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Winters First Career Top 10 In Adelboden Slalom

By Mackenzie Moran
January, 9 2022

On the notorious terrain of Adelboden, Switerzland's classic slalom, in front of thousands of screaming Swiss fans, Luke Winters put together two fast, solid runs to land him in the top 10 for the first time in his World Cup slalom career. The 24-year-old has shown speed on the World Cup before but has struggled to break into the top 15. His best finish in a World Cup slalom had been 19th until Sunday. 

"It feels good to put two together, I haven't done that much in my career so far, especially here," said Winters. "I've qualified three out of the four times, but I've had two bad second runs both years."

Wearing bib 43, Winters came into second run sitting in 18th. He charged down the course, leading the field by three-tenths of a second in the third split, but lost a bit of time the last few gates, sliding behind proceeding athletes Loic Meillard and Alex Vinazter in third, enough to hang on to 10th overall.

"This year, before second, I just said I wanted to push it and ski hard and ski fast," reflected Winters. "I wasn't too worried about the result and I wasn't too worried about my execution out of the gate. Coming through and seeing that third place felt good."

Sunday's final podium nearly saw an Austrian sweep, with Johannes Strolz in first, and Manuel Feller in second. Germany's Linus Strasser was able to hang on to a third-place podium when Austria's Fabio Gstrien straddled early on in his second run.

Fellow U.S. athletes Jett Seymour and George Steffey did not qualify for a second run. Alex Leever did not finish the first run.

Next, the men head to Wengen on Jan. 16 for a full week of racing at a classic stop on the World Cup tour, featuring a pair of downhills, a super-G (rescheduled from Bormio), and a slalom. 

Men's slalom

*All times EST.

Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022
12:00 pm - FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 1 - LIVE, Schladming, AUT, Streaming Peacock
2:45 pm - FIS Alpine World Cup Women's Slalom, run 2 – LIVE, Schladming, AUT, Streaming Peacock

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