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FILSAR AND CHAPUIS IN GOLD AND SILVER !
After overcoming a series of illnesses and injuries over the past two seasons, Slovenia’s Filip Flisar found the great shape again and became on Sunday the new skicross World Champion. And despite a summer training phase disrupted by physical problems (knee pain), France’s Jean-Frédéric Chapuis didn’t missed the appointment for these World Championships. In Kreischberg , the French claimed the silver medal.
Filip Flisar had to fight from behind in every heat to claw his way to the big final. There, he faced two of the most dominant men in ski cross: 2013/14 crystal globe winner Victor Oehling Norberg (SWE) and Voss 2013 World Champion and Sochi 2014 Olympic Champion Jean Frederic Chapuis (FRA).
Out of the gate Oehling Norberg locked a fast start and moved smoothly into the lead, followed closely by Chapuis, with Flisar in third. Oehling Norberg had been untouchable up to the big final, and seemed to go for gold, but into the final corner Flisar made a quick outisde-inside move, dove under both the men in front and took the lead in the final few meters through the finish. “Finally I get everything together, man,” Flisar said to the FIS after the awards ceremony. “It was a long time. I was having hard times last season, but it seems that I still have the motivation and that I can still get it together and ski when I need it. That's what I did and I've got it (the gold medal) now.”
Behind him, Jean-Frédéric Chapuis was able to take advantage of the same opening on Oehling Norberg to move into second. World champion in 2013, Olympic champion in 2014, Jean-Frédéric Chapuis has now added silver from 2015 World Championships to his great achievements. But as a perfectionist, the skier from Val Thorens did not hide a hint of frustration: « I was going for the win, for the gold, but I’m second… I attacked and it smiled to Filip Flisar who was third”, said Jean-Frédéric Chapuis to Ski Chrono magazine. “I’m happy with my race considering all the physical troubles I had during this summer. I’m gonna do better next time…”
LARA GUT QUEEN OF ST MORITZ
Heroe(s) in this news Lara GUT
Thanks to curves that she has the secret, Lara Gut was crowned in front of home crowd in St Moritz, winning the downhill ahead of Anna Fenninger and Edit Miklos. The Swiss racer celebrated her first downhill win of the season and her 12th career victory.
- Lara, what’s your secret to gain so much time on the second part of this downhill?
I saw it during the training. It’s always a bit the problem, when we have this kind of track, when it turns a lot, we always search for more line, more meters. But the fact is that we just need to be the fastest down so I tried to tighten my turns and trim the curves. And today I really managed to be in the good pace since the first gate, I was always in the good timing.
- You claimed your first WC podium and your first victory in 2008 in St Moritz so everyone talks about your special relation to St Moritz. But in fact it has not been that easy for you to be on the podium again here…
When I arrived here, people used to tell me: it’s the perfect slop for you, as if it was easy to win here. But I haven’t find the way to the podium before today. I’m happy to be fast again in St Moritz and happy that we are three Swiss girls in the top 7.
- This is a good inspiration for Sunday super-G?
Today I had fun, I did what I wanted on the slope and I now that for tomorrow it’s exactly whay I need to do. I really have to tighten the turns and not think too much. We start again from zero and I’ll try to do my best!
DOMINIQUE GISIN SUFFERS FROM KNEE INJURY
Heroe(s) in this news Dominique GISIN
Victim of a terrible crash in the super -G in Cortina d'Ampezzo, on Monday, downhill Olympic champion Dominique Gisin could miss World Championships in Beaver Creek (from 2 to 15 February).
Feeling pain in the right knee after her violent crash in Cortina, Dominique Gisin was examined in Zurich on Monday night. The Swiss suffers “a fractured tibia head without moving” in her right knee. "Such an injury usually requests a recovery time of 6 to 8 weeks," communicated Swiss Ski, the Swiss Federation.
On Tuesday, Dominique Gisin has again passed exams with her medical adviser Lukas Weisskopf, who confirmed the first diagnosis. An operation is fortunately not necessary. Olympic champion downhill does not completely abandon the World Championships. "I'll see day to day. The most important for me right now is to recover as soon as possible, "she said.
Lange wishes Dominique Gisin a speedy recovery.
ELENA FANCHINI TRIUMPH AT HOME
After years troubled by injuries, Elena Fanchini finally celebrated in Cortina d'Ampezzo her second victory in a World Cup race. The Italian racer won ahead of Larisa Yurkiw and Viktoria Rebensburg.
Bad weather conditions forced organizations to shorten the downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo this morning (no Toffana jump). On a race of only a little more than one minute, the only chance to win is to set a perfect run, without mistake because there is no time to recover from it. Elena Fanchini had this strong in mind. For once, she set aside the fear of the poor visibility and angrily attacked the first turns, showing smoothness and accuracy in the central part, the decisive momentum to face the Rumerlo , the final part of the track . A masterpiece!
“Yesterday evening, I watch a video of one of Isolde Kostner victory here in Cortina. I wanted to see her secret to win her. And this brought me luck”, said Elena Fanchini. Sister of Nadia and Sabrina triumphed in front of home crowed and nearly ten years after her success in Lake Louise downhill (December 2005) she celebrated the second victory of a career plagued by injuries. “This victory is very important for me and my entire family. Today, Sabrina, Nadia and me we climbed together on the podium because after so much bad luck it’s so beautiful to achieve this. This is also a victory for my mother and my father, cause the suffered so much for us. But we’ve always believed in us and kept working hard, cause skiing is our passion”, smiled the 29-year-old.
Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg claimed another downhill podium by finishing third in Cortina. "I've tried to improve in super-G and downhill this last couple of years. But for sur I’m coming from GS so it stays also the goal to improve it. I want to race at the highest level in this three disciplines, I want to fight for the podium."
After 4th and 6th rank in Lake Louise, Laurenne Ross realized another convicing performance, taking the 4th place in Cortina.
75TH PODIUM FOR TINA MAZE
Heroe(s) in this news Tina MAZE
With the second place in Flachau slalom, Tina Maze added another podium to her incredible tally, equalling Anita Wachter with 75 top-3 finishes .
Each race is a new opportunity for Slovenia’s Tina Maze to write another line in skiing history. She is the only woman to take part to every race on the World Cup circuit. And she is able to climb on the podium in all disciplines, as well in speed (downhill, super-G) than in technic (GS, slalom)!
She proved it once again last night. With the second place in Flachau slalom, which is her career best result in Flachau, Tina Maze claimed the 75th podium of her incredible tally. So she equals Anita Wachter in 10th place among women with most World Cup podium finishes.
"I had a good feeling and I'm happy with what I achieved, as well as training, she said last night in Flachau. Also on the way we prepare for this race and what training we've done. Legs were great, but the head also so I was pretty confident about my slalom here. It was close, with the exception of Frida , who stood out . I could have done even better in the second run, but I was more restrained because I did not want to take the risk. I am pleased with how I performed this slalom, it’s a good outcome.”
Now Tina Maze switches again on opposite disciplines, with downhill and super-G in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
> Tina Maze has won three World Cup races this season, the Slalom in Levi, a Downhill in Lake Louise and the Giant Slalom in Åre. And she added 4 other top 3: 2nd Flachau slalom, 3rd in Val d’Isère super-G, 2nd Are slalom, 3rd Lake Louise super-G.
> Tina Maze has won 26 career World Cup races in total and needs one more victory to surpass Michaela Figini and equal Maria Höfl-Riesch in 11th place on the all-time list for most WC wins by women.