Parallel World Champion Alexander Schmid experienced a sobering return to the Alpine World Cup. The ski racer from the Allgäu withdrew from the giant slalom in Palisades Tahoe on Saturday after making a mistake in the first run. His teammates Stefan Luitz, Fabian Gratz, Anton Grammel, Julian Rauchfuss and Linus Straßer also missed the leap into the final of the top 30.
Giant slalom world champion Marco Odermatt was in the lead at half time. It would be the ninth win of the season for the Swiss, who could break the legendary 2000-point mark set by Austrian Hermann Maier in one World Cup season this year.
The race in the California winter sports region had caused a lot of criticism. It is the second time this winter that the men are flying to the USA. In November the Alpines had been to Beaver Creek. Instead of holding the US races in Palisades Tahoe and Aspen directly afterwards, the world association Fis put them at the end of the season.
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