success in the women’s semi-finals. There the competition with Fanny Smith and Brittany Phelan was too big. In the “small final”, Holzmann started well, but lost contact in the middle section and was already more than a second behind. In the end it was eighth place for the 27-year-old.
In the final, it initially looked like a win for Smith. But the previous day’s winner from Switzerland fell halfway through the course and thus had no chance of clinching her third win in a row in the absence of the Swedish subscription winner Sandra Näslund. Marielle Berger Sabbatel from France benefited from the fall of her opponent and got her first World Cup victory this winter. Second was Canadian Marielle Thompson, compatriot Brittany Phelan completed the podium.