After more than 15 years spent with Rossignol, Sarah Schleper has decided to announce the end of her career before competing in her last world cup slalom in Lienz this Thursday. She is a pure product of the brand, she arises from the young program and she has never left Rossignol during all these years. She took part in 186 World Cup races and achieved 3 podiums finishes and one victory in slalom in Lenzerheide (2005). We wish her all the best for the future !
Riders in this news : Didier DEFAGO
Didier Defago wins the downhill of Bormio on the hard "Stelvio" and sign his return among the best. After a white season (break of the crossed ligaments), Swiss left no luck to his opponents today. It is the third victory of its career in downhill after Wengen and Kitzbühel. Congratulations!
“I didn't ski so well yesterday in the last practice run but I felt very comfortable today from top to bottom. I perfectly negotiated the main difficulties of the course and I even congratulated my injured left knee after crossing the finish line,” the skier from Morgins told the press afterwards.
“I was very happy to wear a low bib number today, I was hoping it would help me to achieve a strong run, but I didn’t expect to win that race, even when I saw that I was a little but faster than Patrick Kueng. I was aiming for a top-5 here. My main goal this season was a downhill podium,” also explained Defago who has reached a total of 16 podiums in all alpines disciplines except slalom in the last ten years.
“Apparently things went much faster for me than I thought in recent months. I guess the fact that I’m enjoying so much to be back on my racing skis after my injury strongly helped me to do so well here after reaching some promising results in recent races, including at Alta Badia where I did much better than expected in giant slalom.”
“I feel very serene now and I’m looking forward for the next exciting Swiss races at Adelboden and Wengen. I have already reached way more than expected at the season start, so I can be very relaxed now.”
The Rossignol’s athletes knocked hardly on Wednesday in Lienz (Austria). Federica Brignone takes the second place just in front of the Frenchwoman Tessa Worley like in World Championships last year!
At 21 years old, the Italian showed all the extent of her talent on the Austrian slope. Silver medal of the speciality in Garmisch, Brignone, 4th of the first run skied in a fair manner during the second to hang on a very beautiful second place. It is the third podium of its career in the World Cup.
It is also a nice performance for Tessa Worley. The skier of the Grand-Bornand signs to Lienz the first podium of her season after her fourth place in Sölden. Only ninth of the first run, Tessa made the difference in the second leg thanks to her committed and rhythmical ski.
Riders in this news : Lara GUT
Before the World Cup's stage in Lienz, Lara Gut evaluates her situation after the first competitions of the season : “I change my skis and it’s very good. I made three Top 10 in United States, it was a good thing.” In slalom like in Flachau, “I miss the arrival to go up to the podium ! I didn’t finish two runs since Are in 2007, so I must continue the training”
In giant slalom, “I’m regular and in the speed disciplines I know that I can always make something good”. Lara Gut is confident for the future “For the new year, I hope I will be fast and I could be on the podium”. Good luck to her !
We met Maxime Tissot after Alta Badia’s slalom, he was “a little bit disappointed”. “I was in a good form but I made some mistakes in the first run and it was difficult to play ahead in the second. I try one’s luck but it wasn’t enough. 20th, it’s not bad for confident but the goal is more important. I wil work for wenesday”.
Now, the French skier is ready for Flachau this afternoon : “In Austria, there is a good athmosphere, the competition will be fantastic”.
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