Worldcup final Hafjell

Lovely Hafjell in Norway was the host for this year’s Worldcup finals. The 3.8 km long track was built into the Olympic ski hill of 1994 and was quite hard, had some technical sections and was covered with uncoundable sharp stones.

As the overall leader I had a good position to be in, just for the case that the Swiss Indergand or the French Drechou would win an 11th place would be enough. But for sure after the worlds my target was not to just focus on this, my goal was to give it everything to show that I´m in a good shape.

I took a good start into the men´s U23 race and managed to move into the lead before entering the first technical part of the track. When I looked back after I recognized I opened a gap. Thoughts of my wins in Albstadt and Val di Sole came into my mind and so I just try to push forward from. I crossed the finishline after lap one with a 16 sec. gap. But in the second lap just when I passed the technical zone the first time I was just paddling on a flat grass section when I heard this nasty “pffff”. “What? The was nothing, wasn’t there?” I thought while doing the two uphills to the next technical zone on my rim. I started the race again in 16th and tried to move forward into 11th as fast as possible to always have the overall in my own hands. That worked out and from there in I just focused on keeping 11th, not being motivated for more after those bad luck. The French Sarrou won the race ahead of Cooper and van der Heijden.

But I managed to become first ever German Worldcup overall winner. What a feeling. This consoles me a lot for the flat in lap two. So I´m just stoked.