APA. A wrong has clouded the joy of skiing Lindsey Vonn won the downhill on the fifth in a row a little crystal ball. On the Olympic distance of 2014 it was enough for the U.S. citizen on Saturday only to third place. The victory went to the German Maria Riesch-Höfl, world champion Elisabeth Görgl was second with 0.43 seconds behind.
Vonn had dominated the practice sessions, but the race is not used to that ski that has proved this season with each victory. "It was not happy. At the finish I knew that it would not be enough. Mary had a good run, between 'Lizzie' and then it was just me," said Vonn, who in terms of two years, but Winterspeile said: "For my head that's good, then I'm at the Olympics a little less pressure and more motivation."
The first crystal ball but Vonn has taken to dryness, it could still follow those in the Super Combined (Sunday), the super-G and overall World Cup. "The downhill is my favorite discipline, there is always the goal to win the ball."
Höfl-Riesch was surprised by the victory. "It is very unexpected for me because I have not found the best feeling in the training. Lindsey was extremely dominant. You can not copy them, but you can try to get the best of what abzuschauen. I tried to give everything and unexpectedly won. This is an amazing feeling. "
A high-speed still delivers Görgl season, on Austria's currently only for a top spot next question was also in the Caucasus Abfahrerin reliable. "I have fought totally, it was very restless. In particular, the cross-drive, there was a big hole that I've seen and I just pulled over it," said Görgl. It was a very good trip, even if they have not caught every goal perfectly.
Pleasing was the performance by Nicole Schmidhofer who succeeded the first time after her injury break a good exit, number 13 was also the best downhill result in the career of the 22-year-old Styrian. 15th Anna was Fenninger, who had to ride their luck with durchziehendem fog. Finally, the race had to be canceled, but it is evaluated according to the regulations in 51 runners.
Meanwhile, it is clear also the substitute for the giant slalom for the Courchevel (France) is set race, which then also on the replacement venue for Soldeu (Andorra) could not leave the scene. In Ofterschwang is now on Friday, 2 March (10.15/13.15 Clock), another giant slalom will be held.
(Si) scandal at Swiss Ski: The Swiss Association separates from group coach Stefan Abplanalp. The Bernese Oberland, in the sixth season in charge of the Swiss Abfahrerinnen was released immediately.
Is the release of
Stefan Abplanalp right?
The recent events during the World Cup race last week in Sochi would have led to this unfortunate and inevitable step. Abplanalp was once again behave unprofessionally, Swiss Ski held firmly in a statement. In Sochi, it was clearly an invitation to come to a drinking binge, were involved in the various service people, and nearby there is also a former Russian coach injured when he was hit by a glass.
"With this thing I have to do anything. Since I was already in bed," justified, Stefan Abplanalp on Monday. But it is his word against hers. Swiss Ski director Andreas Wenger says anyway. "We have other information, from various people until the week before we had issued a first written reference as an employer, we are obliged to take responsibility.." theme is always the Alcohol was.
Head coach Mauro Pini and Abplanalp had in recent weeks, some heated discussions, the separation was at the end of season already in sight. But it was not ultimately been the decision by Pini to dismiss the Bernese Oberland, says Wenger. He himself had taken place with sport performance chief Dierk Beisel step, "because too many things have happened that I do not like to spread among the public. One thing should be noted. Stefan Abplanalp made us a very excellent job "
Beisel Abplanalp brought the exemption decision in the Bulgarian capital Sofia. From there, Abplanalp wanted to travel to the next race in Bansko on. Instead, he had to take the next plane home. By the end of the season, head coach Mauro Pini lead the Swiss Abfahrerinnen interim basis.
The last few years, a friend of Olympic snowboarding champion Tanja Frieden Stefan Abplanalp came in season 2006/07 as a group of coaches in the women's World Cup team, together with the then also new head coach Hugues Ansermoz. For two years, with his drivers worked very popular Abplanalp Mauro Pini. As early as last spring, but it would almost come to a decrease in the direction of Austria.
With drove Abplanalp, the Swiss Abfahrerinnen a lot of success, including in the current winter. There were five podium finishes in the speed range, although the injury last witch particularly struck mercilessly. At the moment only has a hull team. "We are aware that we are losing a coach with undisputed qualities. But we must also next to the runway absolutely require professional behavior," says Wenger.
The media release from Swiss Ski:
Swiss Ski finished working with Stefan Abplanalp at the end of season. The Bernese Oberland group coach of the women's speed team will be released immediately and went back this Monday in Switzerland. Recent incidents during the World Cup race in Sochi have led to this unfortunate and inevitable step. Stefan Abplanalp behaved in Sochi for the umpteenth time in the public unprofessional. After Abplanalp only a few days previously had to be warned about his behavior off the track already written, is a continuation of the employment of Swiss-Ski is no longer possible. Swiss-Ski requires his squad athletes and athletes professional behavior and highest use. The same claim, the association has also to all employees of the association. regrets Swiss Ski the step and is aware of losing a coach with indisputable technical qualities. Abplanalp has in recent years contributed significantly to building the world's best teams in the women's World Cup speed. By the end of the season, head coach Mauro Pini lead the training group on an interim basis.
Stefan Abplanalp and Mauro Pini - The Big Misunderstanding
On Monday's popped. Swiss ski coach fired Speed Stefan Abplanalp The bang is loud, but it was not surprising. The roped Mauro Pini and Stefan Abplanalp was beginning two years ago, a single mistake. Here's the new boss Pini with new ideas, where the old fox and to the independent work of familiar Abplanalp. later than one year ago, the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, it was clear that could not continue. And then, when told of the offer Abplanalp from Austria, it was assumed that he would accept this. He did not. "The riders sake I stay at Swiss ski, I do not want to disappoint them," was his explanation. The summer was peaceful: Abplanalp with the speed and dual drivers for weeks in Zermatt and Saas Fee, Pini with the slalom group for weeks in New Zealand. As Pini came back and the two had to look once more into the eyes began to light the fuse blows again - until the crack of 20 February, the Carnival Monday. Prior internals are different from the VIEW Sochi been leaked from drinking bouts, fights, and a full-blown row between Pini and Abplanalp. Nota bene, after Abplanalp after the race in Garmisch Swiss ski had been warned, apparently due to alcohol consumption. Ultimately, it does not matter what had happened. At the beginning of the misunderstanding was mentioned in relation Pini - Abplanalp. The latter did not feel well in a team, a rider passed after another with injuries and what weighs most heavily, Stefan Abplanalp had lost all respect for his boss Mauro Pini -. So then ever there was one respect Stefan Abplanalp had success with its drivers, and he was popular. For the girls, because they saw their interests represented by him in the media due to its cooperative communication, and the public got to know him as a sunshine boy next to his partner Tanja Frieden know, of Glanz & Gloria to the Swiss magazine, he was everywhere present. It is not the first time that Stef was in the criticism and before discharge. I do remember that he has four or five years was more controversial than once. The former board member and advisor of Nadia Styger, Urs Lehmann, I said then: "Actually, I am of the opinion that we should separate ourselves from Abplanalp. But the drivers and the head of sport performance for him, because I am powerless. " Now we have, then, shortly before the season concludes with the end of terror, which had announced its arrival. The fuse that began to burn two years ago, had reached the black powder. If everything is better now, the future will show. The fact is that in the women's team will continue to have no rest. Inglin went Ansermoz came Züger was released, his successor Brüesch soon threw in the towel down again, slalom coach came and went with regularity safer, then Swiss ski Ansermoz sent into the desert and caused a disturbance, because it stretches out Pini men. And so on. Only one remained untouched ever: Stefan Abplanalp. Now it has caught him too. Not because Erfolgslosigkeit as the others, but according to Swiss ski because of undue behavior and loyalty to his boss Mauro Pini fehlener over. At least the reasons for the dismissal are new. The unrest remains.
Half an hour after dinner with his driver, who all stand behind him, downhill coach Stefan Abplanalp in Sofia took the first position to its communicated by Swiss ski exemption. His conclusion: "Mauro Pini make bullying against me, which borders on libel."
In the distant Caucasus had been brewing for months, incompatibility between the coach and the head speed is definitely escalating. The precursor of the scandal took place in Garmisch, where missed Abplanalp after departure victory ceremony one at 18.30 clock scheduled meeting with "Sochi" as the theme for a few minutes: "In the normal coaching session at 19.00 clock was, however, I there and then also in the team meeting with the drivers. The Sochi meeting, we could easily catch up later. It lasted about 10 minutes. "
Warning for banality?
Is the release of
Stefan Abplanalp right?
Abplanalp attaches importance to miss the meeting because of the victory ceremony at the camera with Nadia and Tina Weirather two athletes of his group were standing on the podium to have. And adds: "It would have been nice if the head coach would also come along" . And states: "We were drinking before two, three beers, nothing more. between drinking and getting drunk I make a difference. I've always performed correctly can confirm the drivers, but when someone 'buried' wants to find.. always something. " So this episode led to a written warning, as had apparently happened yet "other events" (Communique Swiss-Ski): "A glue on my car was not fitted properly, I had the wrong ribbon ...". All this created the impression in Abplanalp, that was consciously sought after hair in the soup.
Abplanalp also announced
Abplanalp went home and wrote from Garmisch to a termination on the end of February, with three months' notice. He sent it off yet, but left open to the association of his intentions no doubt, because he has no prospects for cooperation with head coach Pini saw more. The original of the notice, he left home, he took a copy with you on a journey of Sochi. There came an evening invitation to an incident with the service people of Fraenzi Aufdenblatten and Nadja Kamer, when had obviously intervene, the police. "For," says Abplanalp, "I have been blamed. Here I was at 23.15 clock already in skypte bed and with my girlfriend. "
Pini and Abplanalp came together one more time. Pini Abplanalp wanted to send home. This is what the drivers for Abplanalp made strong and gave it clear to the head coach, not without Abplanalp travel further to Bansko. It was small and caught Pini at the prompt return. Abplanalp, however, called on his friend, the Olympic snowboarding champion Tanja Frieden, and asked them to submit the prepared letter of resignation. Meanwhile, Abplanalp met with Dierk Beisel, head of sports performance, and had to draw from this, the battered copy of the notice. The separation was complete. only about the reasons for different variants were circulating.
Plea by Dominique Gisin
Meanwhile, also takes Abplanalp, when he speaks of Pini, not mince his words, speaking of deficits in social skills, management skills, lack of sensitivity and lack of network. "Now," Abplanalp said thoughtfully, "we travel to Sochi to prepare for the 2014 Olympics, and put our own problems at the center." The victims were the driver: "These are now in Bansko two coaches less, me and Mauro, they do not trust. I hope they continue to focus on their task. "
Dominique Gisin is shocked by the Abfgang their coach. (Photo Keystone)
. An unmistakable plea for Abplanalp is also from an athlete who is currently at home in Basel and is working on the rehab , "For me it's a shock," says the injured Dominique Gisin: "I do not know what happened I know. only that Steff is a brilliant coach. I liked him incredible. It's crazy in the middle of the season to get rid of such a man. I hope the jury is still out. "
(Si) A day after the Swiss ski coach Stefan Abplanalp Group has separately reported also Mauro Pini, the head coach of the Swiss women have their say.
Stefan Abplanalp was technically very good and has also been a successful coach, the Ticino. "The whole situation has not arisen because of his work on the slopes. It's about personal things about his behavior." Pini said that there was between them in the past two years several difficult situations where off-piste. "In addition to the runway we both have other ideas. Also, we have probably not the same professional conduct. But I myself must also ask if I have not made mistakes? "
He was very sad that it had come to such a situation, but in this case it would no longer be gone differently. "It had to be handled immediately. We could not wait until season's end. The incident in Sochi was the last straw that has brought the camel's back," said Pini, who, however, explicitly refused to comment on whether I Stefan Abplanalp an alcohol problem and this possibly have affected his work: "These are internals."
Although some of the riders have made in the first statements after the immediately exempted coach, takes away the head coach Mauro Pini, not bad: "In this case, many emotions with it and I understand this reaction Stefan finally up to six years with them. riders worked closely and well. " The Ticino but also appeals to the professionalism of the driver: "What is important now that we are all together focused on the matter, that is, the success, I am convinced that we can still have until end of season success.."
"To Be Continued" As Swiss Ski Turns...........................
Date Codex Place Nation Discipline Gender Category Comments
24.02.2012 146 Crans-Montana SUI Super G M WC Replaces: Kitzbuehel
25.02.2012 1447 Crans-Montana SUI Super G M WC
26.02.2012 1448 Crans-Montana SUI Giant Slalom M WC
Date Codex Place Nation Discipline Gender Category
23.02.2012 5222 Bansko BUL Downhill L TRA
24.02.2012 5223 Bansko BUL Downhill L TRA
25.02.2012 5224 Bansko BUL Downhill L WC
26.02.2012 5225 Bansko BUL Super G L WC
"As Swiss Ski Turns" " Fraenzi Aufdenblatten Abplanalp without a coach, "How lovesick!"
In Bansko, the women have trained for the first time. The Swiss first time without the fired coach Stefan Abplanalp. Fraenzi Aufdeblatten signs in the audio interview in which they dealt with the situation." www.skionline.ch