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Heroe(s) in this news Tina MAZE

Tina Maze keeps performing at the very top in every discipline. This Sunday she  finished third of the super-G in Val d'Isère, claiming already her 6th podium of the season!

What an amazing champion! Tina Maze is the only one who takes part to every single race of the World Cup circuit and she manages to be on the podium as well in technical and in speed disciplines. After podiums in GS and slalom in Åre (1st and 2nd), she took this Sunday the 3rd place of the super-G in Val d’Isère, behind Austrian Elisabeth Görgl and Anna Fenninger. This is already her 6th podium of the season and it reinforces her leadership of the World Cup. 

“It’s perfect, I’m really happy, it’s a great result. I felt a little low energy this week, it’s not easy to go from one discipline to another. So this week has been really tough on energy side. I must say today I had a tough day getting myself together to do this race, said Tina Maze. Too much emotions, holidays are coming, I feel really emotional today… I tried to do my best, but on the top I lost too much time. But the slope is really fun to ski.”

Double Olympic champion will now take two days off to the sea. “It’s a bit foggy in winter, but still I like the perfume, I need to change atmosphere and be with my family for Christmas. I’m gonna spend some time with my parents and my sister, I don’t see them often, so it’s sweet. I’ve already met Santa twice this winter: first in Levi, then in Åre. He gave me some presents. But I don’t ask anything else than being with my family, that’s a lot.”

This Sunday was another strong day for Lange athletes. Lara Gut and Nadia Fanchini were 4th and 5th. Dominique Gisin and Marie Jay Marchand-Arvier in a tied for 9th.

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FIRST DOWNHILL PODIUM FOR REBENSBURG

Heroe(s) in this news Viktoria REBENSBURG

FIRST DOWNHILL PODIUM FOR REBENSBURG

Lange athlete Viktoria Rebensburg claimed the 21st podium of her career by taking the second place of the downhill in Val d’Isère.

Fast since the beginning of the season, Viktoria Rebensburg confirmed today in Val d’Isère how good she feels on speed disciplines. With bib 27, she perfectly interpreted  the Oreiller-Killy slope and crossed the finish line only 0.19 behind winner Lindsey Vonn. With 1:44.66 she tied Elisabeth Görgl in second place and claimed the first downhill podium of her career that is now rich of 21 podiums. “It’s a perfect day for me, I think I will keep smiling till I go to bed. It’s unbelievable. There was a stop before I could start, I heard that Lotte crashed, but I thought: ok, you have to concentrate on your things, and it worked!”, said the German racer. Then she explained: “ I changed skis and boots this spring, and I had good feelings from the first turns with this material, in my new Lange Boots. Now it’s just great, just an amazing feeling. I will try to take it with me tomorrow for the super-G.”

Five Lange athlete finished in the top 10 of this downhill: Lara Gut 4th, Dominique Gisin & Fabienne Suter 5th and Tina Maze 7th.

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8TH PODIUM FOR TINA MAZE IN ARE

Heroe(s) in this news Tina MAZE

8TH PODIUM FOR TINA MAZE IN ARE

Tina Maze keeps going on her successful way this season. After her win in GS, she finished second of the slalom in Are. This is the 73rd podium of her career.

Tina Maze was sandwiched between the two Swedes, Maria Pietilae-Holmner and Frida Hansdotter, with a beautiful smile. Slovenia’s hero took the second place of the slalom in Are, one day after her victory in GS. It is her eight podium finish in Are, and already her fifth of the season (the second in slalom). Except her lackluster first race in Sölden, she has finished no worse than ninth so far. She now has 73 career podiums, good for 11th all-time among women. “It has been a great weekend, I’m really tired but we have done a great job. I did wish for some quicker legs in today’s second run so I could push a bit harder, like I did in the giant slalom but it didn’t really work out that way. I think I did a good, the Swedish girls were at home here and they went all in. The course was very nice, it flowed well and had a good rhythm and you could really enjoy skiing it,” Maze said.

Tina Maze strengthens her hold on the lead of the World Cup overall standings 560-303 over Anna Fenninger . Kathrin Zettel (15th in race) is third overall with 290pts.

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TINA MAZE WINS IN A 3RD DIFFERENT DISICPLINE

Heroe(s) in this news Tina MAZE

TINA MAZE WINS IN A 3RD DIFFERENT DISICPLINE

Only seventh of the first run, Tina Maze reacted as she has the secret in the second run to win the giant slalom in Âre. With already three victories this season, the Slovenian consolidates here first rank in the overall World Cup.

Giant slalom is her heart discipline. In Âre, Tina Maze took the opportunity to show us once again how much she likes it and how comfortable she feels when it’s GS time. Only 7th after the first run, the Olympic GS champion attacked the second run, determined to fight for the win. And, despite a mistake halfway down the course, she pushed even harder and realized a supersonic end of second run to win 0.20 seconds ahead of Sara Hector and Eva-Maria Brem (0.28 seconds back). This is already the third success of the season, in three different disciplines (after slalom in Levi and downhill in Lake Louise), for the Slovenian who is leading the World Cup Overall. “I am really surprised that I could put such a run together today, coming back from Canada only a few days ago,” confessed Maze to the FIS right after the race. “Today I was walking around fast asleep”, she even joked. “When you're jet-lagged, you make some mistakes and you have to take them. I was trying to ski down fast and I made it. Overall I am skiing great so I am really happy with today's race.”

In figures: 
2 This is the second time Tina Maze wins GS in Âre after her success in March 2009.

3 Tina Maze has already won three World Cup race this season:  a Slalom (Levi), a Downhill (Lake Louise)  and  this Giant Slalom in Âre

14 Tina Maze has won 14 World Cup Giant Slalom races and equal Anita Wachter and LiseMarie Morerod as third-most. Only Vreni Schneider (20) and Moser-Pröll (16) have won more.

26 Tina Maze has won 26 career World Cup races in total. She surpasses Maria Walliser and Michaela Dorfmeister and equals Michaela Figini in 12th place all-time for most WC wins by women.

72 With her  72nd podium in the World Cup, Tina Maze equalls Maria Walliser for 11th-most among women.

 

In Âre, Federica Brignone (rank 4) signed her third top 5 in three GS races, while Nadia Fanchini took the 5th place.

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SKIING DEMONSTRATION BY LARA GUT

Heroe(s) in this news Lara GUT

SKIING DEMONSTRATION BY LARA GUT

Lara Gut realized a nearly perfect run on Sunday to win the first super-G of the season in Lake Louise, ahead of Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze. Winner of super-G World Cup 2013/14, the swiss is determined to keep the red bib till the end of the winter for a second cristal globe.

“Keep calm and go skiing”. That’s the message Lara Gut posted on social networks after her disappointing first downhill in Lake Louise. On Saturday, the second downhill didn’t go the way she wanted either… but the Swiss kept calm and saved her energy, focusing on Sunday’ super-G. And it worked amazingly well as she produce a nearly perfect run, a real skiing demonstration, to win ahead of two giants, Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze. “I watched the mens super-G on Saturday and I took inspiration from them, from their attacking way of skiing. And today I tried to ski like they do”, she said.

This is the 11th career victory, the  19th career podium for Lara Gut. And the second time she wins the super-G in Lake Louise after 2013, while she doesn’t feel comfortable on this slope when it’s downhill time. “During a downhill, you have time to think, to understand what’s going on, while in super-G it’s all about instinct. When I’m in the starting gate of the super-G, I know exactly what I have to do, and I dash, skiing with my instinct, she explained. During a downhill, you feel when you do mistakes, if you are not skiing well. In super-G, like in giant, there is no time for all this. Having time to think gives you the opportunity to understand things about the slope, but on Lake Louise downhill, I still don’t understand these things… Not that I’m stupid but on this slope it’s more difficult.”

Winner of super-G World Cup 2013/14, Lara Gut said she’s now gonna do her best to keep the red bib of leader of the super-G World Cup till the end of the season, to claim a second cristal globe.

This super-G was a great success for Lange as four Lange athletes reached the top 5: Lara Gut 1st, Tina Maze 3rd,  Viktoria Rebensburg 4th and Cornelia Hütter 5th.

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