Not in the timing in Lake Louise last week, Christof Innerhofer has realized a huge performance this Friday during the Downhill of Beaver Creek (USA). The Italian has controlled the “Birds of Prey” and ended first ahead of the two Norwegians, Aksel Lund Svindal (+0.23), double winner in Lake Louise and Kjetil Jansrud (+0.50). The Super World Champion 2011 signs the 4th victory of his career, the 2nd in Downhill after Bormio in 2008.
“I was so relaxed on the start today. Somehow I made it feel like a training run today and all I told myself at the start was – Go full gas! Until the very end I couldn’t believe this was happening, it’s so unbelievable! Especially knowing that I have been struggling with some injuries this summer. I was definitely more nervous once I crossed the finish line than I was when leaving the start gate.” I thought I had no chance against Svindal, but when he didn’t beat me it became a bit more real that I could win today!”, said Innerhofer after the race.
Didier Défago gets back to Top 10. One Super G on Saturday and one Giant Slalom on Sunday are scheduled this weekend in Beaver Creek.
Christof Innerhofer Profile Athlete
4th, 5th, 6th here are the places of Lara Gut, Irene Curtoni and Tessa Worley during the Giant Slalom of Aspen. Lara Gut had an impressive second run and she ended 4th at only two tenths of the podium. “Thanks to everybody that believed in me after last year and helped to reach again the Top-15 in Giant Slalom! Next Stop: Lake Louise!”, she said after the race.
After her 8th place in Sölden and her first podium in Giant Slalom last year in Ofterschwang (3rd), Irene Curtoni confirms that she will be strong this winter. 5th in Aspen, the Italian was happy and hopes that the second podium is for soon: “I know that I can play with the best, skiing fast, be unhappy of a 5th place because I could be on the podium… All these things show me that I’m a lucky girl because I’m having fun and smiling!”
Winner in Aspen in 2008 and 2010, Tessa Worley has made some mistakes in the first run but her second run was better. She ends 6th but the French racer said that “it was not sufficient and not good regarding her goals for the season.”
Congratulations to those three girls and also to Marie-Pier Prefontaine who signs the second best results of her career with a 13th place. Anemone Marmottan is 14th
Riders in this news : Robbie DIXON
Please find below the press release of Canadian Alpine Federation about the injury of Robbie Dixon. We wish him a very good recovery and all the best for the next months.
VAIL, USA (Nov. 15, 2012) — Canadian Alpine Ski Team veteran Robbie Dixon suffered a serious leg injury after crashing during a race in Copper Mountain, USA, on Thursday.
The 27-year-old from Whistler, B.C., was taking part in a FIS (International Ski Federation) race as part of his preparations for the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup, which gets underway in Alberta next week.
Dixon landed after a jump and caught an edge. He suffered a tib-fib fracture of the right leg and is due to have surgery in Vail, Colo., Thursday evening. No timeframe has been set for Dixon’s return but it is expected to be a long-term injury and he will not compete in Lake Louise, Alta.
“It’s a hard one to swallow given how the last couple of years have gone,” said Dixon, who battled back from a serious concussion and had been looking forward to getting his 2012-13 World Cup season underway next week.
“I caught an edge and one thing led to another. I’m going to stay positive. I’m fortunate to have some pretty amazing teammates who I can call my friends. They’re supporting me and I know they’ve got my back.”
Dixon is one of Canada’s most gifted speed skiers. The 2010 Olympian has racked up 11 top-10 World Cup results and last year came agonizingly close to securing his first podium when he finished fourth in the super-G in Beaver Creek, USA.
Lake Louise is set to host men’s downhill and super-G races on Nov. 24 and 25. The ladies will then compete in downhill and super-G races from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
In spite of very difficult conditions, Didier Défago realized a huge performance during the Opening Giant Slalom of Sölden. 7th of the first run, he ends 5th and signs his second best results in this discipline. “It’s good for the confidence to begin the season like that”, said the Swiss after the race.
Note that Leif Kristian Haugen has signed one of the best place of his career after his 11th place in Alta Badia in 2010 : “It was a challenging race in Sölden yesterday. However I managed to fight myself down to a respectable 13th place in the season opener. Super pumped about that result. It's always good to start of the season with a good result under the belt, knowing that the job that has been put down over the last months have helped improve my skills on the slopes”, has explained the Norwegian.
For the first Giant Slalom of the season, three Rossignol's girls finish in the Top 10 this Saturday in Sölden (Austria). In very bad conditions during the second run, Marie-Michele Gagnon ends 6th, Irene Curtoni 8th and Jessica Lindell Vikarby 9th. Second of the first run, Tessa Worley goes, unfortunately, out of the slope in the second run.
Listen the interview after the race of Gagnon and Curtoni!
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