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8TH PODIUM FOR TINA MAZE IN ARE
Heroe(s) in this news Tina MAZE
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.
TINA MAZE WINS IN A 3RD DIFFERENT DISICPLINE
Heroe(s) in this news Tina MAZE
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.”
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.
SKIING DEMONSTRATION BY LARA GUT
Heroe(s) in this news 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.
SECOND VICTORY FOR TINA MAZE
Heroe(s) in this news Tina MAZE
After her win in Levi, Tina Maze triumphed in first downhill held in Lake Louise on Friday. Slovenian champion picked up her 4th career downhill World Cup victory and signed her best result in Lake Louise.
From success in Levi slalom to the win in Lake Louise downhill, from technical to speed event: Tina Maze proves once again her fabulous polyvalence. Already the fastest in the second training run on the Canadian slope – she skipped the third and final training- the Slovenian carried her pace into the first downhill race of the week-end. The downhill Olympic champion left Anna Fenninger 0.45 second behind, while Tina Weirather rounded out the podium, 0.51 seconds out. In Lake Louise, Tina Maze picked up her 4th career downhill World Cup victory - her best result in the Canadian resort. “I think the course is great,” she commented. “I figured out how to ski already in the first two days, that's why I didn't take part in the final training run. I was pretty much nervous today about how it would go, but it went ok so it's perfect.”
Celebrating her 25th career victory, Tina Maze explained: “The approach is the most important thing when you come from slalom to downhill. It is really hard to find this patience that you need in downhill, so that was the hardest part.” And to conclude: “I feel great, great, great. I am very excited about my skiing now and will try to enjoy the season.” This seems to augur another tremendous winter for Tina Maze…
Three others Lange athletes entered the top 10 of this downhill : Laurenne Ross 4th, Cornelia Hütter 5th and Viktoria Rebensburg 10th.
A PODIUM LIKE A REBORN FOR "FEDE"
Heroe(s) in this news Federica BRIGNONE
edffdfjwo years after her last WC podium, Federica Brignone took the 3rd place of the GS in Aspen. On the slope where she got her first career podium in 2009, the Italian felt to live a new start
It is for sure one of the hardest GS slope on the women world cup circuit. It is also the one Federica Brignone likes particularly. Here, in Aspen, the young Italian earned her first career podium (3rd in GS) five years ago. Five other podiums followed for her on the World Cup circuit, always in giant slalom, but no one since March 2012. After a very encouraging 5th place at the opening of the season in Sölden, Federica Brignone finally reached the podium again on Saturday … in Aspen! “It’s so good to be back, after two seasons disrupted by injury”, said “Fede”, overwhelmed with joy after the race. “I haven’t realized yet, but I really wanted this podium so I attacked hard in the second run. That was a real fight, not easy at all. I did some mistakes also because of this will to attack.”
Federica Brignone said that she felt more excited than in 2009, for her first career podium on this slope. “This podium means a lot, it feels like a reborn for me. This performance gives me a lot of confidence. Right now I enjoy this beautiful moment, thinking to my brother David. Then I will keep working hard because the season is long and I still have to improve.”
Later, on her Facebook page, Federica Brignone wrote: “I have no words! I thank you all for your nice messages, for your support. Thanks to all who believed and keep believing in me. Thanks to my team, to my skiman, to every person who made this magical moment possible.”
Four other Lange athlete reached the top 10 of Aspen giant slalom: 4. Tina Maze 7. Viktoria Rebensburg 9. Nina Loeseth 10. Manuela Mölgg