The French skier won the bronze medal in the Super-G of the world championships, auspicious ahead of his favorite events.
“It’s always that in the pocket”, appreciated Alexis Pinturault, impressive and surprising 3rd in the super-G of the Alpine Skiing Worlds in Cortina d’Ampezzo (Italy) on Thursday, who still has three races on his program where he is supposed to be even more comfortable.
Did you expect to be on the super-G podium?
Honestly, I wasn’t really expecting it. Of course, the Worlds are one-day races, where we try to give everything, it’s only at the finish that we turn around and look at what happened. It went well for me. There were a lot of things to my advantage: no downhill training before, it’s better compared to the descenders, and the track is technical, even if the layout is very direct, very straight. It allowed me to bring a little more speed to the bottom of the course.
How should we approach this key point where several skiers left the route?
It was a difficult part, a place where you had to control to pass better, in addition (the jump) there was the compression, a lot of things which made that it caused a lot of problems there. The information from the coaches, being able to watch the first athletes leave, gave me an exact idea of how to pass.
How do you welcome this first super-G podium for more than six years?
It’s great, it’s neat, because I’ve been circling around in super-G for a long time. Doing it on the best day, because at the Worlds it’s the best day, I’m very happy. It’s always in my pocket at these Worlds, but I hope to be able to continue this momentum and I think I have everything for. A podium at the Worlds is always a special emotion. I have a real chance to be part of the elite on D-Day. These are tenfold feelings.