Riders in this news : Resi STIEGLER
Erin Mielzynskitook away the slalom of Ofterschwang on Sunday! Fifth of the first leg, the Canadian created the surprise. Her best result in the World Cup being two 13th places in Arber-Zwiesel and Courchevel in 2011. The young skier is the first Canadian to gain a victory in this discipline since 1971!
“I knew today would be a special day because the snow was so different. The hill was prepared very, very well. Today has been surreal. I’ve struggled a bit on the way, especially with my confidence to find who I am as a skier. I came into today and I believed. I just tried to ski like I do in training. It’s an amazing day, I don’t have words to describe it yet … maybe tonight the words will come”, said Erin after the race.
Other surprise on the second step: the presence of Resi Stiegler who signs the first podium of her career! The protected of Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn made a huge performance on the German slope with her number 35. She had signed a 4th place in Are in 2006 and in Reiteralm in 2007 before injuring herself seriously.
“I have to say thanks to my whole team. They’ve always been there for me for all my years of being down. I had a good day yesterday – it was my first second run since my crash in 2007. I’ve had nine or 10 surgeries since then. Coming back and trying to ski, everyone keeps getting faster you just don’t know if it’s gonna happen sometimes. But today gave me a lot of hope”, explained Resi.
Both skiers of the Team Rossignol end before Marlies Schild who is already assured to take away the small globe of the slalom. Note Marie- Michele Gagnon's excellent 5th place, the best result of her career in slalom.
Team Rossignol is in very good shape! Due to the exceptional warm weather, the race takes place on two days. This size did not disturb our athletes. Fourth on Friday during the first run, Ragnhild Mowinckel wins the giant slalom! The Norwegian, who begins to tace in World Cup this season, gains the upper hand on the Swede Sara Hector and the Frenchwoman Adeline Baud (Rossignol). The skier of les Gets, 3rd in European Cup of giant in Paganella few days ago, showed her potential. The Norwegian Kristine Gjelsten Haugen (4e) ends in a hundredth of the podium!
Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR), gold:“I really do not know what say right now. I was seven after the first run yesterday and I simply cannot believe I won the giant! I was aiming for top 5, but thought top 10 would be good as well. Being on the top of the podium is seriously cool, I'm so happy!”
Adeline Baud (FRA), bronze: “I was not pleased with my 8th position yesterday as I know I can ski better than that. I felt good before the race today, and things went smooth for me. It was really tight though, and I'm super happy that I managed to finish third and not fourth”.
After three days of race, Rossignol’s athletes count already four medals! To be continued!
Riders in this news : Resi STIEGLER
The first men event of the Junior World Championships took place in Roccaraso in Italia. During the downhill, the American of Team Rossignol, Ryan Cochran-Siegle (bib 1)finishes first before Ralph Weber and Nils Mani. Mathieu Faivre (Rossignol), ends 4th.
Ryan Cochran-Siegle is born in 1972 and his mother is Barbara Ann Cochran, 1972 Olympic slalom gold medalist. The young American has begun in World Cup this year in Lake Louise. In Super G, he finishes two times in the thirty (29th in Beaver Creek and 26th in Crans-Montana). Congratulations to him!
“The earlier you started today was definitely better. I had a good training the first day, but yesterday things didn't work out, and I was not expecting a win like this. The run was good, I like the terrain here, and it's a lot of fun. Surely it's special to have my mum here, winning in front of here makes me proud, and by taking the first win it definitely gives me more confidence for the coming races. I have good chances in super g, but in the technical races I will have to do my best". (Source: fisalpine.com)
Note that yesterday Petra Vlhova from Team Rossignol ends third. On Saturday, the girls will have a slalom and on Sunday, the boys will have a Super G.
It was a beautiful day in Germany for Team Rossignol during the first giant slalom of Ofterschwang. Irene Curtoni ends third equally with Elisabeth Goergl. The Italian, regularly in the Top 15 of the discipline, signs the first podium of her career.
On the fifth place and at only two hundredth of the podium, Jessica Lindell-Vikarby made a good result today. Rather specialized in speed disciplines, the Swede showed interesting things in giant. 8th in Sölden in the beginning of season, she marks the best result of her career in this event.
On the other hand, Tessa Worley realizes a small disappointing performance and loses her red bib of leader of giant's World cup. Seventh after the first leg, she will stay in this rank. Viktoria Rebensburg takes the 100 points of the victory today. The skier of the Grand-Bornand counts now 44 points of delay on the German but stays nevertheless in ambush.
Three other racers form Team Rossignol entered in the Top 15 : Federica Brignone (13th), Lara Gut (14th) and Anémone Marmottan (15th).
Jean-Baptiste Grangegets closer to the podium! In delicacy with his back since the beginning of season, the skier of Valloire felt reassured during the giant of Crans-Montana. He signed the best time of the second run and made a big rise. Indeed, after the first run, he was only on the 20th place. He ends finally fourth. " I make a big fault in the first rund. It is not still ideal to make that in these conditions but I had calculated nothing. I said myself: " take your luck! " I ski well in giant. It is the World cup, I did well pleasure. There is nothing to say, anything to regret. My back is better in this discipline. I am satisfied with the way that is set up. It's perfect! " (Source : jbgrange.com)
Didier Defago ends fifth, his best place this season in the discipline. These good results added to Jan Hudec's performance, 2nd on Friday and 5th on Saturday in Super Giant, open beautiful perspectives to Team Rossignol for this end of season.
The second run of Jean-Baptiste Grange (video eurosport)
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