Marie-Michele Gagnon claimed her first career World Cup win during the Super Combined in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee. It is the first ever podium in super combined and the first victory for Canada in a combined race for 30 years.
The racer from Rossignol Team has shown very good performances since the beginning of the season but she was not on the podium. Sitting 16th after the super-G, she has done a nice run in Slalom and ended first ahead of Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser and Germany’s Maria Höfl-Riesch.
“This is quite an ecstatic feeling. I’m still shaking. The first podium was really cool but a win is a win – no one else beat you. It’s incredible. It’s really special I was very surprised to win because in the super-G I did okay but I wasn’t actually that pleased. There was one place where I turned too much and got air so in the second run I knew I had to stick to my plan and do a good slalom run without any mistakes.”
The 24-year-old from Lac-Etchemin counts now two podiums in World Cup after her third place in Are two years ago. She sits first in super combined, third in slalom, ninth in super-G and 16th in giant slalom.
Please also note that Larisa Yurkiw punched her ticket to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games with a career-best sixth-place finish in Saturday’s downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee.
Maria Pietilae-Holmner has signed her 6th World Cup career podium on Sunday. She finished second of the Slalom in Bormio behind Mikaela Shiffrin and ahead of Nastasia Noens. The racer from Rossignol Team comes back on a podium in Slalom after her third place in Giant Slalom in Val d’Isère. Bronze medallist in Slalom at 2011 World Championships, it’s her 4th career podium in this discipline after her victory in Aspen in 2011 and her two second places in Levi and Aspen in 2008 and 2010.
“This second place is like a victory for me. I felt like I could ski fast, I was good in training and I was fast in the last race in Lienz but I never made it down so I am super happy to have delivered today. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed being on the podium.”(Fis Alpine)
Marie-Michele Gagnon from Canada takes the 5th place and she moves up to 3rd in slalom World Cup rankings. “I’m happy with the result. It was one of those races where you have to be flexible and do whatever you can. It was half rain, half snow. I had a pretty tough time just to make it to the bottom in the second run because I was really wild but I was charging. It was pretty tough.”
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.”
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