Marco Odermatt & Matthias Mayer: These are wearing the red jerseys
There have been already two races each this World Cup winter in the super-G and downhill disciplines. The Swiss Marco Odermatt (super-G) and the Austrian Matthias Mayer (downhill) collected the most points.
Marco Odermatt has been considered a huge talent in the ski scene for years and really took off last winter with three World Cup victories and seven additional podium finishes. This season, the all-rounder has seamlessly continued his brilliant performances of the previous year and has already claimed three victories in the first races - putting him in the provisional lead in the overall World Cup.
In addition to the red jersey of the overall World Cup leader, Odermatt also holds first place in the giant slalom and super-G rankings. While the 24-year-old is still unbeaten in the giant slalom this year, he took a first and a second place in the first two super-Gs of the season. In Val Gardena/Gröden, Odermatt is one of the top favorites to win the super-G - even though he is still waiting for an absolute top place on the Saslong. In his three super-G starts, the Swiss has only finished ninth in the top ten once - but his Val Gardena/Gröden record, which still holds some room for improvement, could soon change for the better this year.
Mayer also has a score to settle
Like Odermatt, the leader of the downhill standings, Matthias Mayer, also collected 180 points in the first two races of the season. The 31-year-old Carinthian followed up his opening victory in Lake Louise with a second place in Beaver Creek. Which is why his name comes up particularly frequently when listing the favorites to win the downhill classic.
But Mayer hasn't quite made friends with the Saslong just yet either - and that holds true particularly in the downhill race: While the two-time Olympic champion has already finished third on the podium here in the super-G, he has never finished higher than seventh in the downhill. Now Mayer wants to break this taboo and defend his top position in the fight for the small crystal globe with as many points as possible.