Riders in this news : Stefan LUITZ
On the Face de Bellevarde slope, Marcel Hirscher was the strongest ahead of Thomas Fanara and the racer from Rossignol Team, Stefan Luitz. Last year, he had signed in the Val d’Isère the first podium of his young career, a second place. Born in 1992, Stefan Luitz is a very talented skier. After a knee injury in February, he found his best level with this second career podium.
“I injured my ACL in February and I am grateful for all those who helped me get back on skis. It is almost incredible that 10 months later I could be on the podium again. Last year I just ski my best starting from the back and earned a podium, but this year I was second after the second run so it was a new situation for me. Waiting on the start, being one of the last guys is a new experience for me and I had to adapt to it. But this type of adaptation is sure a good one and I am glad my nerves didn’t get the better of me.”
Riders in this news : Brice ROGER ; Christof INNERHOFER ; Didier DEFAGO ; Federica BRIGNONE ; Frida HANSDOTTER ; Henrik KRISTOFFERSEN ; Jan HUDEC ; Marion ROLLAND ; Matteo MARSAGLIA ; Ragnhild MOWINCKEL ; Tessa WORLEY
For the Critérium de la Première Neige, Rossignol revealed its new racing communication campaign for the next four years with a fresco titled BAND OF HEROES. A symbolic image of the brand spirit in which we found the basis of a global strategy around the new range of Hero products that will be presented end of January in Kitzbühel.
For Rossignol, Racing has been a way of life since 1907. Celebrating its historical and passionate involvement in this universe and its unconditional support to every generation of athletes; Rossignol reunited 23 champions, from every country and from every generation for a unique picture, a very first in the ski industry. It’s a tribute to the big ski race family that had to take place in a legendary environment. Between Val d’Isère, Wengen and Kitzbühel, Rossignol chose the bottom of the slope of Bellevarde where this impressive fresco took place, directed by Snow Stories and produced by the photograph François Rousseau.
“Through this original campaign and story, we want to express human values and talk about transmission, passion, and sharing. This band of heroes, this family, is naturally open to everybody, yesterday’s or today’s champions or young racers, who have this flame inside themselves, this passion for Racing”, explains Yann Laphin, Director of Communication Rossignol.
It is for all these heroes, these amazing racers that we design the best products, skis, shoes and technical equipment in order to help them to fulfill their craziest dreams and to share with them the incomparable sensation of an excited crowded finish line. Join the BAND.
Riders in this news : Lara GUT
Lara Gut has signed her fourth victory this season, her second in Super G. One more time, like in Beaver Creek last week, she has done a strong run here in Lake Louise. After two disappointing downhill (10th and 13th), the racer from Rossignol Team has won the second Super G of the season ahead of Tina Weirather and Anna Fenninger. She comes back in Europe, leading the overall World Cup standings and the Super G World Cup.
Relive the Super G
For the ladies, the talented Larisa Yurkiw has taken the 7th of the Lake Louise’s downhill, her best career result. Before that, her best place in World Cup was a 9th in Tarvisio (2009). Last week, in Beaver Creek, the racer from Rossignol Team has already shown that she was in a good shape with a 15th rank in Super G. “Today feels like a dream. I had the number seven in my head all day for some reason. It’s the most incredible feeling to ski as well as I can in front of my family and my country, and for myself. I had a few points that I really wanted to cover today, but I know the intensity really gets brought up on race day. I tried to meet it somewhere in the middle by being extra relaxed today. I feel really happy that I accomplished exactly what I set out to do.”
For the men, Manuel Osborne-Paradis was so close to the podium! He finished just four-hundredths of a second behind the third -place finisher Peter Fill from Italy. “Another fourth! It’s just a matter of time before I get a podium. I’m skiing better and I’m skiing faster and more confidently. It’s really just about putting it all together. My run was pretty clean. I made a mistake on the pitch and came out a little low and that probably cost me the race, but that’s racing.”
His Rossi’s teammate Jan Hudec ended seventh but was very happy to be again on the Top 10: “I’m stoked to have another top 10. Manny and I both owe a big thank you to our serviceman, who absolutely nailed the wax and did a great job on the skis. I knew Manny had killed it when I went up for my run and that gave me a huge boost of confidence. I knew I had to man up and ski as aggressively as I could. I skied really well. I made a couple of mistakes in the middle section but besides that it was good.”
What a Sunday for Rossignol Team! After the two victories of Lara Gut in Downhill and Super G, Jessica Lindell Vikarby has signed her first career World Cup victory in giant slalom on the Birds of Prey. Sweden’s racer was just 0.09 seconds faster that Mikaela Shiffrin and 0.56 seconds faster that Tina Weirather. After two controlled runs, she claims the 4th podium of her career.
“It's been a long since I last stood on a podium and I am really pleased to be there again. I've been working hard the last three years on my GS technique and I am obviously very happy it's paying off. Being in the lead after the first run was something new to me. I was for sure nervous, but tried to relax, breathe and stay calm. I'm glad it worked out in the end. Conditions today were perfect, I couldn't even tell that 29 racers ran before me. Simply a great day” (FisAlpine)
Jessica’s teammate Maria Pietilae-Holmner ended third of the first run but finally took the 4th position, her best result in the discipline. Anémone Marmottan is 6th, Federica Brignone 7th, Marie-Pier Prefontaine 9th like Tessa Worley our GS World Champion.
Ragnhild Mowinckel has closed her amazing week-end with an 8th place in GS after having marked her first WC points in downhill. “I'm totally speechless! I can't believe that just happened!! I'm floating on pink clouds”, she said on twitter.
Lara Gut, winner of the Downhill and the Super G, unfortunately did not finish the first run: “I touched the snow with my inside boot in the middle steep section, lost contact and started sliding on my side”. But she leads always the overall standings with 300 points.
Congratulations to all the Rossignol’s ladies for this exciting weekend! Next stages will take in Lake Louise (Canada) with two downhill races and one Super G.
Relive the best moments of the Ladies GS race: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cvwPEKy_j_Q
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