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Beaver Creek's Super G: 3 Lange's athletes in the Top 6
Lara Gut signs her third victory in three races and three different disciplines this season! It's her 12th World Cup career podium, her third victory in Super G. Despite two mistakes on the top of the slope, the racer from Lange Team was definitively too strong for her opponents today! "I wasn't sure what the right technique was going to be before the start. I was very aggressive in the top section and made two mistakes because of that. I understood then what was the best way to continue and I managed to be very clean on the line until the finish line. When you like the slope, everything feels easier. The snow was great and the course set was also fine. It is simply a lot of fun to ski the raptor. I've been working every day to ski faster, so hopefully it will go on!"
Nadia Fanchini, downhill silver medallist at 2013 World Championships has followed the track of her sister Elena - 3rd of the downhill - and takes the 5th place of Beaver Creek's Super G. Dominique Gisin comes back at the front of the stage with a 6th place, her best result in Super G since 2011.
Beaver Creek's downhill: 5 Lange's athletes in the Top 7
What a wonderful performance for LANGE this Friday in Beaver Creek with 5 athletes in the Top 7! After her first place in Sölden's giant slalom, Lara Gut (SUI) has dominated the downhill in Beaver Creek and signs her second victory in this discipline and her 11th World Cup podium. "Today the snow was a bit different, maybe like on the second day of training. I'm in good shape right now and really enjoyed fighting on this course. I tried to be as clean as possible on my skis and even if I didn't quite manage to do so today, I'm really happy it worked out well in the end."
With her bib 3, Elena Fanchini (ITA) has taken the third place and grabs her second World Cup podium eight years since her first victory in this discipline in Lake Louise. Silver medallist at the 2005 World Championships, she had known too many injuries these last years and she was very happy to climb onto the podium this Friday. "It's a very special day for me, I'm really happy about this third place on this very difficult course. After the training runs, I wasn't really expecting this. It's simply a great surprise that will give me some confidence. I more known as a glider and usually prefer to ski on faster and straighter courses. Today is then for sure exceptional."
The RS 140 LANGE skiboot has shown all its efficacity and its performance on American's snow when we read the rest of the results. Fabienne Suter (SUI) ends 4th, Fraenzi Aufdenblatten (SUI) is 6th whereas Maria Höefl-Riesch (GER) finishes 7th.
Two podiums for Lange!
The first slalom of the season has confirmed that the best racers of the world are present. Winner of the slalom World Cup in 2013, Mikaela Shiffrin has shown her good shape. She wins Levi's slalom in Finland ahead of two LANGE's athletes, Maria Hoefl-Riesch and Tina Maze.
After a disappointing race in Sölden, the two racers from Team Lange have controlled their two runs. Maria Hoefl-Riesch, 3rd after the first run, grabs finally the second and signs her 7th podium here since 2004 including three victories.
The Lange Icon 2014, Tina Maze, completes the podium: "Of course I always expect the best from myself, especially after the season I had last year. But I am also learning that it doesn't really matter what I did or what I will do, I am learning to live in the present so this third place gives me confidence that I am on the right track." According to custom, the winner Mikaela Shiffrin comes back home with a reindeer, animal that Tina Maze would have really like to bring back in Slovenia: "I already was making room for a reindeer back home, but unfortunately it was not my turn to win it!"
Canada's Marie-Michèle Gagnon, also from Team Lange, continued her strong start to the season with a fifth-place result: "I'm stoked - just super happy that this race brought me fifth place. It was a weird race - it was a bit of a free-for-all. I knew I wasn't far out after the first run. I skied just like I do in training - it was just like a normal run."
Now, it's time for the ladies to go in United States, especially in Beaver Creek for the first speed stages on the slope which will welcome the next World Championships in 2015.
TINA MAZE, LANGE ICON 2014
Heroe(s) in this news Tina MAZE
Following the launch of the Alpine Ski World Cup this Saturday on the Sölden glacier in Austria, LANGE has decided to reveal the name of the athlete who will represent the premium ski boot brand throughout the entire season. For the last nine years, LANGE has sought to honor the femininity of women skiers on the world circuit by giving them the opportunity, in a photo shoot, to express their personality and become an ICON.
Winner of the overall standings in the World Cup, as well as the crystal globe in Giant Slalom and Super G in 2013, with two amazing records to her credit: number of points (2,414 points) and number of podiums (24 podiums), TINA MAZE will be this winter's LANGE ICON. "This is truly a new experience and being chosen as the LANGE ICON rather than simply a LANGE GIRL means a great deal to me. I simply try to be myself, but if people see you as an ICON, then that's a really special message. I feel very honored."
After notching up 11 victories in 5 different disciplines last season, one World Champion title in Super G and two silver medals in Super Combined and Giant Slalom, TINA MAZE is like the LANGE RS 140 ski boot, a powerhouse of performance and technical qualities.
However, the talented, perfectionist and dedicated Slovenian skier readily admits that she's not quite the angel she appears to be in the photo: "I would like to be like that, but I don't lead a normal enough life. So it was nice to have the chance to become one for the space of a day! And I made an amazing discovery at the photo session: In English, if you switch the 'L' to the end of LANGE it becomes 'ANGEL'. In French, you just need to add an apostrophe to change it to 'L'ANGE'. This adds extra charm to the photo!"
After Julia Mancuso in 2007, Resi Stiegler in 2008, Maria Hoefl-Riesch in 2009, Manuela Moelgg in 2010, Dominique Gisin in 2011, Federica Brignone in 2012 and Lara Gut in 2013, LANGE is proud to accompany TINA MAZE this winter in her quest for new successes on the world stage and at the Sochi Olympic Games.
The victory for Lara Gut!
It was the first giant slalom of the season and the first victory for Lara Gut. After she has won the first run, the racer of the Team Lange has kept the lead and finished ahead of Austrian's Kathrin Zettel (+0.84) and Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg (+1.28). It's her first victory in this discipline and Lara Gut was very satisfied: "It's the first race of the season and there's already a win, it's amazing. I'm pretty happy to bring a giant slalom victory back to Switzerland. It's a really nice feeling."
Marie-Michele Gagnon, another member of the Team Lange, ends 10th. The Canadian racer was happy to finish in the Top 10: "Overall I'm really happy to start the season like that - attacking. Especially in the first run, I made quite a few mistakes but I was still charging. I'm really happy with 10th. I was super excited to race today. I loved the crowd, the ambiance. I was just really happy to stop training and start racing."