Double 3Tre winner in 2018 and January 2020, the Swiss has a chance to win the night slalom for the third time in a row, breaking a curse that not even Stenmark and Tomba could defeat
While there is no doubt that number 3 is quite integral in Madonna di Campiglio 3Tre’s history and naming, none of its remarkable champions has ever managed to win the iconic slalom it three times in a row. At least until Tuesday night, December 22nd, when the 67th edition of the Italian slalom takes place under the spotlights (first run at 17.45, second run at 20.45).
Three seems to be a cursed number under the shadows of Brenta Dolomites: even legends like Ingemar Stenmark or Alberto Tomba, or Henrik Kristoffersen in recent times, could reverse the rule.
In the wake of two straight triumphs on the Canalone Miramonti slope in 2018 and on last January 8th, 2020, the Swiss skier Daniel Yule will go for the hat-trick to write another page of 3Tre history, hoping to tie Alberto Tomba at the second place on the multiple winners’ list, behind Stenmark (5 wins in Madonna).
After his double success in 1987-1998, Alberto Tomba was unable to achieve a third victory in 1989 due to a heavy rainfall which forced the organizing committee to cancel the race, while Norwegian Ole Christian Furuseth won in 1990. The legendary Ingemar Stenmark also claimed the Madonna di Campiglio slalom in 1979 and 1980. Still, in 1981 he had to bow to the American Phil Mahre who snatched the historic hat-trick from the Swede.
In recent years, the same fate has happened to Henrik Kristoffersen. Winner in 2015 and 2016, the Norwegian finished third in 2017, behind Marcel Hirscher and Luca Aerni, just by five-hundredths of second after a glaring error in the third gate of the second run.
Second last year, the Norwegian skier will be among the men to watch for next Tuesday's 67th edition, along with Yule himself and the other big names of World slalom. Just like Yule, the 26-year-old Scandinavian will also get the chance to join Alberto Tomba in second place among the multiple winners of the Trentino’s classic, but a hard and close competition is expected.
Namely, French Clement Noel (third placed in last January’s edition) and Alexis Pinturault will be in the spotlights. The Italian team is pinned on the rising star Alex Vinatzer and the experienced Stefano Gross, while Giuliano Razzoli will be not at the start line due to today's positive Covid-19 test.
Also Italy has a taboo to break: 3Tre has been waiting an Italian victory for 15 years. In 2005, the Canalone Miramonti elevated Giorgio Rocca among the stars of the world slalom. Maybe the uniqueness of this year's 3Tre has a new surprise in store.