Manuel Osborne-Paradis finishes fourth of the Downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway. With the bib number one, he realized a strong run in windy conditions. Unfortunately for him, the racer of Team Rossignol ends just 0.01 seconds back of third place. But it’s a satisfaction for the Canadian who comes back from an injury and who has known here in Norway two podiums in 2009, one victory in downhill and a third place in Super G.
“I’m happy with my result. I’ve been fourth before but never one one-hundredth out. It sucks but that’s racing – the clock never lies. Being fourth is just one of those things. It was close but really, I’m five-tenths away from first. I desperately wanted a top 10 and when I came through the finish I was pretty happy with the run. I didn’t necessarily think it was a winning run but you never know until the end. On days like today it’s anybody’s race. I’m top 15 in the standings again and back in with the big boys. This is still a baby step. We’ve had two terrible races in a row and now we have two guys doing well but we need to keep reality in check. We’ve got three more races this season and we need to push hard. There’s no real reason to celebrate our results today. We need to build on this.”
Adrien Théaux wins the race ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal, who leads the overall downhill World Cup standings, and Klaus Kroell. Osborne-Paradis’s teammate, Jan Hudec finishes 6th. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the ladies downhill, the victory is for Tina Maze ahead of Laurenne Ross and Maria Hoefl-Riesch. Member of Team Rossignol, Lara Gut ends 4th. It’s the third time here in Germany that she ranks at this place after her two 4th places in 2011 World Championships!
Video profile athlete: Manuel Osborne-Paradis
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