Riders in this news : Henrik KRISTOFFERSEN
At only 19 years old, Henrik Kristoffersen has signed his first World Cup career podium. He finishes third just behind the two Austrians Marcel Hirscher and Mario Matt. Fourth of the first run, the racer of the Team Rossignol has found the right way of skiing in the second and confirms all his talent.
“My goal for this season was to make it into the top 10, but today was like a dream. I had a good first run, knew I had a shot at going far but I tried to keep myself calm by thinking it was just another race. When I realized I made my first podium, I experienced probably the best feeling a skier could ever wish for,” said Kristoffersen during the press conference.
Junior Giant Slalom World Champion in 2012 and Combined in 2013, junior slalom and combined silver medallist in 2012, winner of two Europe Cups, the Norwegian are only on the World Cup tour since March 2012. He begins very well this new season and as his teammate Aksel Lund Svindal says on Twittre, this podium is not “the last” of the young Kristoffersen!
The next stage will take place in Lake Louise, Canada in 15 days for the first speed men races. Stay tuned!
It was the first giant slalom of the season and the first victory for Lara Gut. After she has won the first run, the racer of the Team Rossignol has kept the lead and finished ahead of Austrian’s Kathrin Zettel (+0.84) and Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg (+1.28). It’s her first victory in this discipline and Lara Gut was very satisfied: "It’s the first race of the season and there’s already a win, it’s amazing. I’m pretty happy to bring a giant slalom victory back to Switzerland. It’s a really nice feeling."
The results are good for all the Team Rossignol and most of the girls are happy to see that they could confirm their summer trainings. Maria Pietilae-Holmner ends 7th after two strong runs, Jessica Lindell Vikarby is 8th, Marie-Michele Gagnon 10th. The Canadian racer was happy to finish in the Top 10: “Overall I’m really happy to start the season like that – attacking. Especially in the first run, I made quite a few mistakes but I was still charging. I’m really happy with 10th. I was super excited to race today. I loved the crowd, the ambiance. I was just really happy to stop training and start racing.”
Please also note the very good performance of Adeline Baud, 20th on the finish. She just comes back from a knee injury!
The next stage for the ladies will be in Levi for slalom (16th November).
The 2013-2014 World Cup season begins this Saturday in Sölden (AUT). Girls from Team Rossignol have already accurate goals for the winter. Get up-to-date with Tessa Worley, Lara Gut or Frida Hansdotter.
Tessa Worley (FRA), Giant World Champion 2013: “I wish to improve my level in all the World Cup’s disciplines and find once again regularity in slalom. I want also to participate to the Olympic Games and come back with the most beautiful medal!”
Frida Hansdotter (SWE), slalom bronze medallist in Schladming 2013: “Last season was a great season with four podium finishes and bronze medal at the World Championships. This season, Olympics are the big goal. Then of course the World Cup would be very nice to get my first podium place in giant slalom and my first victory in slalom.”
Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR), Combined Junior World Champion 2013: “My goals for this coming season are: kicking ass at the World Cup, meaning quite a few top 10 positions, getting to Sochi and improve my starting positions in the World Cup starting list, especially in Giant Slalom and Super G! “
Lara Gut (SUI), 2013 silver medallist in Super G in Schladming: “Skiing fast, improving my level in Super G, Giant Slalom, Downhill and continue slalom for next years: it’s my goals. I would like to find the same performance during all the winter.”
Nathalie Eklund (SWE): “I am really looking forward to this season, I will start up in the top 15 for the first time, and for sure my goal is to still be there in the end of the season, and even better. And this is a Olympic season, and for sure I want to make it all the way to Sochi. Keep on going with the GS, work hard and hopefully do some top 30th races, at least, that’s my goal.”
Manuela Moelgg (ITA): “I hope I will have a good start in this new season and my big goals are good results in Sochi”.
Jessica Lindell Vikarby (SWE): “My goals for this season is to step up on the podium again in the World Cup, GS has been working best last year but I´m also trying to get back on top in Super G. Then, off course, the Olympics are the highlight of the season and if I have good result before Sochi I will have a chance for a medal!”
Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE): “I’m feeling great to be back and well prepared after two seasons with injuries. My first big goal is to improve my GS and of course I have high goals for the Olympics Games in Sochi!”
Sölden World Cup
Saturday, 26th October: Ladies Giant Slalom (9:30 / First run and 12:45 / Second run)
Sunday, 27th October: Men Giant Slalom (9:30 / First run and 12:45 / Second run)
Riders in this news : Marion ROLLAND
Hurt in a knee during a downhill training in Chile, Marion Rolland is coming back to France to make some medical examinations. The season is ended for the downhill World Champion. Inspection of doctor has shown that she has an ACL rupture in her right knee and a lateral ligament sprain. At the moment, we are waiting the meeting with the surgeon to know how long Marion Rolland will be out of the slopes.
Team Rossignol wish her a very good recovery and the insurance to return in great shape the next season.
Mike Janyk and Manuel Osborne-Paradis, the two Candians World Cup racers, organize each year a camp in Whistler for the kids. Check out the videos of these four amazing days!
In the mist and the Fog we had another exciting day on the hill. May I present day two of the Mike and Manny ski camp. Today we're giving you an insight into the coaching and technical aspect of what we're up to.
Providing an environment for the kids to learn and excel on their skis is what this camp is based on. Around that we strive to challenge them, keep them excited and open them up to new experiences. Here's a look at some of our off hill activities...
It is the final day of the 2013 Mike and Manny Cowboy's ski camp. The skies opened up for us on Whistler Mountain, the condition cooperated and we set a challenging day of GS training for our racers. This resulted in some awesome turns and a few good spills and a lot of smiles at the bottom of the course. Each year Manny and I come away feeling more rejuvenated and inspired to grow for the future. Not only with this camp but also extending our reach to underprivileged youth through the sport of skiing with the newly formed Mike and Manny foundation. www.mikeandmanny.org
I hope you enjoy our last video edit for 2013 and thank you everyone for your kind notes in response to our videos to date.
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