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!
Discover who is Maxence Muzaton?
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
Swedish’s Magdalena Fjaellstroem has won the slalom in the Junior World Championships. Behind her, Rossignol’s racers had done a good job with 4 girls in the Top 5! Michelle Gisin takes the silver medal: ”It’s incredible, I don’t believe it! I do a nice season but I didn’t expect a world title. It was my only day of racing in these World Championships, so I’m very happy.” Adeline Baud finishes third and grabs the bronze medal: “I’m very happy. Slalom is not my discipline so it’s a nice surprise for me. My discipline is the Giant Slalom. Tomorrow, I want the gold medal.”Petra Vhlova ends 4th and Nathalie Eklund 5th.
Giant Slalom: Silver medal for Mowinckel
With her bib number one, Norway’s Ragnhild Mowinckel has taken the silver medal in Giant Slalom during the Junior World Championships in Mont Saint Anne. Lisa-Maria Zeller (AUT) becomes World Champion. Romane Miradoli from Team Dynastar is third. Adeline Baud (Rossignol) from France is just off the podium in 4th position.
“I’m very happy! I wanted to be on the first step of the podium but I’m satisfied! I take part to all the races in these World Championships and I want to go up the podium again. It’s my last year in junior category. Next year, I would like to be more on the World Cup circuit than in the Europa Cup” explains Ragnhild Mowinckel after the race.
Schladming World Championships are now over. The Group Rossignol comes back from Austria with five medals and two titles of World Champion: Marion Rolland in Downhill and Tessa Worley in Giant Slalom. Relive in pictures and in video the best moments of these competition.
Super G: Lara Gut (SUI), Silver medallist
Lara Gut offers the first medal to the Team Rossignol. She takes the second place of the Super G in Schladming World Championships. The Swissgrabs here her third medal in a World Championship after her two silver medals in Val d’Isère in 2009 (downhill and super combined). Winner of a downhill this season, the Swiss girl was very happy of her podium despite a very long day of waiting due to bad weather conditions.
Downhill: Marion Rolland (FRA), World Champion
Downhill: Nadia Fanchini (ITA), Silver medallist
The video on Dynastar website
Giant Slalom: Tessa Worley (FRA), World Champion
Slalom: Frida Hansdotter (SWE), Bronze medallist
“I’m very happy of my third place. It was a new experience for me to be the leader of the first run. It was a good race, the conditions were perfect. I had the feeling that I could ski fast. It’s my state of mind this season. We have also a stronger team, it’s good for the future.”
The “Groupe Rossignol” congratulates its athletes for their results and their implication in these World Championships. We wish them a nice end of season with many “Another Best Day”.