Sunday, February 14, 2016

Felix Neureuther Tops Slalom Podium in Yuzawa Naeba

Felix Neureuther claims his first win of the season in Yuzawa Naeba (Japan), ahead of André Myhrer (2nd +0.05!) and Marco Schwarz (3rd +0.24).
Felix Neureuther has a special relationship with the Yuzawa Naeba, since his father was on the podium there 41 years ago.
"It's of course a very, very good feeling", said Neureuther. "It was a tough race today, it started raining in the second run. You guys were so unlucky with the weather, one meter of fresh snow and then it became so warm and you guys did a really great job".
Sweden's André Myhrer finished 2nd, only +0.05 off Neureuther's pace. The 3rd of Alta Badia's Parallel Giant Slalom struggled to be constant in Slalom (4xDNF), but it looks like he found the key today.
"It was a tough day", said Myhrer. "First run was good visibility and second run we had really bad visibility and water on the goggles and didn't see much. I've been struggling for a while in slalom and I feel happy to be back on the podium. It was a tough day, but I managed to stay in the track and create some speed anyway and it was almost the top".
With Marcel Hirscher out after first run (straddled in the upper part), Austria was eager to get a revenge and three young guns did particulary well: Marco Schwarz (3rd +0.24), Marc Digruber (5th +0.54) and Michael Matt (6th +0.62).
"In the first run, I was in 12th position and I thought that I must go and push more", said Schwarz. "Now I am third place and it's great. When I came here, I thought it would be great for slalom and giant slalom. In the slalom, I like the flat parts, so that's my favorite".

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