After Christof Innerhofer in downhill on Friday, it’s his young teammate Matteo Marsaglia who controls the “Bird of Prey” this Saturday. For the first time of his career, the Italian wins the Super G of Beaver Creek ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal (+0.27) and Hannes Reichelt (+0.70). It’s a very impressive performance because Marsaglia realizes a strong run without mistakes. Fourth during the final Super G in Schladming, the Roman signs today his first victory and his first podium in World Cup.
“What a day! I have been close to the podium last year so I knew I could do it, especially in Super G and I have always loved this slope. I pushed more than 100% and I still can’t believe it. Four years ago when I did my first training run on the Birds of Prey, I knew I would like this slope – I came down with a huge smile on my face, I was so excited. Whenever I got asked what was my favorite slope I used to say it’s the Birds of Prey, and that was before I won here so now it is going to have a special place in my heart. “
“Now I want to go race by race, at the finals last year in Schladming I was leading until the last intermediate but I made a mistake and finished fourth. With this victory today my goal will be to finish the season among the top seven guys and do well at the World Championships in Garmisch.”
For the rest of the Team Rossignol, the report is interesting: Jan Hudec ends 10th, Didier Défago 16th and Christof Innerhofer, despite a big mistake who costs him the podium, finishes 17th. Note the nice performance of the young Thomas Biesemeyer who signs the best place of his career with a 18th rank.
Matteo Marsaglia Profile Athlete
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