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Sweden's worst world CUP in ten years – the new branch provides increased opportunities 2021

Not in ten years, Sweden has taken fewer medals in an alpine world CUP.

Then, in 2009, became the blue and yellow medaljlöst.

Now, in 2019, it was not Frida Hansdotter or André Myhrer, who saved the Swedish honor. But Anna Swenn-Larsson, with his slalomsilver on Saturday.

technology week, created in Åre was on the pre-large, not least after the Hansdotters and Myhrers the OLYMPIC gold medal in the last year.

But slalomveteranerna has had a tougher year than last year, and could not repeat the feat at home.

"I failed to reach my goal, definitely," says Myhrer.

– But at the same time, as it has been during the season, perhaps it was high expectations.

probably 13th-placed Myhrers last mästerskapsstart – even if the veteran afterwards opened for a continuation.

Hansdotter has not yet provided any indication of the future, but to the next world CUP 2021 in Italian Cortina d'ampezzo – it is far, and immediately after the 20:th place in Sunday's slalom was a skater who Mattias Hargin that he could have raced clear.

Even Matts Olsson hesitant about the future.

In a way it was symbolic that it was the 27-year-old Swenn-Larsson, who took the only medal in Åre.

"Someone has to take over after me," said Hansdotter, the other day and laughed.

Alpinchefen Tommy Eliasson Winter would rather talk about on the importance of the right Swenn-Larsson.

" It means the most to one of our racers to 99.9 percent have been to fulfill his dream, he says – but in any case, it became a world CHAMPIONSHIP medal for hemmanationen was important.

" Yes, of course it is necessary.

" We are competing to take the medals and we don't make it, we would be disappointed.

the team competition and the men's slalom was the great Swedish chances in the world CUP.

– In storslalomen, with Frida (Hansdotter) and Sara (Hector) we have not was on medaljnivå, so as to believe that we will be there over a day was nothing like we expected, " says Eliasson Winter.

– In the men's giant slalom thought and hoped we at Matts Olsson. But his entrance to this championship was not good (concussion).

" We took two medals at the OLYMPICS in the last year. And now we do the worst world CUP since 2009. I don't think it says so much, " says Eliasson Winter.

But it was the team event (out in the quarter-finals), which became a blot.

fartsatsningen gave in the downhill and super-G, a Swedish 16th place as the best (Felix Monsén, downhill). In the combination was Lisa Hörnblad best wakeboard riders who nia.

If the objective to be able to challenge for the fartmedaljer in the OLYMPICS 2022 will manifest already in the world CUP a year earlier, 2021, remains to be seen.

however, it is Clear that the world CUP programme for the two years be expanded with an additional branch to the Swedish advantage.

the combination's to be or not to be in the world CUP were discussed.

on Wednesday came the news. The combination is left, a little on the sufferance even of the next world CUP.

But already in 2021, are subject to a teknikgren that suits the swedes: individual parallel slalom.

for a continuation of their career, " says André Myhrer at the same time as Anja Pärson – who took three gold in Åre by Sweden arranged the world CUP (2007) – welcomes the change.

" I understand the difficulties with the combination, says the Swedish alpinlegendaren.

" It is tough for the riders and it's tough to create a media interest. It is sad if something has to disappear in the future, but I truly believe in the parallel slalom.

often draws a lot of spectators. Already on Tuesday, it is time for Swenn-Larsson and company to compete in the discipline in Hammarbybacken in Stockholm.

– In the day you can see what sport you want to around the clock, " says Pärson.

" Therefore must alpinskidåkningen developed. For the future, we should not be so skeptical, but more open to ideas that can maintain interest.

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