Christiane Santen (52) is happy about her World Cup medals: "A childhood dream came true"
Wartenberg/Göstling – 150 helpers per day, 331 athletes from 22 countries, perfect slopes – “they just know how it’s done,” says Christiane Santen, enthusing about the conditions at the master class Alpine Ski World Championships.
She spent wonderful days in Göstling an der Ybbs (Lower Austria) - and successful ones.
The 52-year-old from Wartenberg returned with a silver and a bronze medal.
At first, however, patience was called for.
The start of the giant slalom had to be postponed due to fog.
"Then the sun came and we 65 women could start," says Santen.
The slope was perfectly groomed so that the top favorite didn't have to fear any surprises either.
The Czech Dagmar Tumova achieved her victory superiorly.
Behind them came local hero Martina Stickler and in third place Christiane Santen.
"My first medal at the World Championships," the SC Auerbach racer rejoices.
“At first there were tears and a cry of joy.” She definitely didn't expect this podium finish.
After the course of the season so far, “I thought I had forgotten the giant slalom.
My focus was more on the slalom”.
This was then on the program on the Draxlerjoch: start at an altitude of 1530 meters.
40 goals were set at 144 meters.
"Doable," says Santen, reminiscent of a slalom in Slovakia with 60 poles.
"The pump worked properly."
With 43.69 seconds, Santen took second place in category C 5 after the first round, that's all seven racers born between 1968 and 1972. She was eight tenths slower than Tumova, but also one second faster than the Italian Raffaella Ghirarduzzi.
“The slope had a hard grip, but I was super nervous because I was the first in my age group to start.
But my skis held up great.”
Then the second pass: 14 degrees on the southern slope.
"The slope was softer, but very well prepared and had a good grip," says Santen, who started second to last and talked about Ghirarduzzi's tactical games: "She made a big fuss at the start, probably to throw Dagmar and me out of rhythm. But the woman from Wartenberg withstood the pressure, got seven tenths out of her competitor and won silver.
"The award ceremony was worthy of a World Cup," says Santen of "goosebumps and tears.
A childhood dream came true”.
Ghirarduzzi could also be happy about bronze in the Super-G (behind Tumova and Strickler).
Santen was fifth.
"It was a relaxed race, because I don't really like the fast discipline, but I still felt good," she says, thinking back out loud to the beautiful days of Göstling, to the market square festively decorated with flags, to the opening ceremony with brass band music and FIS anthem.
A great end to this ski season?
Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that.
Yesterday, the busy woman from Wartenberg was already on her way to Meribel, France, where the World Cup finals in all three disciplines are taking place.
"If I'm lucky, I'll come home with a World Cup ball," she says.
After that, a ski test is scheduled to try out new material.
“And actually I would like to go on a ski tour.
That was far too short.” In May, however, she will put her skis in summer.
This is followed by basic training: mountain biking, jogging, hiking.
"Everything but no more slalom poles."