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12/Mar/2012

First podium for Marie-Michele Gagnon

Riders in this news :  Marie-Michele GAGNON

 

A week after Erin Mielzynski's unexpected triumph at Ofterschwang, in Germany,  Quebec’s Marie-Michèle Gagnon reached her main goal this season reaching her first ever World Cup podium in slalom in Are, Sweden where she finished in 3rd place after a thrilling event. ‘Mitch’ Gagnon, was in 5th in Ofterschwang yet she seemed ready to make her move onto the podium in Scandinavia where she fought hard in both runs.
 
It’s her sixth top-10 finish this season in three disciplines – slalom, giant slalom and Super-combined, which moved-up her in 19th place in the Overall World Cup rankings – and in 10th in the slalom standings. After clocking the 4th best time in the first leg despite a mistake, the Canadian took her chance on the rutty second run attacking hard from top to bottom. This allowed her to beat by 14/100 of a second the leading time of Sweden’s Therese Borssen. Only Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch and first-run-leader Veronika Zuzulova were able to ski faster and moved ahead of her.
 
Finally, I have been waiting for this for a long time,” said the 22-year-old afterwards. “It has been a goal for the whole season and I’m so happy it’s finally here. Erin’s win last week was a strong inspiration and motivation for me. She really showed us you can do it from anywhere and there’s no pattern you have to get through to win and you can do it any day. I hope now we can soon be on the same podium together.
 
Interestingly enough, Marie-Michèle was more than confident prior the last women race prior the upcoming Finals at Schladming, in Austria. “I had that feeling, ‘It’s going to be Are, my first podium is going to be in Are,’ I always like the snow here, I always like the place,” she also explained afterwards. I was pretty confident in my slalom having finished so close to the podium last week. It feels like I’m getting closer and closer to winning,” she added.
 
Mielzynski straddled a gate in the first run but she was still pleased with her way of skiing in the upper part of the run. “I'm feeling even better than I did after the win,” said the 21-year-old, who along with Gagnon has already qualified for World Cup finals in slalom in Schladming as she sits in 15th place after the competition at Are.
 
I didn't come through the first run today but I know parts of it were fast and it wasn't just a fluky thing the other day, so that feels really good. We are all so happy for Mitch. She deserves a podium and she's worked so hard for this. It was great to see her rejoice in the finish when she knew right away that she would be on the podium.
 
The World Cup Finals are held from March 14th  - 18th  in Schladming, the site of the 2013 FIS World Championships. Eight races in the four alpine specialties and a Team event are scheduled there from Wednesday to Sunday.
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10/Mar/2012

Junior, World Championships, Slalom: Silver and bronze to finish!

 

During the last race of the event, the men’s slalom, Rossignol places another two athletes on the podium. Henrik Kristoffersen, already world champion of giant, ends on the second place. Reto Schmidiger (on the picture) double world champion of slalom in 2010 and 2011 takes the third place. Stefan Luitz in the lead of the first run did not finish the second leg.

In the ranking of combined, the team Rossignol gains another four medals! For the women, because of the cancellation of the deownhill, the organizers decided to add the three races: Giant, Slalom and Super G. Ragnhild Mowinckel wins the gold medal. For the boys, new hat trick for the brand with Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Henrik Kristoffersen and Zan Kranjec.

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09/Mar/2012

Are, Giant Slalom: Brignone 2nd!

Riders in this news :  Federica BRIGNONE

 

Federica Brignone finishes second of the giant slalom in Are. It’s the third podium of the Italian skier after Lienz (2nd) and Kranjska Gora (2nd). Tessa Worley ends 4th after a disappointing week-end in Ofterschwang last week.

This morning I just tried to feel something good, because the last few races I wasn’t good, I did three shitty races, I fell three times this year. After three races I was coming to the finish, every time I was bad. I didn’t understand what I did. Today I felt good. I crossed the finish. The feeling was good. To be back on the podium is really cool”, said Brignone after the race. (source: fisalpine.com)

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07/Mar/2012

Junior World Championships : A hat trick for Rossignol

 

Team Rossignol realizes a huge performance in giant slalom with 3 athletes on the podium!

Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR), gold: “Being Norwegian, I'm used to these kind of conditions. I have trained a lot in strong wind, shitty snow and low visibility, but I don't care about that when I race, all I think about is racing. Before the start today, I was looking forward to ski, and didn't feel nervous at all. Obviously the great Norwegian performance down here has given me even more motivation to ski well, and I wanted to be as good as the others have been. I didn't really have any expectations about a podium in gs, but I surely never start a race without thinking that I want to win this".

Thomas Dressen (GER), silver: “It was a great run for me, where I didn't do any major mistakes. Fortunately I had an early start, as the course got worse, but I'm super excited about a silver medal. Before the best racers came down, I had no expectations to be on the podium, but this is part of the game, and I almost can't believe it".

Zan Kranjec (SLO), bronze:  “Being on the podium in the my first Junior World Ski Championships feels great. On Monday I was on the podium with my team, but winning an individual medal means a lot to me. The second run was hard, but I just went for it, and it worked".

(source : fisalpine.com)

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06/Mar/2012

Junior World Championships : Mowinckel assures also in Super G

 

The third individual race of the Junior World Championships was a Super G for the ladies. And Ragnhild Mowinckel (Rossignol) is still up to the podium. After his title of World Champion in Giant Slalom, the Norwegian ends third. Annie Winquist (Dynastar) wins the race follow by Joana Haehlen.

Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR), bronze: “I'm super stoked right now. The conditions were great, and I loved the course. I would never had dreamt about such a triumph in the Junior World Championships, but we are a really strong team right now. Winning bronze in super g is simply great, now we need to go all in in downhill as well". (source: fisalpine.com)

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