Germany's slalom ace Linus Straßer also won the Schladming World Cup three days after his success in Kitzbühel. The Munich player prevailed in the floodlit slalom and underlined his dazzling form. In partly pouring rain at the 2013 World Cup venue, the 31-year-old won ahead of Timon Haugan from Norway (+0.28 seconds) and the Frenchman Clement Noel (+1.02). In the World Cup standings, he reduced the gap to the leading Austrian Manuel Feller to 132 points.
Straßer didn't let the external conditions stop him in his fifth World Cup victory. “Earlier in football, my games were the ones where things got messy,” joked the winner on Bavarian television. He already managed an excellent first run and achieved the best time. “At the start I was fully with myself, fully committed to the matter. I had a plan of how I wanted to approach it and I fully implemented it,” said the Munich native.
“Kitzbühel won, Schladming won: That’s unbelievable,” said Straßer. “These are moments for a lifetime, as I said in Kitzbühel. I'm just enjoying them now.”
Last year the TSV 1860 Munich athlete was eliminated in Schladming, but in 2022 he won. With his fifth World Cup victory – before his four slaloms, Straßer had also won a parallel competition in January 2017 – the pole artist caught up with Thomas Dreßen in the German best list. The speed specialist ended his career in Kitzbühel at the weekend. Only Felix Neureuther (13), Markus Wasmeier (9) and Armin Bittner (7) celebrated more World Cup successes among men in this country.
Since Bittner in January 1990, no German has won two consecutive World Cup slaloms. Sebastian Holzmann from Allgäu was the second German driver in the final and ended up in 19th place. Anton Tremmel (41st) and World Cup debutant Nikolaus Pföderl (53rd) missed the second round.