Congratulations Frida Hansdotter and Maria Pietilae-Holmner, 2nd and 3rd of the night slalom in Flachau!
Frida Hansdotter: “I hope I won't have to wait too long to get my first World Cup victory. Who knows it might happen at the Games. I am really satisfied with my skiing tonight. Mikaela was just unbeatable.”
Maria Pietilae-Homner: “It is so sweat to be part of such a good and strong team. We train really hard together, help and push each other.”
Henrik Kristoffersen has signed the second podium of his career in slalom with a third place in Adelboden behind Marcel Hirscher and Andre Myhrer. The talented young Norwegian has realized a strong second run and he is now among the best technician of the World Cup. It’s the second podium of the season for the Rossignol racer after his third place in Levi.
"I used to watch this race as a kid. Adelboden is one of the classics and it’s a spectacular hill and when you come into the final hill and see the huge crowd it’s pretty amazing. It's crazy with 30,000 people cheering for you when you come down, it's your moment. This finish definitely ranks pretty high on my list." (Quote : Fis Alpine)
In Giant Slalom, on Saturday, Henrik Kristoffersen has taken the 13th place after a big fright in the first run. A man has cut his trajectory just after a gate! His teammate Leif Kristian Haugen claimed his best World Cup career result with a 5th place.
Marie-Michele Gagnon claimed her first career World Cup win during the Super Combined in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee. It is the first ever podium in super combined and the first victory for Canada in a combined race for 30 years.
The racer from Rossignol Team has shown very good performances since the beginning of the season but she was not on the podium. Sitting 16th after the super-G, she has done a nice run in Slalom and ended first ahead of Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser and Germany’s Maria Höfl-Riesch.
“This is quite an ecstatic feeling. I’m still shaking. The first podium was really cool but a win is a win – no one else beat you. It’s incredible. It’s really special I was very surprised to win because in the super-G I did okay but I wasn’t actually that pleased. There was one place where I turned too much and got air so in the second run I knew I had to stick to my plan and do a good slalom run without any mistakes.”
The 24-year-old from Lac-Etchemin counts now two podiums in World Cup after her third place in Are two years ago. She sits first in super combined, third in slalom, ninth in super-G and 16th in giant slalom.
Please also note that Larisa Yurkiw punched her ticket to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games with a career-best sixth-place finish in Saturday’s downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee.
Maria Pietilae-Holmner has signed her 6th World Cup career podium on Sunday. She finished second of the Slalom in Bormio behind Mikaela Shiffrin and ahead of Nastasia Noens. The racer from Rossignol Team comes back on a podium in Slalom after her third place in Giant Slalom in Val d’Isère. Bronze medallist in Slalom at 2011 World Championships, it’s her 4th career podium in this discipline after her victory in Aspen in 2011 and her two second places in Levi and Aspen in 2008 and 2010.
“This second place is like a victory for me. I felt like I could ski fast, I was good in training and I was fast in the last race in Lienz but I never made it down so I am super happy to have delivered today. It has been a long time since I have enjoyed being on the podium.”(Fis Alpine)
Marie-Michele Gagnon from Canada takes the 5th place and she moves up to 3rd in slalom World Cup rankings. “I’m happy with the result. It was one of those races where you have to be flexible and do whatever you can. It was half rain, half snow. I had a pretty tough time just to make it to the bottom in the second run because I was really wild but I was charging. It was pretty tough.”
Sweden’s Jessica Lindell Vikarby has taken the second place of the Giant Slalom in Lienz (AUT), win by Anna Fenninger. She was on the lead after the first run for only 0.02 but the racer from Rossignol Team didn’t manage to be fastest than Austrian’s racer and ended for 0.01 ahead of the young Mikaela Shiffrin. She claimed her third podium this season and kept her red bib of GS World Cup leader with 332 points ahead of her Rossi’s teammate Maria Pietilae-Holmner (222 points).
“I am glad to be on the podium and to keep the giant slalom red bib. In Val d'Isère I finished 6th and was a bit frustrated with myself because of the mistakes I made. Today was different, I am very happy.” (Fis Alpine)
Rossignol leads the ladies overall and GS brand ranking!
Rossignol’s skis have shown all their efficiency since the beginning of the season especially in GS. Today, 3 others racers are in the Top 10 for the last Giant Slalom of the year. Federica Brignone, 4th in Val d’Isère, confirms her come-back with a 6th place. Maria Pietilae-Holmner is 7th after her first GS World Cup podium last week (2nd) while Anémone Marmottan takes the 8th place.
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