Slalom season opened – podium for norwegian Sebastian Foss Solevåg
Alta Badia/Madonna di Campigio – After 317 days of waiting, it was finally about time to open the men’s slalom season in Italy.
On the 21st of december the race took place on the famous slopes of Gran Risa in Alta Badia. Starting for the MDV Team: Norwegian Sebastian Foss Solevåg (BIB #4), the austrian racer Adrian Pertl (BIB #23), who won his first podium last year, and for Italy Stefano Gross (BIB #27) & Federico Liberatore (BIB #39). Solevåg showed a strong first run and placed 9th in the end, whereas Pertl placed 14th and Gross 23rd.
Huge improvements were made the next day, the day of the night race in Madonna di Campiglio. Solevåg already placed 4th on these slopes the year before. Starting with bib no.2 the norwegian was leading the first run after a great performance in the first run. He managed to keep his good position in the 2nd run, however his team mate Kristoffersen was a few seconds quicker and placed before Solevåg. In the end, Sebastian Foss Solevåg placed on the podium with a super strong in 2nd place. Adrian Pertl showed a good start and then made a small mistake, still satisfying with place 11. Stefano Gross showed a strong performance on very difficult conditions and placed 13th in the first run. He was also pretty strong in run 2 but unfortunately straddled a gate shortly before the finish line. Gross stays positive and motivated for the future races: „I have to become mentally stronger again. It's important that I bring home another good race. The beginnings are there, I'm fast and safe in parts, but then there's another small mistake that ruins everything. Physically I feel fit as a fiddle, I just need to clear my head and believe in myself again that I can also achieve fast times in the races."
Sebastian Foss Solevåg however was very happy with his performance: „Thank you so much for all the kind words! I really gave it everything last night. I wouldn’t have achieved it without the team I’m a member of! Thank you guys! I hope everybody will stay healthy and wish you all a merry Christmas! I will especially thanks @hofer_rainer who has waited 3 years for this with me.“ he wrote on his Instagram channel. Well done, guys!