Bormio’s downhill was totally crazy this Saturday – like every year – but in 2012 the first four racers are in 0.02 seconds! For the second time since 1978 in downhill, two skiers share the first place: Hannes Reichelt (AUT) and Dominik Paris (ITA). Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) completes the podium at only 0.01s. Klaus Kroell (AUT) just ends off the podium by 0.02 seconds compare to the leaders. The slope “Stelvio” was a little faster than the trainings and the battle to be on the podium was strong.
Second of the two last trainings, Christof Innerhofer (Rossignol) doesn’t manage to confirm during the race and ends 9th. The Italian, winner in 2008 and 3rd in 2010, was a little disappointed: “I do a big mistake on the flat, it was not the section to do that because I lost a lot of speed. Maybe today I can’t win because the podium was so close. Before this mistake I was skiing well. But after I didn’t take the line that I wanted and I lost again time in the third last gates. When I show how I was skiing during the trainings I could be happy but of sure I’m a little angry because I think it was possible to win. I hadn’t taken the chance.”
After a halftone season’s beginning, Didier Défago (Rossignol) wanted to show best things on this slope where he has win last year. Unfortunately, the Swiss was not perfect to grab the podium: “I did a good start but after I didn’t ski well during two sections and it was too much to be on the top. In the end, I didn’t have the good rhythm. I’m disappointed because I think that I could do better things. Although my season is difficult at the moment, there is some positive stuff to keep. Now, I will prepare myself for Adelboden.”
The performance of the day is for the young French Brice Roger (Rossignol) who finishes 16th for his second participation in Bormio. After his 10th place in Val Gardena, the skier of La Plagne continues his learning in World Cup. “I didn’t change my ski between the first training and the race. My start was not quick but after, in the finish section, I didn’t lost time. I’m happy to be on the 16th. At the moment, I’m in confidence. I have better and better bibs. I hope that I will grab the Top 30 quickly. I will continue to work. My next downhill will be in Wengen, I don’t know this slope, I think that it will be very physical!”
Video Athlete Profile : Brice Roger
For the last Giant Slalom of the year 2012, Tessa Worley (Rossignol) grabs the 3rd place in Semmering (Austria) and signs her third podium this season at the same place (after St Moritz and Courchevel). In Austria, at home, Anna Fenninger takes the win with a huge margin (+ 1.10) ahead of Tina Maze (SLO) and in very difficult conditions (fog, wind and snow!). Worley signs the 11th career podium and at the moment, she is 5th of the Giant slalom ranking at only 31 points of the 3rd, Viktoria Rebensburg.
“I’ve showed consistency so far this season and this is very important for the self-confidence and encouraging for the future races. The conditions were a bit soft in the 1st run, as I started 2nd, and were more bumpy in the 2nd. We all had to adapt. Anna did two perfect runs today. I hope I will get my perfect day soon”, said Worley, who won this GS two years ago.
Rossi’s women have still shown very good things with 7 girls in Top 17. Swedish team is very strong this year. Jessica Lindell Vikarby ranks 6th, her best career place in GS. 2007 silver medallist in this discipline, Maria Pietilae-Holmner grabs the 10th place while Frida Hansdotter is 11th. Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon is 14th, Irene Curtoni 16th and Anémone Marmottan 17th.
Video Athlete Profile: Jessica Lindell Vikarby
After the first downhill training in Bormio, athletes from Team Rossignol has given their feelings on this challenging slope.
Tuesday, December 18th : Slalom M
The stage of Madonna di Campiglio was missing on the World Cup calendar since seven years. Racers and public were happy to see again this night slalom. Here is the podium: 1. Marcel Hirscher, 2. Felix Neureuther, 3. Naoki Yuasa. For Rossignol, Leif Kristian Haugen signs his best career result in slalom with the 8th place and a high bib (35). Henrik Kristoffersen continues his learning of World Cup and for the second time this year after Levi (11th), he enters to Top 15 (14th).
Wednesday, December 19th : Giant Slalom W
The first run of the night giant slalom of Are wasn’t easy for all the girls. After the race, Tessa Worley said that she missed her first run because of a too much aggressive skiing (8th). She corrected her mistakes and won the second run. But it wasn’t enough to catch the 3rd place of the podium. She finally ends off to the podium. Viktoria Rebensburg wins ahead of Anna Fenninger and Tina Maze, who doesn’t win for the five in a row the Giant Slalom.
Frida Hansdotter confirms her good shape with a new 5th place after Courchevel. Her Swedish teammate, Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, finishes 8th.
Athlete Profile Video : Frida Hansdotter
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