Sweden’s Jessica Lindell Vikarby has taken the second place of the Giant Slalom in Lienz (AUT), win by Anna Fenninger. She was on the lead after the first run for only 0.02 but the racer from Rossignol Team didn’t manage to be fastest than Austrian’s racer and ended for 0.01 ahead of the young Mikaela Shiffrin. She claimed her third podium this season and kept her red bib of GS World Cup leader with 332 points ahead of her Rossi’s teammate Maria Pietilae-Holmner (222 points).
“I am glad to be on the podium and to keep the giant slalom red bib. In Val d'Isère I finished 6th and was a bit frustrated with myself because of the mistakes I made. Today was different, I am very happy.” (Fis Alpine)
Rossignol leads the ladies overall and GS brand ranking!
Rossignol’s skis have shown all their efficiency since the beginning of the season especially in GS. Today, 3 others racers are in the Top 10 for the last Giant Slalom of the year. Federica Brignone, 4th in Val d’Isère, confirms her come-back with a 6th place. Maria Pietilae-Holmner is 7th after her first GS World Cup podium last week (2nd) while Anémone Marmottan takes the 8th place.
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.
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