Madonna di Campiglio is the oldest venue in the World Cup in Italy. The slalom event has been held in this beautiful Italian town since the 1966/67 season, the year of the founding of the World Cup. More than 50 years later, the event is still underway and attracts thousands of people to the traditional night race on December 22.
Today, the night slalom of Madonna di Campiglio offered a surprising podium, with Daniel Yule achieving the first victory of his career and the Austrians Marco Schwarz and Michael Matt completing the podium.
After the first heat, one could have thought that we were facing the staging of another duel for the victory between Henrik Kristoffersen and Marcel Hirscher. Together they have won 38 World Cup slaloms in the last six years. But today's outcome was different. Kristoffersen and Hirscher made two mistakes in the top during the second heat, losing all chances of getting on the podium.
Three young people, who have settled in the Top group of the slalom test were the beneficiaries of the situation. First: Daniel Yule. The Swiss was in a solid 4th position after the first heat, just +6.66 from the head. While many others fought in the second set, he pushed hard and made a smooth run from start to finish. After two podiums last season in Kitzbuehel and Schladming, the 25-year-old skier won his first World Cup victory.
Behind him, the Austrian Marco Schwarz returned to the podium after two difficult seasons. The first podium of her career was at Madonna di Campiglio in 2015, and after an excellent first heat, where she finished third (+0.32), she was able to maintain her good classification and achieved the third podium in her career.
After finishing in thirteenth position in the first heat, Michael Matt was in a different situation. With the second fastest time in the second set (behind Dave Ryding), the Austrian showed a strong reaction and won the last place on the podium. The winner of the slalom Kranjska Gora in 2017 celebrated here the seventh podium of his career.