Philipp Schörghofer started his FIS World Cup GS career 10 years ago on Alta Badia’s legendary giant slalom slope. He has already once stood on the podium there, on the 3rd place.
Two years ago he was leading after the first run and ahead of the competition until the very last minute of the race. Unfortunately, a mistake at the final gates of the 2nd run ruined his great race.
Since recovering from his injury, Schörgi has been steadily improving his skiing. Beaver Creek was his first race in a year and a half. Understandably he was nervous to see how it would go. Last week In Val D’Isere he finished in the top 20.
“The conditions were challenging. The visibility wasn’t the best. Due to the flat light, it was tough to see the surface. But the even a bigger challenge was that there was no time for any pre-race warm-up: Saturday’s first turn was at the 1st gate in the race”, says Philipp Schörghofer and continues, “The first run was about 90% under control, and the second run was already much better. I’m getting there!”
Conditions have been excellent for the whole past week in Alta Badia. The slopes are in fantastic condition, and the weather forecast looks promising.
The race starts on Sunday at 10 am CET, Schörghofer starts his attack with bib number 19. Keep your fingers crossed that Schörgi’s positive trend towards the top 10 continues.