Riders in this news : Didier DEFAGO
Before the downhill on Saturday, Didier Defago explains the particularity of the Saslong's slope.
“Hello everybody, we are in Val Gardena, a particularly slope. There are no big difficulties but it’s hard to be fast. On the top of the slope, there are two jumps and after a long glide part. After, you must dare in the two walls. It’s more technical before the “Camel Humps”. You must jump over three bumps in two times. Then, the slope moves a lot in the Ciaslat. Here you can make the difference and takes speed for the end.”
Riders in this news : Matteo MARSAGLIA
The Italian Matteo Marsaglia continues his progress in World Cup. In Val Gardena, in bad conditions, he finishes 23th (+1'44 from the leader).
“I’m happy today especially in this slope and with this snow. It was difficult and the goal was to be at the best place and today, it’s quite good. I don’t like these conditions, the flat, the soft snow… The beginning of the season was complicated for me but my results aren’t so bad. Tomorrow for downhill, it will be still hard but for the next race in Bormio it would be better”
It’s official. This winter, Rossignol Group will equip « Compagnie du Mont-Blanc », « Compagnie des Guides », « Club des Sports de Chamonix » and « Ecole Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme ».
« Chamonix is the place to be for hard to please skiers in the world, the place where the new tendency are built and the place where the new school become true », has said Bruno Cercley, the President of Rossignol Group.
The two brands will be sponsors of the Kandahar, the mystic stage of the World Cup in Chamonix. (4th-5th February).
Riders in this news : Marie MARCHAND-ARVIER
After a long and frustrating period of disappointing results and health problems, France’s Marie Marchand-Arvier managed to find back her way to the podium in a World Cup race, finishing 2nd in the second downhill race at Lake Louise, Canada, accomplishing her best performance in that event in her career.
Only USA’s Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn was faster that the 26-year-old racer from Les Contamines who has finished twice 3rd in downhill and once 2nd in Super-G in past World Cup seasons. Austria’s downhill World Champion Lisi Goergl came in 3rd.
It has been a while that Marchand-Arvier achieved such a top performance – last season she only finished once among the top-10, at Cortina d’Ampezzo, in Italy. After capturing a promising silver medal in Super-G at Val d’Isère in February 2009, Marie, also nicknamed ‘MMA’ by her friends and fans, was aiming for her first win in the speed events yet then she suffered a bad crash in downhill a few months later while training on ‘La Daille’ course in the French resort.
She needed some time to fully recover physically and mentally from that spill which had affected her confidence and her determination, but now she seems ready to fight back. In Lake Louise, she show much mental strength in battling for a good result in the second downhill after finishing far behind in the first one which has been strongly influenced by disturbing gusts of wind.
Staying on an aggressive line, Marie established a new best time after crossing the finish line. She remained for a long time in the leader’s booth until the arrival of Vonn. Marchand-Arvier was very pleased by her strong performance which paid her back for all the intense work done last summer and in past years to get back her best shape.
“I was very motivated this morning, I was keen to achieve a good start at Lake Louise after our excellent summer training and I really went for it from top to bottom,” she told the press afterwards. “I have been really disappointing by my result yesterday because of that bad wind, but I was able to immediately turn the page and focus on today’s race,” added Marie Marchand-Arvier who has been suffering from her back since the second training run.
“After the first downhill, I spent much time looking at the video of the other racers and I saw that Lindsey Vonn had taken a very aggressive line. It has been a strong inspiration for me so I tried to take more risks this time and I’m very glad it paid off. This downhill included a few gliding sections and some tough turns in the middle part, so you need to take chances in the technically difficult parts. It’s just great that I was able to fulfill my plan and get that great result. It’s a very encouraging way to start the downhill season – and I’m very happy too finding back my spot in the first seed. It’s a good feeling too.”
The determined French racer is now looking forward to confirm her form in the coming Super-G races and get ready for the next downhill race in Austria in January.
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