Team Austria wins the Team Event at home this Tuesday night! Swedish Team composed in particular with three racers of Team Rossignol Frida Hansdotter, Maria Pietilae-Holmner and Nathalie Eklund take the second place. Germany beats Canada during the final for the 3rd place.
Riders in this news : Marion ROLLAND
Marion Rolland becomes World Champion of downhill this Sunday in Schladming. The French racer has realized the perfect run on a slope she loves a lot! Last year, the skier of Team Rossignol has signed here in Austria her two first career podiums with a 2nd place in Downhill and a 3rd place in Super G. “I was happy to come back here but I knew that the conditions will be different. The trainings were not good for me, I hadn’t good feelings but I told me that I should believe in me more.’
With his bib 22, Marion Rolland was motivated by the good results of the French Team with Gauthier De Tessières silver medal and David Poisson bronze medal. “My dad sends me a sms this morning to say that the gold misses to French Team and that it will be good that I grab it! After the Super G, I question myself and I said to me that it was today or never for this downhill!”
Nadia Fanchini take sthe second place ahead of Marie Höfl-Riesch. 47 years after Marielle Goitschel, Marion Rolland wins a gold medal in downhill for French Team. She offers to Team Rossignol the first gold medal of these World Championships. Huge congratulations Marion!
Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) wins the gold medal of the Downhill in Schladming ahead of Dominik Paris (ITA) and David Poisson (FRA).
Team Rossignol puts five racers on the Top 15 like in Super G. Silvan Zurbriggen, 6th, realizes a nice performance. The Swiss racer signed his best season result and was relieved after the race: “I’m happy. I was so unhappy after the Super G but I have taken confidence. I know that I can ski fast. It’s my best race this season”. His teammate Didier Défago was also satisfied of his race and his 8th place after a complicated season. “For the end of the season, this race is promising for me even if I would more. We are in the World Championships and we always expect a medal! I give all during the Downhill, it worked a little bit so I will continue like this.”
For his first participation to a World Championship, the young Brice Roger had bib number 1. It was a pressure for the skier of la Plagne who finally grabs the 15th: “I’m relieved now, I was so nervous this morning. I didn’t win training in downhill and add to the bib 1, I was afraid to do bad things. The good thing is that I stayed calm and that I take a 15th place, it’s very encouraging”.
Jan Hudec finishes 9th while Christof Innerhofer, bronze medallist in 2011 Downhill, ends finally 14th.
Video athlete profile: Silvan Zurbriggen
What a beautiful Super G today in Schladming despite a complicated visibility and a challenging slope. Ted Ligety (USA) becomes World Champion ahead of the French skier Gauthier De Tessières and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal.
For Team Rossignol, Christof Innerhofer, titleholder of the discipline, ends finally 7th. The Italian had a little bit pressure this morning: “I try to be relax but it was not easy but the last days everybody speaks about me: “Innerhofer you should show the same like in Garmisch”. So I try to give the best and think at nothing! It was not my perfect day because it was not the conditions I prefer. I like when it’s icy! I do some mistakes so maybe I could take the 4th or 5th place but it was impossible to win.”
Matteo Marsaglia takes the 11th place, he didn’t “have a good feeling and he was a little bit tired”. Jan Hudec is 12th: “At world championships, it’s pointless to show up unless you want to win. Top three places count here – everything else is forgotten pretty quickly. I’m a little bit frustrated because I’m not 100 per cent sure where the time went. I had a good run but it wasn’t good enough”, said the Canadian.
Thomas Biesemeyer (USA) realized a nice performance for his first World Championships. He finishes 13th of the Super G: “It’s a really great experience. I start with bib number 6, I never had a bib in the Top 30! I wanted to ski with no regrets but it was more complicated today because I was nervous. I’m happy to be on the Top 15 even if at the World Championships you expect a podium” His teammate Ryan Cochran-Siegle, double Junior World Champion in Downhill and Super G, ends 15th.
Riders in this news : Lara GUT
Lara Gut offers the first medal to the Team Rossignol. She takes the second place of the Super G in Schladming World Championships. The Swissgrabs here her third medal in a World Championship after her two silver medals in Val d’Isère in 2009 (downhill and super combined). Winner of a downhill this season, the Swiss girl was very happy of her podium despite a very long day of waiting due to bad weather conditions. Tina Maze becomes World Champion and Julia Mancuso is third. Congratulations also to another member of Team Rossignol, Ilka Stuhec. The Slovenian ends 6th and signs the best result of her young career!
Video: Lara Gut celebrates her medal with Rossignol!
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