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Johan Esk: Marcel Hirschers world CHAMPIONSHIP gold medal was a victory for Sweden's OLYMPIC campaign

Åre world CUP was as expected.

cash-strapped Swedish results. And a classic Åre weather which made the organizers and the world CHAMPIONSHIP-volunteers to round-the-clock workers.

Prior to the tournament, I took up the world CUP as the chance to become a showcase for kampanjfolket who want to have the OS 2026 to Sweden. You know, those who don't see any no without run on like a piste in a snow storm on an uphill gradient.

”There is another thing that makes me very skeptical of Åre as part of the OS: the Weather. The infamous, capricious Åre-the weather.”

I Wrote and we can easily conclude that the weather with its winds, and then its warmth, created the world CUP we expected. It made the world CUP a long time was not a good OS-advertising.

I have previously been with the half a meter of snow rained and töat away in a couple of days around new year in Åre. I have experienced sleet, day after day, when it should have been vårvintersol at the end of march.

All that sightseeing know that the Åre winter is a single large väderlotteri. The criticism of the world CUP-the weather created among the riders should be seen for what it is.

When the italians said ”here, you can't have the OLYMPICS”, it should be remembered that the Milan/Cortina is Sweden's OLYMPIC opponents.

also sawn Åre as the OLYMPIC place to first in the besvikelsens pjäxbag that she then, on Thursday, missed the gold in the giant slalom.

But then talked to her about how the weather has shortened the runways and there I was inside the before the world CUP:

”For an alpine event organizer can bad weather do to the orbits of the cut so that they end up being too short.”

Six of the races in the Alpine world CUP have been forced to move down to the reservstartplatsen. The greatest problems the weather has created for störtloppen.

had (if we skip hundradelarna) a segertid in a minute and 19 seconds. Fastest damåk was 1.01. It is clearly shorter than what störtloppstiderna tend to be in the OLYMPICS.

the Lillehammer games in 1994, described as the latest, probably last, really overall the winter OLYMPICS. Segertiderna in the downhill was 1.45 (men) and 1.35 then.

Compare to this year's shortened world CUP downhill in Åre, with the last seven in the OLYMPICS has segertiderna been between 20 and 47 seconds longer on the men's side in the OS. On the women's side has guldåken in OS been between 27 and 55 seconds longer.

key issues:

• What does the length of the alpine competitions for the role when the International olympic committee shall determine the location of the winter OLYMPICS in 2026?

• How heavy that stuff, in comparison with the Swedish package with a OS that should be småskaligare and cheaper and thus more in line with the IOC's vision of the future?

we will not know until June.

I do not think that the first minute is OLYMPICS-worthy.

Segertider at 1.44 for men and 1.26 for ladies is completely okay.

had the world CUP 2007 in the planned störtloppsbanorna. But then the weather was an even worse problem. Then moved the first races forward two days because of the snowstorm.

What the eternally optimistic people in the Stockholm OLYMPIC campaign can shoot in front of itself if it becomes too much vädersnack check against the choice is the Åre world CUP organizers.

They have been struggling against the weather and managed to get to all the races on the right day. Stuff like that has not all the OLYMPIC organizers have done.

Åre-the only really big miss is when they broke up a hill and poured with salt and water in anticipation of that cold would come. It did not come. Given the key role weather had in the championship, it is unbelievable how the forecast could be read so wrong.

certainly not been perfect have the leaderboards been good for the world CUP-the organizers – and thus the Stockholm OLYMPIC campaign. The results have mirrored the class of the riders.

the Favourites has not always kept for the gold, but they have often been high and shown to the world CUP-slopes gone to go fast in. Even at the end of andraåk it was to have sufficient speed.

Why was Marcel Hirschers third world CUP gold in slalom is not only a big win for him. The last thing that happened in Åre was a miniseger for kampanjfolket who want to have the OS 2026 to Sweden.

The Swedish world CUP-bet has been surprised just as little as the weather.

Pernilla Wiberg Sweden's best tv-expert in all categories. In addition to the basic stuff that she is knowledgeable and up to date, she is equally good at explaining technical details as to dare to be uncomfortable.

when she before the world CUP came with its Swedish world tips.

Five medals.

Five? Had Wiberg has been on the après-ski on the way to the SVT-studio?

Myself, I thought of the two. A medal would come in the team competition and one would Frida Hansdotter take in the slalom.

Anna Swenn-Larsson destroyed the team competition with a grensling but saved Sweden's world CUP with his slalomsilver. Sweden's only medal.

finally: It is not only the Åre weather that makes me hesitant when it comes to Sweden's OLYMPIC bid. The risk is that attendance, overstated.

It has the Åre world CUP organizers made. The goal of 120.000 visitors were faced with last weekend written-down to a forecast against 95.000 spectators.

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