Riders in this news : ; Marie-Michele GAGNON
During the finals of Schladming, Marie-Michèle Gagnon ended 6th of the last slalom of the season. With her 3rd place in Are, she finishes 10th of the ranking of the speciality. In this video, she pays tribute to Nick Zoricic her teammate who passed away last week during the finals of Ski Cross.
“This result is very good to end the season. My last slaloms were very strong too. This year is above my expectations, I’m very happy. My third place in Are gives me confidence and also the victory of Erin in Ofterschwang. It gives me good ideas for the next year. I think it will be very great. We decided with all the team to pay tribute to Nick Zoricic and Sarak Burke our teammates. They passed away this year, it’s very sad and we wanted to show that we thought about them.”
Jean-Baptiste Grange takes also the 6th place in the giant slalom. This season, he made three Top 10 with a 4th place in Crans-Montana and an 8th place in Bansko. After a difficult season due to his back’s problems, the skier of Valloire hopes that the next winter will be better.
“This 6th place is good for me even if I was not very well in the first leg. In the 2nd run, I take advantage to leave in the first bibs. I made four good slaloms these last weeks and I am very close of the top 15. It’s a really good thing for next year. There is still a slalom tomorrow to end correctly the season and after I will have a rest. I must continue to work on my back in order to have fewer pains. It’s the first year I can’t train like I want, it’s complicated but I hang on! I fought for a 20th place in slalom thet me exchange, it’s sure!”
After his second place during the downhill on Wednesday, Marion Rolland ends third of the Super G during the finals of Schladming. These good results in Austria expect beautiful things for the next year, on the slope where will take place the next World championships.
"It is really incredible! In descent I had big envy for podium but I didn’t think it was possible in Super G. It is really brilliant, I took advantage to have a small number, good conditions and I had a little of luck also that Lindsey Vonn makes a big mistake! I hope in any case that my first podium yesterday was the click"
Leanne Smith (Rossignol) ends fifth and signs the best result of her career.
Winnerhofer is back! The triple medal winner of the last World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Christof Innerhofer, won the last Super G of the season during the finals of Schladming. After a difficult winter and only a third place in Wengen, the Italian racer was very happy of his performance on the slope of the next World Championships in 2013.
Team Rossignol felt good on the Austrian slopes. Matteo Marsaglia ends fourth, the best result of his career in this discipline (4th in Sochi in Super Combined). He could win the race if he didn’t make a mistake four gates before the finish.
“It’s very good to finish the season like that but I’m a little disappointed because during the three first inter, I was ahead. I was before Innerhofer who won. I lost time four gates before the finish line. I think the gate was simpler to take but I put the skis across and it was useless. Otherwise I think I could win the race. Our results with Christof Innerhofer are interesting and besides we are in the same team, we have the same Rossi’s skis, the same technician. If the slope is the same next year, it will be good!”
Riders in this news : Marion ROLLAND
During the finals of Schladming and for the last downhill of the season, Marion Rolland (Rossignol) offers herself the first podium of her carrer. “It is crazy, it’s better that we can imagine, it’s fantastic! My season was good and I’m very happy to finish on the podium.”
It’s a second place behind the fabulous Lindsey Vonn, who won the ranking of the speciality, and ahead Tina Maze. “To be behind Lindsey, it’s like a victory because she is very stronger!”, said Marion after the race.
This season, she made good results near the podium: 5th in Sochi, 9th in Saint-Moritz. The skier of les Deux-Alpes marks her territory on the place where will take place the World championships next year: “My two best results of the season are in Sochi and in Schladming so I think it’s a good thing for the future! I want to make better next year!”
Please note for the boys, the excellent 4th place of Didier Defago. Injured last winter, he made a nice season including his victory in Bormio in December.
Riders in this news : Marie-Michele GAGNON
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