Neureuther with “whole body pain” in fifth place

Neureuther with 'whole body pain' in fifth place

While the interview with winner marcel hirscher was shown on the giant video screen in the finish area of zagreb, neureuther’s own conclusion was nevertheless good despite missing the podium and finishing fifth. "After the fall, this is actually a very good placing," said the skier from partenkirchen, who had fallen in training. "I was in pain all over, and it’s not so easy in the head after a crash like that."

Austrian hirscher not only extended his lead in the discipline world cup over neureuther in front of 17,000 spectators on sunday, but also took over first place in the overall rankings. He won the day ahead of andre myhrer (sweden) and compatriot mario matt.

Two days after the floodlit performance of the women’s slalom team with maria hofl-riesch in sixth place as the best german, the german alpine men also hoped in vain for the fifth pole position of the world championship winter. After crossing the finish line, teammate fritz dopfer said he trusted "felix" to win the next race after his strong new year’s performance in the parallel slalom in munich. But neureuther lost too much time in difficult conditions. 1.31 seconds off hirscher, 0.22 off the podium. "I could have done a bit better in the first and second runs, but I didn’t take the full risk," the 28-year-old complained a little.

Dopfer finished eleventh, his second best slalom result of the season. "I can build on this and go into the new races with confidence," said the man from garmisch.

In the women’s race, on the other hand, there was no other german top-15 finish with the success of the 17-year-old american mikaela shiffrin. "But there will be races again where things will get better," said alpine director wolfgang maier. For the ladies stand in st. Anton the first speed races of the year, perhaps with lindsey vonn (USA) as a returnee. The men fight for points in slalom and giant slalom in adelboden in switzerland.

But first of all, neureuther was looking forward to the healing actions of his doctors in bavaria. "It’s good to come home and be treated well," stressed the three-time world cup winner, who had experienced a "pretty heavy takeoff" in training in preparation for the race in the croatian capital. "His fall looked very wild," admitted hirscher. In zagreb, neureuther had therefore started with bruises and first had to feel his way in the first run. "Now i know it’s going to last," was his conclusion after ranking seventh in the first round. There was the world cup for dominik stehle as 33. And stefan luitz on rank 37 already over.

Neureuther wants to be fit again in adelboden, hofl-riesch also promised to "keep fighting" – and will soon have the permanent rival of the past years as an opponent. For the first speed races of the year a return of vonn is on the horizon. The four-time overall world cup winner returned to european snow training after a world cup break."It feels great to be back and i can’t wait to race again," explained the 28-year-old.

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