What would make last season’s big reveal happy? “A medal at the Games or a globe,” the 24-year-old Nidwalden told AFP. These are two big goals, very difficult to achieve, but I will give my all. “
In a few months, Odermatt went from the status of young prodigy, five-time world junior champion in 2018, to that of favorite for the general, returned to a hair’s breadth of Pinturault before giving in in the finals. “At the time I didn’t think about it, because I wanted to ski race by race and I didn’t let the emotions come over me. But looking back, my chances of winning the big globe were really high.”
Passing so close to the Grail showed him that he could “compete with the best in (his) 3 disciplines”, the giant, the super-G and the downhill, with 9 podiums over the season including 3 successes – in Santa Caterina ( giant), Saalbach (super-G) and Kranjska Gora (giant).
“I can keep the good things for the next big events”, in particular the Olympics (February 4-20).