“were The last days of extremely hard,” Stefan Luitz said. At the beginning of December, he won the giant slalom in Beaver Creek. The joy lasted only a short time, due to the unauthorized intake of oxygen between the two races in the United States Luitz threatens the deprivation of his greatest sporting success. The had the 26-Year-old, in the following race, he landed only on the squares of 30 and 20.

After the nerve-wracking days Luitz celebrated but is now again a success. In the Parallel giant slalom of Alta Badia, he landed on the fifth place. In the K. o. races Luitz was only in the quarter-finals to the eventual winner, Marcel Hirscher beat. “The fun is back,” said Luitz. The German Alpine Director Wolfgang Maier said: “This is for him a really good result.”

First of all, Luitz defeated the Austrians, Marco Schwarz (+0,04), in the second round, he was 0.15 seconds faster than Thomas Tumler of Switzerland. Against Hirscher, he then lost almost of 0.08 seconds. “The battle against Marcel, man against man who has helped me,” he said. In the placement round Luitz then sat almost against the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (+0,06), before he left in the race for fifth place Gino Caviezel of Switzerland (+0,27).

“You noticed that he was to ride better, and again, a certain degree of looseness and stability when skiing has won,” said Maier, who had previously stressed, with the German ski Federation (DSV), the deadline for comment in the oxygen-affair up to 26. To want December to be fully exploited.

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