Ski sensation at the World Cup – Flachland-Kira races to silver

Kira Weidle (24) races to the next ski sensation! In the downhill she finished second at the World Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo: “Crazy, I don’t even know what to say,” she cheered on ARD.

Only Corinne Suter (26) from Switzerland was 0.20 seconds faster. After Romed Baumann (35) in the Super-G, the second silver medal for Germany.

Weidle comes from the lowlands. Born in Stuttgart, moved to Sprockhövel in North Rhine-Westphalia at the age of four. Weidle: “I’m not your typical mountain kid.”

The fact that she is now runner-up world champion is mainly due to her grandfather Fritz (76). The trained ski instructor put her on skis for the first time when she was two years old and took over her ski training in the Allgäu.

Grandpa Fritz, who taught Kira Weidle to skiPhoto: private

Grandpa: “Within just three days she was able to ski really well and is down the World Cup slope in Ofterschwang.” Actually, he is always present at major events, but unfortunately the corona pandemic slowed him down this time. Spectators are banned in Italy. At the age of six, Weidle moved with her family to Starnberg (south of Munich), where she still lives today. There are no mountains either, but at least the Alps are close.

Now Kira from the lowlands is vice world champion in the downhill, the king’s discipline. The season started with a shock: before the first World Cup race in Val d’Isère (France), she crashed in both training sessions. Then she had to have an operation on her thumb in mid-December. At the World Cup downhill she wore a thin racing glove for the first time on the left, which is more streamlined. Before that, she had a padded mitten over her left hand.

The plan was for her to go home immediately after the World Cup downhill. But now Weidle says after Silber: “I will extend another night, that has to be celebrated.”


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