1&3 podium in Val Gardena's Downhill!

21/Dec/2009

1&3 podium in Val Gardena's Downhill!

Riders in this news :  Manuel OSBORNE-PARADIS

Third win for Manuel Osborne-Paradis and first podium for Johan Clarey!

An incredible week-end on the Saslong piste!
Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who unexpectedly won the Lake Louise Super-G last month, clinched on Saturday his 3rd win on the World Cup. Johan Clarey made as for him an impressive comeback achieving his career first podium after having been injured last season!
Nine months after his maiden first win at Kvitfjell, in Norway, last March, Canadian Manny Osborne-Paradis, 25 year-old, celebrated his second win of the season in Val Gardena’s ‘Classical’ Saslong downhill. He now has eight career World Cup podium results in total including on legendary courses as the Lauberhorn at Wengen. Manuel was more than elate after the race as he answered hundredths of question from the media in the press area.
“I really wanted to win that race, I felt I had a chance coming here as I already reached the podium here a year ago. It’s a good course for me and I was very concentrated prior the race.” "Before Christmas normally I don't ski that well but I have been getting better and I am figuring out these courses more and more, just becoming so much more confident on every course."
Manuel Osborne-Paradis downplayed the notion that his performance is motivated by the upcoming 2010 Olympic Winter Games in his hometown of Vancouver / Whistler Mountain. "I am not peaking right now or skiing fast because I want to win at the Olympics. I am skiing fast because I wanted to win today," he explained. “I enjoy being here in Europe for the moment, it’s more difficult for us right now in Canada where everybody is crazy about the Games. I’ll stay here for the Christmas break and take a few days off before my next race at Bormio.”
The North American was also very excited about excelling on such a historical slope that the World Cup has been using for over forty years. “It’s definitely a special feeling to clinch a Classic. It’s important for my confidence as we are going to race on other tough courses as Bormio, Kitzbühel and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I’m increasing my experience after each extra run on them.”

It is a also a amazing performance that French Johan Clarey achieved on Saturday’s Downhill.
After having been out of the white circus last season due to a knees injury in January 2008, the skier from Tignes signed his career best result finishing in 3rd place (ex-aequo with Ambrosi Hoffman). This is the first podium for the 28 year-old racer who was so happy with this performance.
“I made a great race today. It’s difficult for me to believe in it. This is a great result for the French group which was waiting for that since a long time. I always had a good feeling with this piste but it’s a big surprise for me to be on the podium! I know that I am not at 100% because I still have pains in my knees so it’s extraordinary to finish in the top 3 today. I fought hard to be back at this level. I took a lot of risks today and it paid off. This is a real reward for me!”

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