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He could still break these ski records this season

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He could still break these ski records this season

Marco Odermatt is guaranteed to win the overall World Cup. On his sensational ride through the season, he can displace a few ski legends in the remaining four weeks – but certainly not two.

Marco Odermatt had to show his best skiing to win in the second run of the giant slalom in Palisades Tahoe on Saturday.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP

If everything revolves around points and bullets, records and series, then Marco Odermatt invents another statistic: In terms of atmosphere, Palisades Tahoe is the third best giant slalom in the World Cup behind Adelboden and Schladming, he told SRF after his victory on Saturday. Rather surprisingly, around 15,000 spectators gathered under the Californian sun and loudly praised Odermatt’s achievement.

Since Saturday, Odermatt’s overall World Cup victory has also been mathematically certain, and so early in the season. No injury or opponent will stop him from winning the third big crystal ball. With this triumph, Odermatt joins an illustrious group. Three overall victories in a row were also achieved by: the Italian Gustav Thöni from 1971 to 1973, the Swede Ingemar Stenmark from 1976 to 1978, the American Phil Mahre from 1981 to 1983 and the Austrian record holder Marcel Hirscher, whose series of eight overall victories from 2012 to 2019 was unmatched by anyone able to interrupt.

Will Odermatt be the first man to win four crystal balls in 23 years?

Odermatt can still establish himself at the top of other leaderboards at the end of this winter. This way the dominator could win four crystal balls in one fell swoop; Hermann Maier last achieved this for men in 2001. Pirmin Zurbriggen’s record of five balls, however, will probably remain out of reach for Odermatt forever, as he only competes in three disciplines.

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The 26-year-old is currently leading the rankings in “his” disciplines. It will be most exciting in the downhill, where he is 42 points ahead of Cyprien Sarrazin, who is currently slightly injured. On the last day of the season, on March 24th, this duel will be decided in Saalbach. If Sarrazin wins and Odermatt comes fourth, the ball belongs to the Frenchman.

The second big goal is to extend the winning streak in the giant slalom. Odermatt has won all seven races so far this winter and has ten victories across all seasons. Only one person has more such successes in this discipline, the Swede Ingemar Stenmark with 14. Odermatt could equal this record by the end of March.

With his run, Odermatt is now in the top 3 in this category across all genders: apart from Stenmark, only the Austrian Annemarie Moser-Pröll has achieved ten or more World Cup victories in a row in the same discipline, eleven in the downhill from 1972 to 1974. All season races one Franz Klemm also managed to win discipline in the downhill in 1975.

1001 points difference to second

Odermatt already holds the record for the most wins in a season (13), set last year, and he still has to share it with Stenmark, Maier and Hirscher. This winter, the man from Nidwalden has eleven triumphs and is still running six races.

And the record hunt continues. Odermatt could beat his own men’s record of 2042 points from last year – but Tina Maze’s absolute record (2414) could no longer be surpassed.

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But we still have one. Odermatt could win the men’s overall ranking by a record margin. The difference between him and second place is 1001 points before Sunday’s slalom in Palisades Tahoe, which he is not driving. The record stands at 743 points in 2001, when Hermann Maier triumphed ahead of his compatriot Stephan Eberharter.

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