Levi's dream run makes Andrea Filser self-confident
Created: 11/26/2022, 06:30
Really fast: Due to an outstanding second run, Andrea Filser moved up from 24th to 13th place in Levi's second World Cup slalom.
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The start of the season in the World Cup was a success for Andrea Filser.
Before the next slalom in the United States, the wild climber is relaxed.
- That was a start that could hardly have been better: Andrea Filser scored World Cup points in both World Cup slaloms in Levi (Finland) and achieved her best World Cup result so far with 13th place last Sunday.
"It can go on like this," said the ski racer from SV Wildsteig with a laugh and added: "It feels really good." With 24th and 13th place, it was a comeback as desired.
"It's a dream to start the season like this."
One run particularly stands out for Filser
The 29-year-old did well in each of the four slalom runs on the Levi World Cup slope – but one still stands out.
"The second run on Sunday was really nice, for me and everyone who has accompanied me over the past few months." In this decisive run of Levi's second slalom, the wild climber set the fifth fastest time and made it clear that she was in the best can get involved.
On Sunday I already felt while driving that I hit the steep slope well.
She had speculated a bit that she would – once again – emerge stronger from the rehab period, "and maybe even a little faster than before." But she wasn't sure.
Now, with a fifth run and her best World Cup result under her belt, she can be.
"On Sunday I already felt while driving that I was hitting the steep slope well," remembers Filser.
The skis were quiet, which always means that you have more pull.
"This gives you security and you dare to drive even more boldly." And that's fast.
At the finish, the 29-year-old was a bit surprised at how fast it was: "0.77 seconds ahead is great." The green bar lit up "really, really green".
Filser has already achieved half the qualifying standard for the World Cup
However, Filser did not stay in the leader box for very long, just four numbers later the Norwegian Mina Fuerst Holtmann, who was just a hundredth of a second faster, took the lead.
Nevertheless, it was already clear at this point how much Filser's time was worth.
"My teammate Jessica Hilzinger counted the whole time and kept me up to date while I was changing." Then she counted it herself.
"And when it finally went below my best result so far, 18th place, I was very happy." Because the top 15 is simply a house number.
At first, Filser was not even aware that with her result in the top 15 she had already fulfilled half the qualifying standard for the World Championships in Courchevel in mid-February.
"I only noticed that in the media," she said and laughed.
But she won't think about it much now either.
“I watch from race to race and just have a lot of fun doing it.
The rest will then take care of itself.”
On Sunday at the slalom in Killington, Filser wants to get more World Cup points
So she is now traveling to Killington in the US state of Vermont in a relaxed manner.
There is another World Cup slalom on the program this Sunday.
Filser's goal: Get points again and get closer to the top 30 on the start list.
Last year, she failed to do so in the United States, albeit narrowly.
This time, with the confidence she's picked up in Levi, it might work.