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Alpine skiing: Odermatt tames the fog and flies over the first round of the Adelboden giant

Switzerland's Marco Odermatt set the best time in the first round of the giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, relegating the competition to more than a second despite a route shortened due to fog.

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Alpine skiing: Odermatt tames the fog and flies over the first round of the Adelboden giant

Switzerland's Marco Odermatt set the best time in the first round of the giant slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland, relegating the competition to more than a second despite a route shortened due to fog.

Winner of the last two editions of the event, the world No. 1 and double holder of the big crystal globe relegated the Austrian Stefan Brennsteiner to 1 sec 04 and the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde to 1 sec 15.

Odermatt started in third position under a sky whitened by snow, while the reduced visibility had pushed the organizers to abandon the first section of the track to attack directly from a flatter part, before the final wall at more than 60%.

The Frenchman Alexis Pinturault, triple winner on the Chuesnisbärgli (2017, twice in 2021), gave up at the very start of the day to join his wife Romane, about to give birth to their first child.

Thibaut Favrot, Léo Anguenot and Victor Muffat-Jeandet for their part signed the 8th, 13th and 29th provisional times after 32 runs, respectively 1 sec 42, 1 sec 63 and 2 sec 73 behind Odermatt.

The second round is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. (12:30 GMT).

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