Switzerland’s Marco Odermatt started his Alpine Skiing World Cup season with a victory in the opening giant slalom in Sölden, Austria, on Sunday. The 24-year-old moved from third place after the first stage on the Rettenbach Glacier piste to beat Austria’s Roland Leitinger, the first leader in pursuit of a first World Cup victory on snow at home, of 0.07 seconds.
It was Odermatt’s third World Cup giant slalom victory in Odermatt’s career and the perfect start to a season ahead of next February’s Olympic Games in Beijing. Slovenian Zan Kranjec was third, 0.03 more.
The reigning French world champion Matthieu Faivre moved from second place after the first stage to 11th place while his compatriot Alexis Pinturault, the World Cup champion, finished fifth. American skier Ryan Cochran-Siegle has returned to the World Cup after breaking his neck in a downhill fall in Kitzbuehel last January.
He finished 31st in the first run, failing to qualify for the second by 0.01. Norwegian Lucas Braathen also made his comeback after the knee injury that ended his 2020-21 season in January, finishing seventh after setting the fastest time in the second leg to move up from 19th place.
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