Eckhoff peaking in Beijing was pretty much written in the stars when she underperformed at the start of the season.Even though she blew it today, Eckoff is definitely trending in the right direction. The Norwegian team looks like it will be super strong at Beijing.
Hauser didn't really get that much out of being the only one in the top 5 to go to Antholz, but the chance of winning the title in the individual obviously made it the right choice.
She's only 26 and there are still four years for her to get resurrected before the Antholz Olympics.And Doro winning just to rub salt further into her wounds about the way their careers have differed since that 2018-19 season as they bookend the results.
It's so strange as Lisa used to be so metronomic, didn't really have many weapons to instil fear and drive her to victory, but she was just so consistently up in the flowers or the bottom end of the top 10, yet the only thing she's consistent in right now is miserable first shoots. I always wanted her to take the globe in 2019 as I have always liked her more than Wierer among the Italian team, but it really feels like that's going to have been a once-in-a-lifetime chance for her that she missed out on.
It's a shame though that none of the other Italians have progressed much either meaning she's still a very safe no. 2 in the team.