Vail, united states of America, 14. February 1999
alpine skiing world cup decision day
Vail slope was new.
it was known only that the slope is just a mirror frozen.
there was a good world cup races and the support of self-confidence. Two days earlier, he was able to reach the world cup giant slalom in the 17:th. Investment let to believe.
Palander had just risen from a hot group of fifteen among the slalom cup and got a draw in the MM-stringing the starting number to eight.
– Quite often, after rising for the first time in the hot group, is an eight. The front has a horrid slew of stars, Palander says.
His ski his put was too sharp for the first decline.
the sharpness and peilijää were a difficult combination. Favorites run out.
– Just to get to the finish first. I counted like hell, Palander remember.
It was enough for seventh place.
Palander said head coach Christian Leitner to take his medal.
It was the first sign my uhosta, Palander said.
the Hard places were already familiar with the 21-year-old Palanderille. He was pujotellut Nagano olympics ninth a year earlier.limitillä kalle Palander and MM-gold. AOP
on vail Palander remember the first landing of a terrible battle.
the Second landing was limitillä all the time so as always win the count – if this get louder, so then let's go, Palander told exit risk.
just Thought, if someone is pulled harder, is a tough guy at that point.
Palander ventilation wildly in the end zone. He knew that will come through the best results. Sixth place was a career best by schladmingin in the world cup.did Not match the world champion Kalle Palander has just severed the maintenance man Samuli Sainio pony tail. IL-ARCHIVE
the Six men were still to come down.
I Then began to see the same way, that aren't these do at all for me, Palander says.
When at least a bronze medal ensured, Palander ventilation wildly.
– All the others after that were in the twilight zone. Don't really know what happened. Did not understand, how here to behave when you win such a big race, Palander chuckling.
That's why they are my behaviors were pretty fun to paint too. But hell real. They were not practiced at all.
Palander won the world championship gold medal by 0.11 seconds difference Lasse Kjusin .
He compared the world championship winning moments of Kitzbühel's first victory four years later. Then, he had already planned everything, what she will do and say to the media.
Vail was not designed for. Palander remember seeing an interview where he stated many times that this is so cool, so cool.Pusulööppi
Gold, of course, was celebrated. There was the evening paper's then editor of the Pekka bear the risk . Palander other to end up with his newspaper headline, someone to congratulate huulipunapusu on his cheek.
you don't think that we ten or eleven bottles of Dom Perignon? It was a hard landing, I hear. Vail is not exactly the cheapest of places, Palander says.
the journey Home begins tomorrow morning. The maintenance man Samuli Sainio provide feedback to the gold medalists, which compresses the hotel stuff to the other while waiting in the car.
– Sainio come to yell at me, that Palander, it is all the same, you're a world champion. The aircraft is not expected.
the Champion suffered nausea. Dom Perignon was suspected of cork failure.business class
the first stopover was in New York and the next in Frankfurt.
There was beginning to figure things that hey! Finland has written this much. Punched the leaves in your hand and a business class in my life for the first time, Palander says.
the Captain congratulated the alert its.
I then began to realize that there is a hell, what is the right thing to do!
the Helsinki-Vantaa recipients were waiting.Army
palander was supposed to return the same evening to the Bay to continue the 330 days of military service. The return, however, was postponed until the following morning.
the sports school to take everything out of the world championship. Palander and his associates introduced the military skills to the media.
I criticized the hell of it, even though we insisted worked surprisingly well, he said.
meanwhile, My Male and Antti Herbarium from the military service almost. Male spent only two nights in the barracks.
the world champion's season ended in disappointment. He lost to Mika Marilalle SM-slalom Salla. Loss sting. At the same time stayed in one of an extra leave day.