The relief is great: Just one day after missing out on the first World Cup medal in the team event, unlucky Alexander Schmid of all people redeemed the German ski team. In the parallel race he was crowned world champion and defeated the Austrian Dominik Raschner in a one-sided final.

Alexander Schmid won gold in the parallel competition at the Alpine Ski World Championships. The 28-year-old prevailed in a one-sided final against the Austrian Dominik Raschner and secured the first medal for the German Ski Association (DSV) in the title fights in France. It was the first German World Cup victory in ten years. In 2013, Maria Höfl-Riesch triumphed in the combination. Hansjörg Tauscher had won the last individual gold medal for men at a World Championships in 1989 in Vail in the downhill.

“I just enjoyed it. I drove in with ease. I did my thing and I’m incredibly happy that it worked out,” said a happy Schmid on ARD. He knocked out Filippo della Vite of Italy, Zan Kranjec of Slovenia and Norway’s Timon Haugan on his way to the title.

In all eight duels (each opponent is driven twice), he was the first to cross the line. An outstanding achievement. The success should also give Schmid tailwind for the giant slalom on Friday. The men’s bronze went to Norway’s Timon Haugan.

At the team event on Tuesday, a slip by Schmid had destroyed hopes of a German medal. The parallel races celebrated their world championship premiere two years ago in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. At that time, Schmid finished fourth. Overall, he likes the format very much. The 28-year-old was one of the German teams that won bronze at the 2021 World Cup in Cortina and Olympic silver at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

The Norwegian Marie Therese Tviberg became world champion by beating the Swiss Wendy Holdener in the final. Third place went to Thea Louise Stjernesund, also from Norway. For Lena Dürr it was over in the quarterfinals against Tviberg, Linus Straßer failed in the first round. Dürr can now concentrate primarily on the slalom on Saturday, in which the 31-year-old is one of the medal candidates. Slalom specialist Straßer had to admit defeat to Italian Luca de Aliprandini in the round of 16. Andrea Filser, Fabian Gratz and Sebastian Holzmann could not qualify for the finals.