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DIDIER DEFAGO: "I WANT TO ENJOY IT"
Heroe(s) in this news Didier DEFAGO
As the first speed races will take place in Lake Louise next week-end, Didier Defago (37) will start the final season of his career. Olympic downhill champion , winner of the most prestigious races on the circuit, the Swiss is dreaming of winning a medal at the World Championships in Vail .
-You made your debut in the World Cup in 1996. After 18 years on the circuit, how do you approach this last season?
I am focused. Well, this is my last season, that's clear since last winter. But there are moments when I tell myself that I will miss it. Some things I will miss, others a little less ... And my level of motivation is always on top. I have a great desire.
-The perspective of competing in the World Championships on Beaver Creek’s slope that you particularly like should delight you?
Yes, it is a bit special, but I first have to qualify for the Championships. But sure that Beaver Creek can be something nice... This is a slope that I like and a race I've always wanted to hang on to my charts (and this year we have two possibilities!). And then, I run after a medal at the Worlds since those of Val d'Isère. So it would allow me to do two things at once ... But the season is long, it’s starting now and I want to enjoy it. I feel that at times I put myself a little too much pressure because I really want to make the most of it. And I want to succeed this season! I try to tell me: "Do what you can do, what you know". But when you're an athlete, you always want more, that’s it!”
TINA MAZE TRIUMPHS IN LEVI
Heroe(s) in this news Tina MAZE
After a powerful performance that placed her in the lead in the first run, the Slovenian champion kept the advantage in the second to win the first slalom of the season. In Levi, the bib 13 was the lucky one for Tina Maze who claimed her 4th slalom success, the 24th of her amazing career.
Olympic downhill and GS champion, Tina Maze reminded everyone on Saturday that her first love has been the slalom.After having some troubles in this technical discipline last season, she putted on a hard work this summer to become the fastest again. “My legs know how to ski, my body knows how to move, but sometimes not thinking is the hardest. I am very happy that I was able to do so today and that it paid off”, smiled the Slovenian, before going on the highest step of the podium ahead of Frida Hansdotter and Kathrin Zettel.
Tina Maze arrived in Finland already one week before the race day and she thinks that it’s one key of her success. “It’s the best feeling in the world when you can have fun between the gates. It really helped me to come to Levi a bit earlier as the conditions for training where great.”
Not only she claimed her 4th slalom win, the 24th success of her amazing career, on the “Levi Black”, which is known as one of the toughest slalom slopes on the ladies’ circuit (as it combines a rather flat top section with a very steep second one). In Finland, Tina Maze became also the proud owner of a baby reindeer she named Viktor.
*Quotes from FIS SKI
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[VIDEO] Our athletes are "HAPPY"
In order to celebrate their amazing season, athletes from Rossignol, Dynastar and Lange Team are dancing on the famous song "Happy"! Check out this funny video!
Höfl-Riesch, 2nd of the overall
Heroe(s) in this news Maria HOEFL-RIESCH
For the second year in a row, Maria Höfl-Riesch has finished second of the overall World Cup standing with 9 podiums including 3 victories. Unfortunately, the racer from Lange Team was not able to defend her chances to be first during the finals in Lenzerheide, following a big crash in downhill. Despite everything, the German racer has won the small crystal globe in Downhill, ended 3rd in Super Combined and 5th in Slalom and Super G. In Sochi, Maria Höfl-Riesch has taken two Olympics medals, one in gold in Super Combined, one in silver in Super G.