4th, 5th, 6th here are the places of Lara Gut, Irene Curtoni and Tessa Worley during the Giant Slalom of Aspen. Lara Gut had an impressive second run and she ended 4th at only two tenths of the podium. “Thanks to everybody that believed in me after last year and helped to reach again the Top-15 in Giant Slalom! Next Stop: Lake Louise!”, she said after the race.
After her 8th place in Sölden and her first podium in Giant Slalom last year in Ofterschwang (3rd), Irene Curtoni confirms that she will be strong this winter. 5th in Aspen, the Italian was happy and hopes that the second podium is for soon: “I know that I can play with the best, skiing fast, be unhappy of a 5th place because I could be on the podium… All these things show me that I’m a lucky girl because I’m having fun and smiling!”
Winner in Aspen in 2008 and 2010, Tessa Worley has made some mistakes in the first run but her second run was better. She ends 6th but the French racer said that “it was not sufficient and not good regarding her goals for the season.”
Congratulations to those three girls and also to Marie-Pier Prefontaine who signs the second best results of her career with a 13th place. Anemone Marmottan is 14th
Riders in this news : Robbie DIXON
Please find below the press release of Canadian Alpine Federation about the injury of Robbie Dixon. We wish him a very good recovery and all the best for the next months.
VAIL, USA (Nov. 15, 2012) — Canadian Alpine Ski Team veteran Robbie Dixon suffered a serious leg injury after crashing during a race in Copper Mountain, USA, on Thursday.
The 27-year-old from Whistler, B.C., was taking part in a FIS (International Ski Federation) race as part of his preparations for the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup, which gets underway in Alberta next week.
Dixon landed after a jump and caught an edge. He suffered a tib-fib fracture of the right leg and is due to have surgery in Vail, Colo., Thursday evening. No timeframe has been set for Dixon’s return but it is expected to be a long-term injury and he will not compete in Lake Louise, Alta.
“It’s a hard one to swallow given how the last couple of years have gone,” said Dixon, who battled back from a serious concussion and had been looking forward to getting his 2012-13 World Cup season underway next week.
“I caught an edge and one thing led to another. I’m going to stay positive. I’m fortunate to have some pretty amazing teammates who I can call my friends. They’re supporting me and I know they’ve got my back.”
Dixon is one of Canada’s most gifted speed skiers. The 2010 Olympian has racked up 11 top-10 World Cup results and last year came agonizingly close to securing his first podium when he finished fourth in the super-G in Beaver Creek, USA.
Lake Louise is set to host men’s downhill and super-G races on Nov. 24 and 25. The ladies will then compete in downhill and super-G races from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
In spite of very difficult conditions, Didier Défago realized a huge performance during the Opening Giant Slalom of Sölden. 7th of the first run, he ends 5th and signs his second best results in this discipline. “It’s good for the confidence to begin the season like that”, said the Swiss after the race.
Note that Leif Kristian Haugen has signed one of the best place of his career after his 11th place in Alta Badia in 2010 : “It was a challenging race in Sölden yesterday. However I managed to fight myself down to a respectable 13th place in the season opener. Super pumped about that result. It's always good to start of the season with a good result under the belt, knowing that the job that has been put down over the last months have helped improve my skills on the slopes”, has explained the Norwegian.
For the first Giant Slalom of the season, three Rossignol's girls finish in the Top 10 this Saturday in Sölden (Austria). In very bad conditions during the second run, Marie-Michele Gagnon ends 6th, Irene Curtoni 8th and Jessica Lindell Vikarby 9th. Second of the first run, Tessa Worley goes, unfortunately, out of the slope in the second run.
Listen the interview after the race of Gagnon and Curtoni!
The Rossignol group would like to pay tribute to Émile Allais, who has died in his 101st year
A long and fruitful partnership
Born in February 1912 in the French town of Megève, Emile Allais was unanimously recognized as a pioneer and visionary in the world of skiing. His links with Rossignol are numerous and strongly forged.
In 1936, Emile Allais became the first athlete to be sponsored by Rossignol and France's first great skiing champion. In the year that skiing became an Olympic sport, Emile Allais won medals in both the Combined and Slalom events. In 1937, he went on to claim the first title in the history of French skiing, becoming a triple World Champion in Chamonix.
This marked the start of a long and fruitful partnership that would help to shape the brand's history and contribute to its success over the years.
Emile Allais contributed to the greatest innovations: solid wood skis, skis made from a series of wooden layers, flat skis, laminated and glued skis, followed by metal and fiberglass skis.
He applied his talent in both the Rossignol research and development laboratories and on the snow, developing many skis that went on to become legends, including the Olympic 41, the Metalais, the Strato (first fiberglass ski) and even the first metal ski, the Allais 60 which bears his name.
An exceptional destiny
Bruno Cercley, Chief Executive Officer of the Rossignol Group, said: "Emile Allais was a great designer and inspiration, setting an example extending beyond his sport. Emile and Rossignol's histories are closely intertwined. He was an avant-garde designer, an exceptional skier and a talented inventor. It is with much emotion and respect that we pay tribute to the memory of this great character who actively contributed to Rossignol's growth and the development of French skiing. His passing affects us all because he was part of our history. Our thoughts are above all with his family and those close to him".
In addition to his close partnership with Rossignol, Emile Allais led several lives, all connected to the great adventure of skiing. As well as being France's first qualified ski instructor, he was responsible for designing some major ski resorts in the United States and France.
A visionary, constructive, creative and passionate pioneer, Emile Allais explored the mountains of the world on skis. In the eyes of Rossignol and all its employees, he will forever remain an example and symbol of passion
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