Riders in this news : Stefan LUITZ
Born in 1992, Stefan Luitz has signed the first podium of his young career in Val d’Isère. 25th of the first run, he moved to the second place of the Giant Slalom. The Rossi’s skier has realized a perfect second run (best time of the run) and stood on the podium finish between the winner Marcel Hirscher and the leader of the GS World Cup, Ted Ligety! His best career place was a 13th rank in Beaver Creek last week.
Show the reaction of Stefan Luitz just after the podium
Riders in this news : Stacey COOK
Stacey Cook gets her second podium in two days in Lake Louise. The American is still behind her amazing teammate Lindsey Vonn, who did a huge mistake but crossed the finish line first!
The Rossi’s girl Stacey Cook was very happy after this second race: “I've been waiting for that day for so long and it was kind of unbelievable when it happened, so special. Today I just really had a lot less pressure, I accomplished a major goal yesterday and just skied for myself today and just skied for myself today and really and really charged. I still had some speed in me from yesterday and I found little bit more speed in the course today, made a few little mistakes as well, but two podiums in a row; I never thought that was within my capability.”
Congratulations too to Marie Marchand-Arvier, just off the podium by 0.20 seconds.
After Christof Innerhofer in downhill on Friday, it’s his young teammate Matteo Marsaglia who controls the “Bird of Prey” this Saturday. For the first time of his career, the Italian wins the Super G of Beaver Creek ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal (+0.27) and Hannes Reichelt (+0.70). It’s a very impressive performance because Marsaglia realizes a strong run without mistakes. Fourth during the final Super G in Schladming, the Roman signs today his first victory and his first podium in World Cup.
“What a day! I have been close to the podium last year so I knew I could do it, especially in Super G and I have always loved this slope. I pushed more than 100% and I still can’t believe it. Four years ago when I did my first training run on the Birds of Prey, I knew I would like this slope – I came down with a huge smile on my face, I was so excited. Whenever I got asked what was my favorite slope I used to say it’s the Birds of Prey, and that was before I won here so now it is going to have a special place in my heart. “
“Now I want to go race by race, at the finals last year in Schladming I was leading until the last intermediate but I made a mistake and finished fourth. With this victory today my goal will be to finish the season among the top seven guys and do well at the World Championships in Garmisch.”
For the rest of the Team Rossignol, the report is interesting: Jan Hudec ends 10th, Didier Défago 16th and Christof Innerhofer, despite a big mistake who costs him the podium, finishes 17th. Note the nice performance of the young Thomas Biesemeyer who signs the best place of his career with a 18th rank.
Matteo Marsaglia Profile Athlete
Riders in this news : Stacey COOK
Friday, for the first ladies downhill in Lake Louise, the conditions were tough and irregular according to the racers. With her bib 16, Lindsey Vonn dominated for 5th time in a row the Canadian downhill with a huge margin, 1.73 seconds! Her teammate and member of Rossignol Team, Stacey Cook, signs the 2nd place and her first career podium.
“I had a few mistakes but I was just charging the whole way. I kept a good attitude because I knew that it was going to be a close race and, even though it was not close between Lindsey and I, behind me was as close as it gets.”, said the American girl after the race.
Despite the bad weather, Tina Weirather and Maria Hoefl-Riesch share the third place of the podium. A second downhill and a Super G are scheduled for the rest of the week-end.
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
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