Frenchman Clément Noël wins the slalom in Schladming
The French Clément Noël won the slalom in Schladming (Austria) on Tuesday 24 January, valid for the Alpine Skiing World Cup, ahead of the Swiss Ramon Zenhäusern and the Norwegian Lucas Braathen.
The Olympic champion and gold medalist at the Beijing 2022 GamesAged 25, he took his first victory for the French team this winter.
After only reaching seventh place in the first heat, he was able to dominate his opponents in the second heat. He precedes Zenhäusern by 7/100 of a second and Braathen by 38/100, for the tenth victory of his career.
“In round two I was able to put things in the right order, to be in the fight, in the moment, natural, not overthinking. My skiing felt smoother, smoother, more natural. That’s how I have to ski, but when you don’t have 100% confidence sometimes you can’t ski like this.”explained the Vosges.
A chaotic start to the season
With this victory, he put an end to a period of personal doubts and worrying shortages for the Azzurri just a few days before the World Cup in Courchevel/Méribel (from 6 to 19 February).
“I’ve never really doubted that I have the level to be back among the best, but I was frustrated with this start to the season where everything was going in the wrong direction. Kind of like last year, so I felt like I wasn’t learning from my mistakes. » His start to the season was chaotic with four runs off the track, an 8And place, a 6And place and a 3And place.
At the end of this day, Braathen increases his lead in the slalom classification. On Wednesday the skiers continue with a giant in the Austrian resort.
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