Manuel Osborne-Paradis finishes fourth of the Downhill in Kvitfjell, Norway. With the bib number one, he realized a strong run in windy conditions. Unfortunately for him, the racer of Team Rossignol ends just 0.01 seconds back of third place. But it’s a satisfaction for the Canadian who comes back from an injury and who has known here in Norway two podiums in 2009, one victory in downhill and a third place in Super G.
“I’m happy with my result. I’ve been fourth before but never one one-hundredth out. It sucks but that’s racing – the clock never lies. Being fourth is just one of those things. It was close but really, I’m five-tenths away from first. I desperately wanted a top 10 and when I came through the finish I was pretty happy with the run. I didn’t necessarily think it was a winning run but you never know until the end. On days like today it’s anybody’s race. I’m top 15 in the standings again and back in with the big boys. This is still a baby step. We’ve had two terrible races in a row and now we have two guys doing well but we need to keep reality in check. We’ve got three more races this season and we need to push hard. There’s no real reason to celebrate our results today. We need to build on this.”
Adrien Théaux wins the race ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal, who leads the overall downhill World Cup standings, and Klaus Kroell. Osborne-Paradis’s teammate, Jan Hudec finishes 6th. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the ladies downhill, the victory is for Tina Maze ahead of Laurenne Ross and Maria Hoefl-Riesch. Member of Team Rossignol, Lara Gut ends 4th. It’s the third time here in Germany that she ranks at this place after her two 4th places in 2011 World Championships!
Video profile athlete: Manuel Osborne-Paradis
Junior World Championships are now over in Quebec. Team Rossignol comes back with 9 medals and especially one title of Junior World Champion for Jennifer Piot in Downhill. The French race wins ahead of Austrian’s Stephanie Venier and her teammate of Team Dynastar, Romane Miradoli. 10th of the Super G, Jenni Piot was very happy of her victory: “Contact is filled! I don’t believe it. I was very disappointed after the Super G. I’m now very happy because it’s not easy to win a title like this!”
In the combined ranking (downhill + Giant Slalom + Slalom), Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) wins the gold medal like Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR) also silver medallist in Giant Slalom. Adeline Baud, third of the slalom at the beginning of the Junior World Championships, takes the bronze medal.
For the men, Slovak’s Zan Kranjec goes up the third step of the podium in Giant Slalom like the last year in Roccaraso. He has taken two bronze medals in Giant Slalom and in Combined. In Slalom, Ramon Zenhäusern becomes silver medallist behind Austrian’s Manuel Feller and ahead of Santeri Paloniemi from Finland. “It’s incredible. I’m happy of my race because the conditions were difficults. We were a lot to claim a podium after the first run. I gave all, I took risks and it worked! This medal confirms my good shape and my good results this season”, explained the Swiss racer.
Medals for Team Rossignol
Jennifer Piot (FRA) – Downhill
Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) – Combined
Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR) – Combined
Michelle Gisin (SUI) – Slalom
Adeline Baud (FRA) – Slalom
Ragnhid Mowinckel (NOR) – Giant Slalom
Ramon Zenhäusern (SUI) – Slalom
Zan Kranjec (SLO) – Giant Slalom
Adeline Baud (FRA) - Combined
After winning three medals at the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Christof Innerhofer was one of the favourites of the downhill this weekend. He crossed the finish line first on the Kandahar slope and signs his third victory in downhill this season. Two Austrians complete the podium: Georg Streitberger (+0.12) and Klaus Kroell (+0.16).
“This morning on the training run I was far from fast. I was thinking how it would be impossible to win by going that slow in the top section. I tried not to think about it and to focus on the race, I knew the steep part is where I can do my best and I knew that’s where I needed to make up the time I might have lost at the top. On the last jump I felt confident that I had a good run but I really had no idea it would be fast enough for a victory. I struggled a lot during the preparation period, to think I won three times after not being sure if I would even be here this season is something very special. All I want to keep thinking about is how to keep this momentum and get faster every race”, said the Rossignol’s racer after the race.
The Italian is now third of the Downhill World Cup ranking with 344 points. Aksel Lund Svindal leads with 359 points and Dominik Paris is 2nd with 349 points. All is playable for the end of the season! There are still two downhills, one in Kvitfjell and one during the finals in Lenzerheide.
Please note the huge performance of Maxence Muzaton from Team Rossignol too. With the bib 50, the French racer ends 13th, his best career result in World Cup!
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After her huge disappointment in Schladming with two 14th places in Super G and Downhill, Marie Marchand-Arvier has reacted this week-end in Meribel. Following a strong run on the “Roc de Fer” Downhill piste, the skier of les Contamines finished third and missed the 2nd place for a mere 0.01 seconds. Carolina Ruiz Castillo wins the first race of her career ahead of Maria Hoefl-Riesch.
Marie Marchand-Arvier signs her fifth career podium in World Cup and was very happy to be back on the top: “The piste was like a boulevard, so well prepared and so much fun to ski on. The last 2 months have been difficult for me. Being back on the podium is a relief and gives me a lot of motivation for the rest of the season. The ambition is back. I remember now why I get up every day to train so hard. I’m also so happy to see my friend and now team mate Carolina to get her first career victory.”
Marion Rolland, Downhill World Champion in Schladming, finishes 10th.
Marie Marchand-Arvier: Video athlete profile
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