Criticism of special rule for Kriechmayr: "This is a kindergarten"

Participation in the training is necessary according to the prevailing interpretation of the rules in order to drive a descent. However, the FIS wiped that off the table on Thursday afternoon. Race director Markus Waldner explained: A runner only has to be on the start list for the training sessions – which was the case with Kriechmayr on Tuesday and Wednesday – must start from the original start, then he can stop immediately and it would count as replacement training. Waldner said that this has already been done in the past with athletes who fell ill for a short time.


A jury decision on Thursday afternoon gave Kriechmayr this opportunity on the Friday before the first Wengen descent. He drove out of the start house at 9.44 a.m., unbuckled his seatbelt after a few meters and started inspecting the track. He then completed the shortened descent with start number 7 and took twelfth place, 1.26 seconds behind winner Aleksander Aamodt Kilde.

“In the Langentrejen I was too straight, then again before the Silberhorn jump, I couldn’t keep up with the pace,” said the 30-year-old. “Kernen-S is the only one where I really would have liked to have had a training run.” He would also have liked to have driven the starting curve once. Otherwise it wasn’t necessarily a disadvantage that he couldn’t do any training. “In return, I had fresher feet than my colleagues. I’ve driven there a few times, so it’s not that tragic.”

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