There was an almost eerie silence on the first pass on the finish slope of the Planai. Only a few onlookers did not miss the women’s slalom in Schladming.
Red-blue-white instead of red-white-red: the flags that waved from the terrace of the Schladminger Tenne at the racetrack during the slalom were mainly aimed at Petra Vlhová from Slovakia. Little was noticeable of the usual atmosphere at the Night Race: When the Austrian racers entered the famous finish slope, it remained eerily quiet. Yesterday, without exception, the threshing floor was able to offer a privileged, unrestricted view of the ghost race. Nevertheless, the privacy screen was not an obstacle for some fans, some small groups – many wore FFP2 masks – peeked from the street, some fevered on the screen in the bars. Large crowds did not form – the Styrian police ensured that the mask requirement and the 2G rule in the gastro and in retail. Danger for race two? That was also necessary, because Schladming recorded the highest corona numbers in all of Styria yesterday. “We have a strong incursion from Salzburg,” says Christian Sulzbacher, district captain of Liezen. More cases could also jeopardize the men’s night race in two weeks. Holidaymaker Andrea Kohldörfer from Krems also had to show the QR code and ID. “I think the controls are good. We’re all vaccinated and we’re happy to be on vacation! ”Will she watch the race? “We actually wanted to go to the finish slope, but now we’re going to stay in front of the television.” The police’s balance sheet has been positive so far. “The controls are well received, people even say thank you because they can feel safer that way,” says Operations Manager Christopher Lane. There were no incidents.