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Riders in this news : Christof INNERHOFER
This Saturday, in Wengen, Christof Innerhofer has totally controlled the Lauberhorn Downhill and grabs his second season victory after Beaver Creek last December. The Italian gets in front two Austrians Klaus Kroell (+0.30) and Hannes Reichelt (+0.76). From Friday, the triple world medallist in Garmisch has shown good things winning the downhill of Super Combined. But finally, he ended 5th after slalom.
“I pushed as hard as I could for as long as I could. I am really happy with my run, I think I made no mistakes but Kroell sure wasn’t joking either and gave it a good shot. I skied a run like never before, I can definitely say that. I was able to push hard in the difficult sections while at the same time being light on the skis on the gliding sections. It’s really special winning here in Wengen – everything is special about this place. The crowd is amazing the train that we use to get to the top is a unique experience and the helicopter ride back into town comes as icing on the cake! I couldn’t be happier!”
Equipped from head to foot by Rossignol this year, Innerhofersigns the 5th victory of his career, the 3rd in Downhill. He takes also the second place of the discipline’s ranking (52 points late) behind Aksel Lund Svindal. Winnerhofer is back!
American’s Lindsey Vonn wins Cortina d’Ampezzo Downhill ahead of Tina Maze (+0.43) and Leanne Smith (+0.89) from Team Rossignol. The American grabs her second podium career after her 2nd place in Val d’Isère last December. Marion Rolland takes the 4th place, her best result this season. After her two podiums last season, the racer of les Deux-Alpes is reassured in Cortina.
Yesterday night in Flachau (Austria), Frida Hansdotter still goes up the podium! She ends second behind Mikaela Shiffrin and ahead of Tanja Poutiainen. It's her third podium this season after Are and Zagreb! Her teammate Maria Pietilae-Holmner ends 7th.
Huge performance also of Michelle Gisin - the little sister of Dominique Gisin - who finishes 9th for her third World Cup and who signs the best time of the 2nd run! Rossignol always leads the Overall Equipment Ranking for women.
The night slalom in Zagreb is always a special stage. All girls want to become ‘Snow Queen’ of Croatia! 17-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin confirmed that she is the real new star of the Ladies World Cup. The American teenager won both runs to take the victory by 1.19 seconds with a two-run combined time of 2:01.73. Behind her, two Rossi’s racers are on the podium! Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter still realized two strong runs and signs her second podium this season after Are’s slalom. Erin Mielzynski from Canada secured the second World Cup podium of her career since her victory last season in Ofterschwang.
“It’s amazing, I wear my emotions on my sleeve and I knew I had to take some steps this year to get on the (podium). It’s great to have this to build my confidence and remind me what it takes. I just want to learn from every experience and I learned a lot from today. I came into today just wanting to simplify things. I think I’ve been trying to find a race gear that I don’t necessarily need to find. In the first run I was fifth and in the second run I tried to keep it simple. The course was really difficult so I just tried to keep it together from top to bottom. It was great seeing the green (leader’s) light at the bottom. I had a bit of a wait after that but it was amazing”, said the 22-year-old Mielzynski.
Vidéo athlete profile: Erin Mielzynski
Copyright pictures: Agence Zoom and Pentaphoto/Alpine Canada
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