Both Henrik Kristoffersen and Lucas Braathen delivered strong first runs in the slalom race in Wengen, Switzerland.
The second half starts at 1:15 p.m. and is broadcast on TV 3.
As the first starter, Braathen made the list with a time of 57.61 on the very wet and salty Wengen course.
– It was absolutely horrible, but I knew that given the difficulty, I had done a good job, Braathen told Viaplay.
Braathen’s time was quickly beaten by Switzerland’s Loïc Meillard, who finished 0.48 seconds faster than the Norwegian but trailed by more along the way.
– I started slowly, I couldn’t get the pendulum out from the start. It’s probably six tenths in the first split, it’s just completely ridiculous, says Braathen.
After the so-called best have rolled, it is precisely Meillard who leads.
Right behind, however, follows a Norwegian. Because from the starting number six, Kristoffersen delivered solidly and placed himself between Meillard and Braathen in second place. Until the Swiss, there are 0.45 seconds left before the second round.
Atle Lie McGrath, who was second in Adelboden two weeks ago, beaten only by Braathen, is fifth after the first round. In the goal area, he sent a blow to the Briton, who scored in the first half:
– It was an assassination attempt signed by the British, so we Norwegians will have a slope where you can see skiing a little better, McGrath explains to Viaplay.
Norwegian coach Christian Mitter will open the doors in the second half.
Because not only were the conditions difficult in Wengen, but also the combinations of objectives that had been set.
– The conditions actually held up to me pretty well, it wasn’t very hot, but the course was extremely much tougher than we all expected, McGrath said.
But even with three Norwegians in the top five, it wasn’t all ups and downs in Wengen on Sunday morning. Sebastian Foss-Solevåg chased and therefore did not reach the final round.
– He’s in real trouble, Sebastian. There have been too many here, exclaimed Viaplay commentator Andreas Toft.
Of the four races the 31-year-old has contested this season, he has worn out in three of them.
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