CNN has followed the Ladies World Cup in Val d'Isère last week! They also came to Rossignol factory to know more about the new GS skis.
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Riders in this news : Tessa WORLEY
After her third place in St Moritz last week, Tessa Worley goes back up on the samestair of the podium in Courchevel. With the bib 1, the racer of Le Grand-Bornand took the 2nd place of the first run. The conditions were very particular, icy snow and poor visibility. In the second run, Tessa didn’t give away in front her public and grabs finally the third place of the Giant Slalom. Tina Maze wins her 4th GS this season ahead of the Austrian Kathrin Zettel. Worley signs today her 10th career podium, the first in France, and she was very satisfied: “I’m just so happy for a podium in France. I just can see all the people I know, they are happy for me, it’s always a little bit more than the other races. The conditions were very icy compare to the first races. But snow was perfect! Thanks to the organisation for the hard work. I loved this stuff conditions. I’m very happy today.”
Good results too for Frida Hansdotter who signs her best career result in Giant Slalom with a 5th place. It’s promising before the technical’s races in Are at home for the Swedish girl. Irene Curtoni ends 7th and shows her regularity in this discipline (8th in Sölden, 5th in Aspen, 7th in St Moritz).
Matteo Marsaglia doesn’t stop anymore! After his nice victory in Beaver Creek Super G two weeks ago, the Italian racer has controlled the challenging slope of Val Gardena. He ends second behind Aksel Lund Svindal and ahead of Werner Heel. Equipped from head to foot by Rossignol this year, Marsaglia confirms his rank among the best skiers of the World Cup: “I take pleasure in this slope. To be at home was a little pressure for me but it was ok because I knew that I’ve been among the best. I should make the difference in the “Ciaslat” in particular snow conditions. This Year, I have progressed in Super G but I miss some things in Dowwhill. I want to be also on the top in this discipline.” Christof Innerhofer takes the 10th place.
Canada’s Jan Hudec finished 12thin Friday’s World Cup super-G in Val Gardena. But the performance of day is for Manuel Osborne-Paradis. Started with bib 52, he ended 18th after a determined run on the Saslong. Winner here in Val Gardena in 2009, Manny comes back after almost two years of injury: “I’m happy. I’m definitely pumped with this result. I’m skiing better technically than I was before my injury. It’s just little bobbles here and little bobbles there. That was feel your way down (conditions). You couldn’t see anything. I knew I needed a point to secure a super-G spot for myself. I wasn’t really racing to win, just smart skiing”.
Video Athlete Profile : Manuel Osborne-Paradis
Rossi’s girls rock in Val d’Isère this Friday on the slope “OK” in La Daille. Lara Gut has profited of her bib 2 to sign the best time of the race and her first career victory in Downhill. The 21-year-old Swiss skier is ahead of another Ross’s racer Leanne Smith and her teammate Nadja Kamer. It’s the 8th podium of Lara Gut but especially her first victory with Rossignol. Listen her reaction after the race:
The two podiums of Stacey Cook in Lake Louise had inspiring Leanne Smith who grabs the first podium of her career with a second place. The 25-year-old American was very happy after the downhill: “I was really happy with the run that I put together today, this was beyond my expectations even if the 16th hundreds could have been made up. That’s really encouraging for future races”.
Marie Marchand-Arvier, who won the last training, ends just off the podium by 0.20 s. Two others girls of Team Rossignol are in the Top 10: Marion Rolland 9th and Stacey Cook 10th.
Riders in this news : Federica BRIGNONE
Federica Brignone has decided to skip the Giant Slalom in Courchevel scheduled next Sunday. The 22 years Italian racer should take a break to have a surgery on her right ankle.
She has a cyst witch avoids her to skiing. It’s a logical decision for the 2011 silver medallist in Ginat Slalom
“I came to a point where I couldn’t keep going. The pain became intolerable and I am struggling to even walk properly. I tried to keep going, but skiing became a pain and stopped being fun. I came to this decision in agreement with all my doctors, and at this point I don’t want to rush things. I am young and solely focused on healing properly and coming back to having fun on my skis. I am sure I will be back stronger then before.”, said Federica Brignone in a press release.
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