The cheering of Dominik Paris: The Ultner won in Garmisch. © APA / afp / CHRISTOF STACHE
If there were any doubts about Dominik Paris’s form, then these have been resolved by Friday at the latest: The Ultner celebrated his first win of the season on the downhill from Garmisch – and thus caused a big bang before the World Cup in Cortina.
February 05, 2021
Dominik Paris struggled with his form for a long time in his comeback season after a cruciate ligament tear. In the first races in particular, things did not go according to plan, although the man from Ultner always emphasized: “I have to keep working on myself.” This work has now paid off: In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where he had never won before, he drove he on Friday in the descent to victory and is thus for the first time since the Bormio triumph on December 28, 2019 on the highest podium.
Just in time for the season highlight, Paris has found its top form again. Already in Kitzbühel at the end of January he made people sit up and take notice with a third place and the first podium finish of the winter, so the first victory followed just under a week before the World Cup descent in Cortina. It was the 19th World Cup triumph in the 31-year-old’s career.
Dominik Paris couldn’t be beat. © AFP / CHRISTOF STACHE
He noticed immediately after arriving at the finish line that Paris had made a terrific run on the Kandahar with the number 5: Beat Feuz and Matthias Mayer, both of whom were among the hottest favorites, left the Ultner behind by around 4 tenths of a second.
In the upper part of the route it was still a tough one-hundredth battle that Paris fought with its two competitors. The longer the journey, however, the stronger the South Tyrolean became, who from hell, a more technical section, put everything on one card and thus got a lead of 4 tenths of a second.
Innerhofer in great shape too
Nothing changed on the podium until the end. Feuz stayed in second place, Mayer came third. And Christof Innerhofer? He almost got on the podium.
Happy about his strong journey: Christof Innerhofer. © APA / afp / CHRISTOF STACHE
The Pusterer is currently also in excellent shape. However, he still lacks that little bit of luck: after his two fourth places in Kitzbühel, he landed fifth in Garmisch. Innerhofer put on a strong performance at the Kandahar and was level with Dominik Paris for a long time. But the veteran approached some passages too directly, which is why he was 3 tenths of a second short of the podium. Nevertheless, the Gaiser also impressively demonstrated that he is far more than just an insider tip at the home World Cup.
The race is still running …
In Garmisch on Saturday from 11.30 a.m. (live ticker on SportNews) another super G on the program.