For the last stage of the season, Tessa Worley and Lara Gut from Team Rossignol end on the podium of the Giant Slalom in Lenzerheide. 2013 Giant Slalom World Champion Tessa Worley was first after the first run but she finally finishes second behind the unbeatable Tina Maze. She closes her season with the fourth position of the Giant Slalom World Cup counting four podiums, three third places (St Moritz, Courchevel, Semmering) and one second place here in Swiss for the finals.
“It was the last race of the season and I really wanted to do something good. But it’s not that easy. The season has been tough and long. I lost a lot of energy in the very hard top section of the course and my batteries were definitely low to finish strong. I’ve got no regrets. I pushed until the end and I’m really pleased with this 2nd place to end my super season.”
At home, the Swiss racer Lara Gut has concluded her season with a podium, a third place in Giant Slalom after taking two times the 4th place in this discipline this season in Aspen and St-Moritz.
“It’s only my second podium in Giant Slalom, after the one 4 years ago in Semmering and I’m of course really happy. I’ve managed to ski the way I wanted today, even though I made a couple of mistakes, especially in the 2nd run. When I’m stable on my skis, I’m usually fast. It’s a shame the season is ending while I’m starting to make podiums”
Riders in this news : Matteo MARSAGLIA
At the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide, Matteo Marsaglia ends second of the Super G World Cup behind Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal and ahead of Austrian’s Matthias Mayer. The Italian racer signs this season his first podium and his first career victory in Beaver Creek. He counts also a second place in Val Gardena. Equipped from head to foot by Rossignol, Matteo Marsaglia has well represented the brand this winter and we congratulate him!
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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
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