Myhrer lands on the podium in Japan

Getting back on the podium has long been a goal for the HEAD World Cup Rebels and while Myhrer, Ted Ligety and Alexis Pinturault have all been close after the first run, this is the first time a Rebel has made the podium at the end of the race since Miller achieved the feet in Levi.

Third after the first run, Myhrer was just five hundredths off taking the win. Having been just over two-tenths from the top spot after the first run, Myhrer managed to tackle the tricky middle section better than those going after him to hang onto second place.

“It was a tough day,” said Myhrer. “First run was good visibility and second run we had really bad visibility and water on the goggles and didn’t see much. I’ve been struggling for a while in slalom and I feel happy to be back on the podium. It was a tough day, but I managed to stay in the track and create some speed anyway and it was almost the top.”

Tough was a good way to describe conditions as well: The first run was in sunshine while the second took place in rain and fog. With the course deteriorating, earlier runners had the better of things yet Myhrer still managed to hold his nerve to take a well deserved podium.

Myhrer added: “It feels like the older you get, you try to enjoy more things in life I guess. You don’t take anything for granted. I’ve been having a tough season, but I was looking forward to coming here in Japan because it’s a really nice experience.”

This was a new hill for all the racers with the last World Cup race taking place in Naeba 41 years ago. The general feeling was, however, positive.

With this result, Myhrer moves up into eleventh in the Slalom World Cup.

The Women’s Downhill in Crans Montana, Switzerland, was cancelled due to excessive snowfall meaning the racing safety could not be guaranteed.

 

Results

1. Felix Neureuther
2. Andre Myhrer (SWE) HEAD
3. Marco Schwarz
19. Jonathan Nordbotten (NOR) HEAD

 

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