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HAT TRICK FOR JEAN-FREDERIC CHAPUIS!
The second stage of skicross World Cup in Tegernsee allowed Jean-Frédéric Chapuis to earn a third consecutive victory. The French racer won ahead of Filip Flisar and now leads the World Cup ski cross standings after topping the pile in Germany.
Two skicross raceswere rescheduled this weekend in Tegernsee. They both had the same winner: Jean-Frédéric Chapuis. After his success on Saturday, the skier from Val Thorens realized the double win on Sunday in the German resort. "I'm really happy to win here, I did not have plan for the final. My only goal was to go out of the starting gate ahead and keep that place. That's what happened so I am very happy to get on the top step of the podium!’, smiled the French, celebrating a third consecutive victory on the World Cup stage. He settles so firmly in the overall lead - especially as his main competitor for the globe, Victor Oehling Norberg, was defeated in quarters- and finally see the big crystal globe holds out his arm. "It's going well at the moment! But this is not an obession (the general ranking). If it wants to smile it is good, if not, not too bad. »
On women side, Alizee Baron took 5th place after her 2nd place on Saturday: "I am quite happy with the day, with the little strength I had left!, she said. For the overall ranking, this is good news for me. I will try to hold on to third place. I want to have two good races in Megève, and then we'll see what happens!”
REBENSBURG SECOND IN MARIBOR
Giant slalom Silver medalist last week in Vail 2015 World Championships, Viktoria Rebensburg kept her great shape onto World Cup stage to claim second place of today GS in Maribor, only 0.04 seconds behind winner Anna Fenninger.
After two weeks of intense racing at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, the ladies' World Cup is back in Europe to celebrate the 51st edition of the Golden Fox. The last time the athletes got to race in the Mariborsko Pohorje ski resort was two years ago, since the event had to be staged in Kranjska Gora in 2014 due to the lack of snow.
This Saturday, only Anna Fenninger managed to be faster than Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg to win giant slalom in Maribor. The Austrian beated the German only by 0.04 of a second! Viktoria Rebensburg was the runner-up at the World Championships already behind Fenninger and proved she was back to her very best in giant slalom, making her first World Cup podium this season in the discipline. “Being on the podium is for sure always nice,” said Rebensburg. “Four hundredths of a second, this isn't much and it hurt a little bit in the first place, but I am happy about this second place. I am skiing good in giant slalom again. I was struggling a bit at the start of the season. It is very positive for me to know I can be up there in giant slalom again. It gives me confidence for the rest of the season.”
Nadia Fanchini took a great 4th place on today giant slalom in Maribor. Federica Brignone and Irene Curtoni finished 8th and 9th.
CHAPUIS AND BARON AGAIN ON THE PODIUM
Saturday in the first of two ski cross races in Tegernsee (Germany ), Jean- Frederic Chapuis signed his second consecutive victory while Alizée Baron (2nd) celebrated her third podium of the season.
The ski cross World Cup has finally arrived in Tegernsee after a tense waiting period following a rescheduling of the event from the final week of January to this weekend. And the Germany resort suits France’s Jean-Frédéric Chapuis and Alizée Baron well: both went onto the podium.
Jean-Frédéric Chapuis scored his second win in a row after winning last weekend in Äre . This is his fourth podium of the winter. This result allows him to take the lead of overall ski cross World Cup ten points ahead of Oehling - Norberg . "This morning I was not top physically. But the more runs passed, the best it was going , said the Olympic champion to Ski Chrono. I do not focus on the overall. Today I was going for the win, not the ranking. »
On the women side, Fanny Smith won ahead of Alize Baron (FRA), who continues to impress in a breakout season that has seen her record three podiums (including her first victory last week in Åre), and a top-10 result in all eight ski cross World Cup competitions in 2014/15. Now sitting less than 100 points back of top-ranked Anna Holmlund (SWE) in third on the SX leader board, the young French racer is proving herself a podium in every event as we move into the final leg of the season. “ made all the places on the podium this season!. Each time, I have high expectations in qualifications and again I took a slap (6th Friday). But I'm really happy , especially with such a tense final. It was blow for blow.”
LANGE SUCCESSFUL IN VAIL 2015 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lange athletes made shine the famous ski boots brand at Vail/Beaver Creek Alpine World Championships. Thanks to Tina Maze, Viktoria Rebensburg and Lara Gut, Lange climbed 5 times on the podium to pick up 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal.
Since the opening race of the World Championships, on the 3rd of February, Lange celebrated its first medal with Tina Maze (SLO). Slovenia’s superstar, leader of the overall World Cup standing, claimed super-G silver medal. A beautiful start for the racer who aimed to write history with five medals in Vail/Beaver Creek. Three other Lange athletes enter the top 10 of this super-G: Cornelia Hütter (4th), Viktoria Rebensburg (5th) and Lara Gut (7th). The next day, Didier Défago took the 7th place on the men super-G.
On the next event, the women downhill, Tina Maze had a near flawless run the entire way down the Raptor course as she was green at every interval. She lost a bit of time at the bottom of the course creating as nail-biting finish as she edged Fenninger (AUT) by a mere 0.02 seconds. Tina Maze earned the gold medal -her third World Championship gold medal, but her first-ever in the downhill- while Lara Gut (SUI) rounded out the podium 0.34 off the pace to take the bronze. Also in the top 10: Nadja Jnglin-Kamer (7th), Fabienne Suter (9th) and Viktoria Rebensburg (10th).
Incredible Tina Maze realized one of her biggest goal on the 9th of February: she won the super-combined and claimed her first gold medal ever in championships in this discipline, confirming her title of “snow queen”. Lara Gut took the 5th place of this super-combined.
In giant slalom, Olympic champion in 2010 and bronze Olympic medalist in 2014, Viktoria Rebensburg added a new medal to her collection with the silver in Vail World Championships. Tina Maze, exhausted by such a busy program (she was the only one to race in every single competition) finished 5h. On the men giant slalom, America’s Tim Jitloff took the 9th place.
Finally, on the women slalom, Tina Maze was 8th and Marie-Michèle Gagnon 10th.
CHAPUIS BACK TO THE TOP!
The second World Cup race in Are (Sweden) allowed France’s Jean-Frédéric Chapuis to celebrate his first victory of the season.
Second at home in Val Thorens last month, vice-world champion in Kreischberg (Austria ) and again second Saturday for the first race in Sweden, Jean-Frédéric signed his first victory of the season this Sunday. The olympic champion beat in final the Swiss Alex Fiva, Germany’s Paul Eckert and another French, Terence Tchiknavorian. By winning this race in Are , Jean-Frédéric Chapuis approaches the overall lead in the World Cup , occupied by the Swedes Oehling Norberg,with only two races remaining .