What a beautiful Super G today in Schladming despite a complicated visibility and a challenging slope. Ted Ligety (USA) becomes World Champion ahead of the French skier Gauthier De Tessières and Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal.
For Team Rossignol, Christof Innerhofer, titleholder of the discipline, ends finally 7th. The Italian had a little bit pressure this morning: “I try to be relax but it was not easy but the last days everybody speaks about me: “Innerhofer you should show the same like in Garmisch”. So I try to give the best and think at nothing! It was not my perfect day because it was not the conditions I prefer. I like when it’s icy! I do some mistakes so maybe I could take the 4th or 5th place but it was impossible to win.”
Matteo Marsaglia takes the 11th place, he didn’t “have a good feeling and he was a little bit tired”. Jan Hudec is 12th: “At world championships, it’s pointless to show up unless you want to win. Top three places count here – everything else is forgotten pretty quickly. I’m a little bit frustrated because I’m not 100 per cent sure where the time went. I had a good run but it wasn’t good enough”, said the Canadian.
Thomas Biesemeyer (USA) realized a nice performance for his first World Championships. He finishes 13th of the Super G: “It’s a really great experience. I start with bib number 6, I never had a bib in the Top 30! I wanted to ski with no regrets but it was more complicated today because I was nervous. I’m happy to be on the Top 15 even if at the World Championships you expect a podium” His teammate Ryan Cochran-Siegle, double Junior World Champion in Downhill and Super G, ends 15th.
Riders in this news : Lara GUT
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. Tina Maze becomes World Champion and Julia Mancuso is third. Congratulations also to another member of Team Rossignol, Ilka Stuhec. The Slovenian ends 6th and signs the best result of her young career!
Video: Lara Gut celebrates her medal with Rossignol!
Riders in this news : Marion ROLLAND
She has signed her two first carrier podium here in Schladming. Second of the downhill and third of the Super G during the last finals, Marion Rolland takes on this first competition of the World Championships with confidence.
Women Super G: Tuesday, February 5th
Riders in this news : Frida HANSDOTTER
For the fourth time this season and the sixth time in her career, Frida Hansdotter has taken the second place of the slalom in Maribor. In front of 20 000 thousands people, Tina Maze has won the race. Kathrin Zettel completes the podium.
Frida Hansdotter is now waiting for her first World Cup victory: “First of all, I’m happy with my performance today. Tina did a great job, she is full of confidence and was impossible to beat today. I hope my first victory will come soon, it would be huge if it happens at the World Championships”, explained Frida after the race.
Before the World Championships, she will take part to the City Event in Moscow. Here is the list of qualified athletes.
WCSL SL Ladies
Tina Maze SLO, Mikaela Shiffrin USA, Frida Hansdotter SWE, Veronika Velez Zuzulova SVK, Tanja Poutiainen FIN, Christina Geiger GER (replaces Maria Hoefl-Riesch), Carmen Thalmann AUT (replaces Kathrin Zettel), Bernadette Schild AUT (replaces Schild Marlies), Maria Pietilae-Holmner SWE, Michaela Kirchgasser AUT, Brittany Phelan CAN (replaces Erin Mielzynski), Anna Sorokina RUS (Wild card)
WCSL Overall Ladies
Nicole Hosp AUT (replaces Anna Fenninger), Lena Duerr GER (replaces Viktoria Rebensburg), Alexandra Daum AUT (replaces Elisabeth Goergl), Wendy Holdener SUI (replaces Lara Gut)
WCSL SL Men
Marcel Hirscher AUT, Felix Neureuther GER, Andre Myhrer SWE, Ivica Kostelic CRO, Wolfgang Hörl AUT (replaces Mario Matt), Manfred Moelgg ITA, Fritz Dopfer GER, Jean-Baptiste Grange FRA (replaces Alexis Pinturault), Stefano Gross ITA, Manuel Feller AUT (replaces Manfred Pranger), Jens Byggmark SWE, Alexander Khoroshilov RUS (Wild card)
WCSL Overall Men
Leif Kristian Haugen NOR (replaces Aksel Lund Svindal), David Chodounsky USA (replaces Ted Ligety), Reinfried Herbst AUT (replaces Hannes Reichelt), Truls Johansen NOR (replaces Kjetil Jansrud)
Riders in this news : Henrik KRISTOFFERSEN
Born in 1994, Henrik Kristoffersen is a young Norwegian who improves day by day his level in World Cup. This year, in slalom, he ends fifth time in the Top 20. After his 17th rank for his first Kitzbühel, Henrik is now qualified for the Schladming World Championships in slalom.
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