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Vienna – Monday, October 11, 2021, 1:16 p.m.

3, 5, 3, 4 – in the last giant slalom races of last season in the Alpine Ski World Cup, Stefan Brennsteiner finally revealed his potential and ended an ÖSV lull after superstar Marcel Hirscher resigned.

It is almost a miracle that the 30-year-old from Salzburg is still wearing his skis after four cruciate ligament tears and a cartilage injury. The cruciate ligament tears were not a big issue, says Brennsteiner in the “Krone“-Interview.

It was clear to him: “That’s not it yet!” After the cartilage injury suffered in Courchevel in February 2020, the sudden end of his career was in the air: “A piece of the external cartilage was lost.” He then asked himself: “Is my body still doing it? Do you really want to be there when you are 30 without having anything on your side financially?

“More over the hips, less over the knees”

Together with Hirscher’s father Ferdinand and coach Mike Pircher, Brennsteiner changed his driving style: “More about the hips, less about the knees,” the RTL specialist explains the big change.

This minimized the risk of injury, Brennsteiner’s driving style became more stable and ultimately led him to the podium. The 30-year-old also wants to confirm the strong end of the season at the Ski World Cup opener in Sölden in 13 days.

“Sölden is always very special. But I know that I can ride with the very best,” he reports, but does not prescribe an exact result because it “never works”.

But the Salzburg man has the next goal in mind: “That must be the first victory!”

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