After four cruciate ligament tears, the career of the speed specialist from Nußdorf am Attersee is just picking up speed. In the first Lauberhorn descent, the roarer was the best Austrian in fourth place and confirmed his strong performances in the previous descents of the season.
Course for Beijing
Hemetsberger had already shown in eighth place in Beaver Creek, in Bormio he was fourth most recently, in Wengen the 30-year-old was 16 hundredths of a second behind Beat Feuz and the first podium of his career. “It’s surreal, I just wanted to be in the top 15,” admitted Hemetsberger after his first World Cup descent in Wengen.
With ranks 8, 4, 4, the SV Unterach runner should be sure of a place in the Austrian Olympic squad. The chances are also good for Carinthian Max Franz, who finished fifth as the second-best Austrian, immediately ahead of double Olympic champion Matthias Mayer. However, three more descents are still waiting until the Winter Games in Beijing: today the classic Lauberhorn descent over the entire length, and then there will be two more runs on the Streif in Kitzbühel.