After a gruelling wait at the finish area, Ambrosi Hoffmann finally could enjoy his first podium finish of the season at Val Gardena-Gröden where he finished 3rd in the ‘Classical’ Saslong downhill race.
It’s his seventh top-3 result in a major event including the 2006 Olympics at Sestriere where he also came in 3rd in Super-G. The 32-year-old Swiss, 8th here a year ago, was glad to have confirmed his promising form after achieving a solid performance at Lake Louise where he was 5th.
“I skied out at Beaver Creek and I was looking for such kind of result to get back my full confidence,” Ambrosi said after the race. “I felt comfortable here during the training runs so I was expecting more than my 14th place in the Super-G on Friday,” he added. “I needed to fight back and show myself I can ski faster.”
“It’s possible thought that the lower start-numbers had better conditions, but you have to deal with such kinds of variables when you’re practising an outdoor sport. I felt fine during my run and I was hoping for a good result today. It’s nice to finish again among the best after my disappointing race in Colorado. “
“I think I lost too much time in the difficult Ciaslat turns situated before the last gliding section, I could have been even faster today,” Ambrosi also said. “At the start, I saw that the course was not as fast as in training so I was looking for a more direct line in those turns, but I was shaken by the bumps and went too wide at a certain point. I could have won today with just a normal way of skiing there – without trying so hard to make up time.”
“But I don’t want to complain, I’m sure that the two skiers classified ahead of me also had their problems in other sections. I’m just glad I reached again the podium today, it’s a very worthy result for me right now.”
“I can now go back home with a good feeling and enjoy a short break before the next downhill at Bormio,” concluded the Swiss who hopes to compete at Vancouver in two months. “Our team is very strong in downhill and it will not be easy to be among the best four at Whistler,” he explained. “My main goal for the next weeks is to be as consistent as possible and gain a lot of confidence for the top races in January.”