Alpine skiing: Liensberger looks to the new year positively

“That I was able to show it that way is brilliant, it’s great. I just wish that I can continue to work ‘step by step’ in the right direction and look positively into the new year, ”said the 24-year-old from Vorarlberg, who only had to admit defeat to the Slovakian Petra Vlhova by 0.51 seconds. “In the second run I just wanted to have fun skiing and show what I can do. I knew I had the strength to give everything again. I am happy that it was enough for second place. “

In the new year she takes the hope that “one day it will be one hundred percent healthy”. With the exception of the season opener at the giant slalom in Sölden (fourth), Liensberger said in retrospect, she wasn’t fully fit at the start of any single race this winter. Very cold, she landed in 16th place in the parallel race in Lech / Zürs, was still beaten in the slaloms in Levi sixth and eighth and fourth in that in Killington. She missed the two giant slalom runs in Courchevel because of her CoV quarantine, from which she was only released on Monday.

Health as a question mark

“The season has been difficult for me so far, also mentally. If you prepare yourself all summer to be able to access what you want in winter, and that is then not possible in terms of health, of course it hurts a lot somewhere. ”In general, the situation is not an easy one, especially when you see that Mikaela Shiffrin was not at the start because of CoV in Lienz and like many other racers have already caught it.

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Only two days after the end of her CoV quarantine, Liensberger clinched the first podium place for the ÖSV technicians this year

After the symptoms of the CoV infection, she was unable to assess in advance what fitness in Lienz could allow. “It was difficult to say how you were doing because I was only inside for ten days and couldn’t even get a breath of fresh air. Of course I was happy that I could drive, but of course I noticed that it might not be as easy as I imagined. “

“Full of energy into the new year”

During the journey to the Lienz races, she “had half a training day and used it for the slalom”. Accordingly, it wasn’t really enough in the giant slalom. “It is all the better that I was able to build on my form again in the slalom.”

The gate run in Zagreb will follow on January 4th. “Now it’s time to regenerate well and prepare well for the upcoming races. And start the new year full of energy. I notice it’s getting better every day. This morning I felt a lot better than yesterday, I just noticed that there was a lot of trust there. ”The exact planning is still open. “On the one hand I have to regenerate well, get in shape, on the other hand I missed a lot of training and have to see that I get back on track.”



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