After the technical races, speed races take places this weekend in Beaver Creek (USA) for the ladies and in Lake Louise (Canada) for the men. Some athletes of Rossignol Team give their goals for next season.
Stacey Cook (USA): “In the coming season I am really looking to build off the success and progress I have made in the last few seasons. I know I can be fast on any day and am looking to have confidence every race to go for the win. My biggest priority is to be prepared to have a great race at the Olympics. That includes qualifying, securing a good start position, and doing everything I can to feel ready and prepared on that day. I also want to give a chase for the Downhill World Cup Title. That would be a really special accomplishment for me!”
Didier Defago (SUI): “I would like to come back in the Top 10 in Downhill and in Super G, to achieve a podium during the Classic Downhills in January and also a Top 3 in Beaver Creek. I never had a result on this slope. And also, I wish to win my qualification for the Olympic Games and to defend my title.”
Tommy Biesemeyer (USA): “This upcoming season, I hope to stay healthy and take my skiing to the next level. Of course the Olympics are a goal, but most importantly I want to say that I didn't leave anything on the hill at the end of the day. This feeling motivates me each day and I look forward to my opportunities this season. “
Ilka Stuhec (SLO): “I would like to improve my status between the best of downhill skiers and also move forward in Super G and GS. I wouldn't speak in numbers.“
Jan Hudec (CAN): “My goal is to win Lake Louise!”
Brice Roger (FRA): “I wish I will take my qualification for the Olympic Games because it’s a dream. I want to be part of the Top 15 in downhill, Super G and Combined. If I succeed, it will be a very nice season!”
Marie Marchand-Arvier (FRA): “2014 means Sochi for me. I would like to grab a medal during the Games. I should be in a good shape and make good results during the first races in Beaver Creek/Lake Louise/St Moritz/Val d'Isère. I want to give my best!”
Riders in this news : Henrik KRISTOFFERSEN
After his third place in Levi’s slalom, Henrik Kristoffersen came back at home in Norway and some televisions were at the airport to welcome and congratulate him for his performance.
Check out the reportage on TV2: http://tv2.no/video/?progId=691888
And the reaction of the ski alpine commentator
Please find under some newspapers links about Henrik Kristoffersen’s first World Cup podium!
Lars Elton Myhre from Rossignol Team has announced that he is stopping his career due to back problems for a long time. Norwegian racer counts 6 podiums in Europa Cup including 4 victories and a bronze medal in combined at the Junior World Championships in Maribor (2004). In World Cup, his best result is a 5th place in Beaver Creek super combined. This season, Lars Elton Myhre will comment the Olympic Games and some big races for a Norwegian TV.
Rossignol Team wishes him all the best for his new life and adventures.
Riders in this news : Henrik KRISTOFFERSEN
At only 19 years old, Henrik Kristoffersen has signed his first World Cup career podium. He finishes third just behind the two Austrians Marcel Hirscher and Mario Matt. Fourth of the first run, the racer of the Team Rossignol has found the right way of skiing in the second and confirms all his talent.
“My goal for this season was to make it into the top 10, but today was like a dream. I had a good first run, knew I had a shot at going far but I tried to keep myself calm by thinking it was just another race. When I realized I made my first podium, I experienced probably the best feeling a skier could ever wish for,” said Kristoffersen during the press conference.
Junior Giant Slalom World Champion in 2012 and Combined in 2013, junior slalom and combined silver medallist in 2012, winner of two Europe Cups, the Norwegian are only on the World Cup tour since March 2012. He begins very well this new season and as his teammate Aksel Lund Svindal says on Twittre, this podium is not “the last” of the young Kristoffersen!
The next stage will take place in Lake Louise, Canada in 15 days for the first speed men races. Stay tuned!
It was the first giant slalom of the season and the first victory for Lara Gut. After she has won the first run, the racer of the Team Rossignol has kept the lead and finished ahead of Austrian’s Kathrin Zettel (+0.84) and Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg (+1.28). It’s her first victory in this discipline and Lara Gut was very satisfied: "It’s the first race of the season and there’s already a win, it’s amazing. I’m pretty happy to bring a giant slalom victory back to Switzerland. It’s a really nice feeling."
The results are good for all the Team Rossignol and most of the girls are happy to see that they could confirm their summer trainings. Maria Pietilae-Holmner ends 7th after two strong runs, Jessica Lindell Vikarby is 8th, Marie-Michele Gagnon 10th. The Canadian racer was happy to finish in the Top 10: “Overall I’m really happy to start the season like that – attacking. Especially in the first run, I made quite a few mistakes but I was still charging. I’m really happy with 10th. I was super excited to race today. I loved the crowd, the ambiance. I was just really happy to stop training and start racing.”
Please also note the very good performance of Adeline Baud, 20th on the finish. She just comes back from a knee injury!
The next stage for the ladies will be in Levi for slalom (16th November).
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