Riders in this news : Manuel OSBORNE-PARADIS
First World Cup win for Manuel Osborne-Paradis!
Canada’s Manuel Osborne-Paradis, wearing lucky bib 13 on Friday, celebrated his first World Cup win on Friday’s Downhill and made a 3rd place podium on Saturday’s race at Kvitfjell (Nor)!
It’s a great achievement for the skier from British Columbian who captured several podium finishes in recent years including his third place finish in Val Gardena, in Italy last December.
“It feels great,” said the 25-year-old about his first World Cup victory. “I was so close in Lake Louise in 2006 even though that was my first podium and I was not really even expecting it.”“This year I knew I could win. I have been skiing well since December and I felt ready for it. And that is the first step.” “This success is more of a relief. I have been skiing great for many years but I also have been unlucky in a few occasions. I’m skiing better than I ever have before from the start of the season until now.”
“It’s a nice slope here, it's got flats, steeps, really big hard turns, quick turns, big jumps. It really does have everything and it’s really fun when your skis are fast as mine this weekend.”
Manuel Osborne Paradis was also satisfied on the next day in the following downhill in which he finished in 3rd place.
“It’s nice to have been able to confirm my win so soon. I did try to repeat a similar run, but it was not as smooth. The conditions were quite different too, the course was rougher, but this is part of the game. The most important is to have finally achieved my potential yesterday. I’m looking forward for the Finals in Sweden now. For sure I feel quite confident for the coming season too.”
Note that 4 Rossignol racers entered the top 10 on Friday’s Downhill: 1. Manuel Osborne-Paradis, 5. Robbie Dixon (Can), 6. Werner Heel and 9. Adrien Théaux (Fra).
Stay tuned this week for the World Cup finales in Åre. The last competitions of the season will start on Wednesday with the Downhills, followed by the Super Gs on Thursday and the technical events on Friday and Saturday.
Lindsey Vonn, who clinches already the Cristal Globe in Downhill, has enough of advance to think about the Overall World Cup title and will fight for the Super G Globe.
In the men’s side, we will for sure wait for the Slalom race with Jean-Baptiste Grange. The Super G title is very open this year and we will follow closely Didier Defago. In the Giant Slalom, Ted Ligety is currently 3rd in the standings, 73 points behind Didier Cuche.
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