January 27, 2022

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Comment: reasonable decision by Vlhová

Yesterday 07:20

Having missed a giant parallel slalom in Lech, where she managed to defend last year’s championship, Petra Vlova, will not even start in the next series of the World Cup Downhill Skiing Championships in Lake Louise, Saint Petersburg. Moritzi and probably not even in Val d´Isere.

You must not return to the “White Circus” carousel until December 21 in Courchevel, when “The Giant” is on the programme. Together, weather permitting, up to seven races will be held, which would be without the Slovaks.

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No, Liptachec doesn’t have health issues, she’s perfectly fine! Her decision to take a competitive break did not come from day to day, but was shown to the public before the start of the season. Vlhová made it clear that, unlike last winter, she is no longer chasing trying to get as many points as possible.

What would she do anyway, because she already has a big “ball” for the all-around championship in the World Cup on her home soil of the show. Her priority is to focus on the disciplines of spinning, to which she sometimes adds windsurfing, so that she can in the best possible form “fight” with competitors for precious metals at the February Winter Olympics in Beijing.

At Lake Louise, St. Louis Moritz and Val d´Isere will compete in the speed disciplines. Flova had never been to the Canadian winter resort before, and while she’s already competed with the European teams, she’s never been into the Super G or the downhill. The hills don’t know at all about these disciplines, which is a major flaw in the sport.

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Although Liptacek is a pioneer in the field of skateboarding, she may be able to adapt to the conditions there relatively quickly, but expecting the elite to compete in their premieres is unimaginable. And we must not forget about the possibility of injury.

Therefore, the humidity decision must be viewed in a positive light. She and her implementation team know what they’re doing. Sure, Slovak fans will miss their star so much in the coming weeks that without him the race wouldn’t be the “real nut”, but from the end of December Petra won’t stop any longer. And we believe that at the same time it will not be discontinued from now on!