Lauberhornrennen – Home of Legends || Four races for the history books
Only Marc Girardelli has ever won two downhill races on the Lauberhorn in one year. This fact makes it clear what a great achievement Marco Odermatt has made in the last few days in Wengen. With his first ever World Cup victory in the downhill on Thursday and his victory in the original downhill on Saturday, he has definitely become a Lauberhorn legend. He also finished second in the super-G behind Frenchman Cyprien Sarrazin. With this victory, Sarrazin also joined the illustrious circle of Lauberhorn winners. He too finished second to Odermatt in both downhills. On Sunday, Austrian Manuel Feller joined them with a victory in the slalom.
Serious falls as a drop of bitterness
The ski festival was shadowed by several accidents. After years without serious injuries, there were serious accidents in each of the three speed races this year. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Alexis Pinturault and Marco Kohler all had to be airlifted to hospital. The Lauberhorn Races wish all injured athletes a full and speedy recovery.
Significant spectator record
The number of fans was extremely gratifying: 76,200 guests attended the three traditional races on the Lauberhorn from Friday to Sunday. That's 9,000 more than the previous record. The constellation for a new spectator record was excellent, says OC President Urs Näpflin: "The top performances of the ski racers over the past weeks attracted a lot of people, and of course the weather forecast was promising for many days. I would like to thank all the volunteers, the army and the civil defense who made this wonderful race weekend possible. Thanks also to the 1600 school children who created a great atmosphere on Thursday.