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Riesch, it's serious!
Maria Höfl-Riesch has signed her 27th career victory, the 11th in downhill. She is actually leading the overall World Cup standings and the downhill ranking with three victories this season.
"It was not an easy race. I knew I had to attack a lot and push to the limit. That's what I did. There were some difficult turns where some girls had big problems. But for me it went fine and that's a big day. I am strong on this course. But mistakes can happen anytime to anyone. I always try to perform the best I can and when no mistake happen like today, it feels good but that is for sure not that easy to do." (Quote: Fis Alpine). Lara Gut is just off the podium in 4th position.
Höfl-Riesch, 2nd of the Super G in Cortina
Heroe(s) in this news Maria HOEFL-RIESCH
Maria Höfl-Riesch has known today her first success in Super G this season. There are four races this week in Cortina, two Super G and two Downhill.
“It's my first super-G podium of the season and that's great satisfaction. So far it hasn't worked fine for me in super-G. I was fast in some sections but always made big mistakes. Today I finally managed not to make any big mistake and I am really happy about this race. The season has been going well for me, not perfect but really good. Even in giant slalom, I got two fifth places. The consistency has been missing a little bit. With the Olympics getting closer, I hope I will have enough of this consistency and mental strength entering the races there.”
First World Cup win for Gagnon, Höfl-Riesch 3rd
Marie-Michele Gagnon claimed her first career World Cup win during the Super Combined in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee. It is the first ever podium in super combined and the first victory for Canada in a combined race for 30 years. The 24-year-old from Lac-Etchemin counts now two podiums in World Cup after her third place in Are two years ago. She sits first in super combined, third in slalom, ninth in super-G and 16th in giant slalom.
“This is quite an ecstatic feeling. I’m still shaking. The first podium was really cool but a win is a win – no one else beat you. It’s incredible. It’s really special I was very surprised to win because in the super-G I did okay but I wasn’t actually that pleased. There was one place where I turned too much and got air so in the second run I knew I had to stick to my plan and do a good slalom run without any mistakes.”
The racer from Lange Team has shown very good performances since the beginning of the season but she was not on the podium. Sitting 16th after the super-G, she has done a nice run in Slalom and ended first ahead of Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser and Germany’s Maria Höfl-Riesch who leads the overall standings.
Höfl-Riesch confirms in downhill
Heroe(s) in this news Maria HOEFL-RIESCH
Maria Höfl-Riesch has finished third of the downhill in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee ahead of two Austrian’s racers Elisabeth Goergl and Anna Fenninger. It’s her third podium this season in downhill after her two victories in Lake Louise. The racer from Lange Team is still leading the downhill standings with 325 points but she has lost the first place of the overall. She is now second behind Anna Fenninger for only 6 points.
“Even if I lost the lead in the overall today, it stays tight and I don't really worry about it now. There are so many races still to come. The aim is to stay focused and do my best in the next race and only at the end of the season we will see who gets the globe” (Quote : Fis Alpine)
But be careful to Maria tomorrow in the Super Combined! She is one of the biggest favorites.
Slalom, Lienz: Höfl-Riesch 3rd, Gagnon just off the podium
Höfl-Riesch, overall World Cup leader
It was the second slalom podium for Maria Höfl-Riesch after her second place in Levi. The German racer ended third of the race in Lienz, won by the huge Marlies Schild (35 victories in Slalom). Step by step, the member of Lange Team increases in power and shows one more time her polyvalence after winning the two downhill in Lake Louise. Maria Höfl-Riesch signs her 76th career podium and takes the lead of the overall World Cup.
Marie-Michele Gagnon continues to impress race after race. Today, in Lienz, she ends just off the podium in 4th position, her best season performance. Since the beginning of the season, the Canadian racer has already realized 6 Top 10 in three different disciplines. The podium is not so far!