Lucas Braathen loves Sölden, the Rettenbach Glacier and the special snow on which the giant slalom takes place which traditionally opens the Alpine Skiing World Cup in mid-October. Last year, the Norwegian prodigy was placed sixth after starting with the terrible number 40 bib. This Sunday, he did even better by securing his first victory on the circuit, at only 20 years old.
Just behind him, another great hope of the discipline, the Nidwalden Marco Odermatt (23) at five hundredths, and a little further on another Swiss, Gino Caviezel. The owner of the crystal globe of the Henrik Kristoffersen specialty? Fifth to more than half a second. Frenchman Alexis Pinturault? Fourth. The Zan Kranjec, Tommy Ford, Filip Zubcic? All downgraded by two talented skiers who are certainly unanimously recognized but still considered as belonging to the next generation.