Dominik Fischnaller continues daydreaming after winning the Luge World Cup twelve years after Armin Zoeggeler. The fifth place obtained in the final stage of Winterberg and the contemporary eighth place of Felix Loch, the only opponent in the conditions to snatch the victory from him in the general classification, allowed the thirty-year-old carabiniere from Maranza to achieve the goal of a careerachieved at the culmination of a season in which his continuity of performances has been impressive, as also confirmed by the title achieved in the sprint rankingachieved since the week before.
“Last Sunday I experienced a day that will remain indelible in my memory – Dominik says -. The general classification was an objective that I had been pursuing for many years, I am delighted to have achieved it. We were quite nervous in the team before the race because the stakes were high, the points to manage against Loch weren’t many. But we managed to control the situation and in the end we embraced because things went in the best way. With Zoeggeler a glance was enough to understand each other immediately, I can say that it was the best fifth place of my career!”.
Fischnaller talks about the progress of his vintage. “The Austrians got off to a strong start in Igls, where they certainly have something more than the competition because it is their home track, but already in the following North American rounds in Whistler and Park City they are much more competitive with two victories and a third place. In Sigulda and Altenberg I controlled the situation well and scored important points in the farmhouse, then we arrived at the decisive appointments in St. Moritz and Winterberg with a good lead that proved to be decisive”.
The conquest of crystal ball in the season in which it Italian luge is back at the top level with the success of Voetter/Oberhofer in the general and in the sprint of the women’s doubles she has a decisive precedent. “The bronze medal at the Beijing 2022 Olympics gave me the peace of mind and relaxation that I may have lacked in the past, now I am serene and train with the right focus. Now I see things differently, and the future can also hold other satisfactions for me. After three world championship bronzes, I want to aim for gold in a World Cup. There are two good possibilities between Altenberg in 2024 and Whistler Mountain in 2025, before the Milan/Cortina Olympic appointment in 2026”.
A thought goes to the teamwork which was outstanding. “Sled and skates, our staff did an excellent job, our set up was always up to par and allowed us to limit the damage, even when I made a few small mistakes on the track. Congratulations to all. (fisi.org)(firstname.lastname@example.org)
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