Yesterday, Saturday November 24th, took place the ladies giant slalom in Aspen, CO and the Canadian men’s downhill in Lake Louise.
Regarding the American giant slalom, the weather conditions and visibility were good, but the snow was totally artificial, so very dry.
The first run had a very smooth track, which was well suited to the difficult slopes of Aspen, while the second one, I think, was too technical and perhaps more suited to a slope easier or to last season’s ski.
Tina Maze still imposes herself on the opponents, underlining that she is in very good shape, that she has fully adapted to the new material and she has overall cup as her goal this season.
She was the author of two spectacular runs, precise and clean, which allow an abysmal gap from the others.
Reconfirmes to be in a very good shape also Kathrin Zettel, who signed the third time in the first run, to a second and six cents from Slovenian, and also thanks tothe exit of compatriot Anna Fenninger, who at the end of the first round was second to twelve cents , wins second place at ninety cents from the Maze.
After going out in Soelden, a second and fifty cents from the first, the German Viktoria Rebensburg is third, giving us to see two good runs, but with some trimming in the final of both.
Fourth a reborn Lara Gut who gave us a splendid race, especially in the second run, worthy of her abilities.
Too bad for the fifth Irene Curtoni, fourth at the end of the first run, who was competing in an excellent second run that could take her on the podium, before incurring a mistake that has cost her at least two positions.
Too bad for Denise Karbon too, seventh at the end of the first round, who slipped and went out at the entrance of the small road at the beginning of the run
Really bad races for both Federica Brignone and Lisa Agerer that couldn’t even qualify for the second run and for Manuela Moelgg that went out during the course of the first run.
Instead, the two sisters, Nadia and Sabrina Fanchini, classified as a sixteenth and twenty-second, showing both aggression and tenacity, especially in the second run.
To underline the excellent test young star and striped Mikaela Shiffrin that starting with the bib 42, culminating in the ninth, showing that she has class and talent not only among the rapid gates, but also in giant slalom.
Opaque instead the performance of her compatriot Lindsey Vonn, who concude twenty-first and at the end of the second round dropped herself to the ground from exhaustion. In an interview said that it didn’t recovered yet physically from the virus that caused her to be hospitalized a week ago and this is why she decided to skip the slalom which was held today, always in Aspen, CO, so that she can rest for the races in Lake Louise next week.
In Lake Louise instead, although there were good weather conditions, the light along the track was variable, favoring some athletes and not others.
Wins a spectacular Aksel Lund Svindal, with an impeccable race, clean, soft, thrilling, despite the track, with the passing of athletes, has marked a bit ‘, favoring the first numbers. Certainly we have to say that the lighting conditions during his descent have been optimal, allowing him to see and then to adapt well to the signs on the snow.
Second, sixty-four cents from the Norwegian, the Austrian Max Franz, who started with number three, on a track still immaculate, but made fast by the passage of the first two athletes, was the author of a great race, almost perfect in all areas.
Third, of equal merit, the Austrian Klaus Kroell and American Marco Sullivan. Great, of course, the proof of the Austrian, but that should be underlined the performance of the American, who started with the bib forty-two and was able to conquer a beautiful podium. The last time Sullivan was up on the podium was 17 January 2009 in the Swiss downhill in Wengen.
Fifth, starting with the bib thirty-two and author of a great race, is German Tobias Stechert, who conquers the first top 10 of his career.
Good performance of our Dominik Paris concluding eighth, showing excellent skills in slipping. Peter Fill concludes fourteenth, while Werner Heel signed the twentieth time. Twenty-seventh is Christof Innerhofer, who despite having little opportunity to work this summer because of back pain, still managed to score points.
Siegmanr Klotz and Matteo Marsaglia end instead respectively thirty-fourth and thirty-seventh.
Unfortunately falls Mattia Casse suffering a dislocated left shoulder, an injury that will cost him at least a one month stop.
These are the highlights of the first two interesting races of the weekend, which gave us so many emotions, soon followed by the comments of the two races that took place today, just as exciting, the women’s slalom and men’s super g.