Alpine skier Danioth makes it four podiums on the trot at the YOG
Swiss skier Aline Danioth’s comfortable victory in the slalom on 18 February put her on the podium for the fourth time in four competitions at the women’s Alpine skiing events at Lillehammer 2016.
Along with three-time gold medallist River Radamus (USA), Aline Danioth has emerged as one of the undisputed Alpine skiing stars at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer. While River is yet to compete in the men’s slalom, Aline wrapped up her individual competitions with yet another trip to the podium after storming to victory in the women’s slalom on the slopes of Hafjell.
Hailing from Andermatt, Aline added slalom gold to the three medals she has already won at this year’s YOG: bronze in the super-G, gold in the combined and another bronze in the giant slalom. All of this before her 18th birthday, which she celebrates on 12 March.
“It’s a special event,” she said. “I can only compete in the Youth Olympic Games once in my life, so to win four medals is so cool.”
Taking to the slopes wearing the No7 bib, Aline established herself as the skier to beat in the first run. Skiing fluidly, she was able to maintain her speed right to the end of the course and ended up 0.91 seconds in front of her nearest rival Nadine Fest of Austria. The rest of the field, led by Ali Nullmeyer (AUT) and Meta Hrovat (SLO), were over a second back.
Going into the second run, Meta and Ali were able to capitalise on their solid first runs and put in a pair of strong performances, though Nadine lost time through the gates and dropped down the results list.
No one looked like knocking Aline off top spot, however. Her second run was once again the fastest and she recorded an imposing victory, ending up fully 1.59 seconds ahead of Ali in second place and 2.65 in front of Meta in third.
After her victory Aline spared a thought for her team-mate Mélanie Meillard, GS champion on 16 February, who skied out during the first run.
“Slalom is so fast that [it’s easy to go out],” she commiserated. “She is such a good skier - she could also have made a medal today. I don’t know how she’s feeling right now, but it’s never easy after something like that happens.”
Elated with her silver medal, Ali said: “I was in third place after the third run. I thought, ‘Just go for it, ski your best and whatever happens, happens’. I definitely attacked it more. I can feel it in my legs now.”
She added: “Do I make a lot of sacrifices to do this? Yeah, definitely. [I’m a] little different to the average teenager, but I really enjoy skiing, so it’s worth it. In the hard times, when it’s not working out [in training], I think back to moments like this. It reminds me of why I’m doing it. Having an Olympic medal for it is awesome, it’s crazy.”