Kriechmayr gets globe after final World Cup super-G races cancelled

Robin GREMMEL
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The final super-G races of the World Cup season were cancelled due to bad weather in the Swiss resort of Lenzerheide on Thursday, handing the men's crystal globe for the discipline to Austria's Vincent Kriechmayr.

The decision, which follows the cancellation of the final World Cup downhill races on Wednesday, leaves France's Alexis Pinturault and Petra Vlhova of Slovakia in pole position to take the overall men's and women's World Cup titles with just the giant slalom and slalom races to come this weekend.

"Due to the current weather situation with the fog, the jury, the Swiss ski organisers and all parties concerned have decided to cancel the super-G women and men," the Intermational Ski Federation (FIS) said in a statement.

During the World Cup finals, the regulations specify that the races cannot be rescheduled on another day.

The cancellation of the super-Gs allowed Kriechmayr to win the World Cup title for the discipline for the first time in his career.

Lara Gut-Behrami was already assured of the women's trophy.

Pinturault has a 31-point lead in the general classification going into the final two races over his Swiss rival Marco Odermatt, who has never competed in a slalom at the highest level.

"I didn't really expect the cancellation," said Pinturault.

"I don't want to say that it is good news but it affects me more than it does others."

Odermatt acknowledged that he was now in the last-chance saloon.

"Of course I am gutted, it's a real shame to have the two cancellations, it was a big chance for me," he said.

"I still hold out hope. I'll attack on Saturday. I have two goals, the globe in the giant slalom and the overall, I'll do everything to attack."

- 'Not very fair' -

Odermatt was also left ruing not only the two cancelled speed events in Lenzerheide but also a cancelled downhill in Saalbach two weeks ago and the fact he missed a race in November because of a positive Covid-19 test.

"It's tough, but I can't do anything about it," he said. "There have been 11 slaloms (raced by Pinturault) and for me just six downhills and six super-Gs.

"I don't think it's very fair, maybe they'll do something about it next year."

Vlhova has 96 points more than the Swiss speed specialist Gut-Behrami, who has not raced a slalom all season. Race winners get 100 points.

"The lack of fair play in the calendar is not limited to the disciplines in which I excel," Gut-Behrami said.

The women's circuit has seen nine giant slaloms and nine slaloms, while the speed specialists have raced eight downhills and seven super-Gs.

"I would say exactly the same thing if there were 11 downhills and seven slaloms. It's not fair," the Swiss said.

"It was impossible to race today. There was simply too much snow. We mustn't take to the start hut at any price," she added.

"We've already had enough racers injured this season."

Friday sees a parallel mixed team competition, which does not count for the individual rankings.

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