What a beautiful Sunday in Val d’Isère with the ladies Giant Slalom. Tina Weirather made an impressive race and took the first place ahead of two Rossignol girls Lara Gut and Maria Pietilae-Holmner. Federica Brignone was just off the podium in 4th position while Jessica Lindell Vikarby ended 5th but kept the lead of the GS World Cup.
Lara Gut didn’t finish the two last GS in Beaver Creek and in Saint Moritz but the Swiss racer knew that she was skiing fast: “It’s fun to be back on the podium. I take risks, I knew that my ski was good and fast. On this slope, it was hard to win one second during the second run, only if Tina Weirather has made a big mistake.” It’s her 4th podium in this speciality after her victory in Sölden this season.
Maria Pietilae-Holmner was so happy to sign her first World Cup GS podium. Silver medallist in this discipline at 2007 Are World Championships, she had good results since the beginning of the season. 7th in Sölden, 4th in Beaver Creek, 6th in Saint Moritz, she has taken the third place today in Val d’Isère. “I had two seasons with injuries to my knee and my shoulder and I work really hard to come back in GS. This podium is a perfect Christmas gift!”
Rossignol congratulates all its team and wishes to all racers community a Merry Christmas!
Riders in this news : Jan HUDEC
Jan Hudec has finished second of the Super G in Val Gardena behind Aksel Lund Svindal and ahead of Adrien Théaux. The Canadian racer claimed his first podium since March 2012 in Crans Montana. Today, the skier from Rossignol Team counts five World Cup podiums including two victories in Downhill. “I’m stoked I was able to ski the way I wanted to ski. I finally have no pain and that gives me great confidence to push hard and ski to my full potential. I was super focused today and I avoided any mistakes, which I made in Lake Louise and Beaver creek. Also my skis were perfect, I knew that without major mistakes I could be on the podium. This is just huge. It’s confirmation that I’ve been doing the right things and just going with it and being patient. I knew my time in the sport wasn’t up and I wouldn’t have carried on skiing if I didn’t believe I could do this.”
Riders in this news : Frida HANSDOTTER
Frida Hansdotter from Sweden has taken the second place of the slalom in Courchevel this Tuesday. It’s her 7th podium in World Cup and also her 7th second position! She is still waiting for her first victory World Cup. After a though beginning of season, the racer from Rossignol Team was happy to come back on the podium:
“I struggled with one of my poles right at the start of the second run and definitely lost some time there, but I'm for sure very happy with a podium today. The course was challenging. When it's tough, I like it and this actually when I get good results.”
Riders in this news : Tessa WORLEY
During the World Cup slalom in Courchevel, Tessa Worley injured her right knee. Inspection of doctor has shown that she has an ACL rupture in her right knee and a little lesion of the external meniscus.She will have a surgery on January 2nd at Lyon. The season is unfortunately over for the Giant Slalom World Champion.
Rossignol Team wishes her a very good recovery and the insurance to return in great shape the next season.
Listen Tessa's reaction
Tessa Worley has signed her 8th career victory with her win in St. Moritz’s Giant Slalom. The racer from Rossignol Team always felt relaxed on the Swiss slope because of her victory in 2010 and her third place in 2012. She was very happy to come back on the front of the stage after a complicated beginning of season. “I ‘m really satisfied today because it was not simple these last weeks. It is a beautiful day. The slope was magnificent, the snow was good, even if there was some tricky passages to manage. I try to stay very concentrated. I know this position, to be in the lead after the first run and I really wanted to win this race. My confidence stepped up a notch and I am great motivated at the idea of arriving in France for the next races. "
After a tight second run, Jessica Lindell Vikarby has confirmed her good shape, taking the second place. The Swedish racer had taken the first place of Beaver Creek’s Giant Slalom two weeks ago. After this race, she leads the World Cup GS ranking. The other results from Rossignol Team are good with Anémone Marmottan, 5th and Maria Pietilae-Holmner 6th.
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