Friday, November 30 the men’s downhill in Beaver Creek, CO and women’s downhill in Lake Louise took place.
While the weather did not give problems in Colorado, in Lake Louise the fog was coming and going, involving, in particular, the central section of the slope. This has caused a lot of start-stops to prevent some athletes find themselves on track with a prohibitive and dangerous visibility. Obviously this has underdog some of the athletes, skiing after a long stop, causing a concentration drop in those athletes. Striking was the case of Lara Gut, gone down after a long break and stopped after a few seconds, with the yellow flag, compromising her race.
The race is dominated by Lindsey Vonn, who triumphs with a second and seventy-three on the second. With this feature clears the difficult start to the season, culminating in the hospitalization, and stats again on the right foot by reminding everyone what he is capable and restoring the domain-Vonn. A joke about this was made some time ago by her best friend, Maria Riesch, who after a second place behind the American, on Facebook, said very happly to have gain another victory in the non-Lindsey League.
Second is the compatriot Stacey Cook, author of an excellent performance, especially in the beginning and in the final part of the slope, who gain her best result of her career and her first podium. Before this race, her best result was fourth place, always got in Lake Louise’s downhill, on December 1st, 2006.
Tied for third, detached from a single cent from Stacey Cook, arrive Tina Weirather and Maria Hoefl-Riesch.
The best of the Italians is Daniela Merighetti that after a great first half of the race, lose a little too much in the final part and get a second seventh and ninety cents by Lindsey Vonn. Nineteenth is Elena Fanchini, but in prohibitive visibility conditions, twenty-fourth and twenty-sixth, Francesca Marsaglia and Verena Stuffer.
Unable to gain points Camilla Borsotti, forty-first, Elena Curtoni, forty-fifth andEnrica Cipriani forty-eighth.
On the Birds of Pray in Beaver Creek, CO, one of the most beautiful in the World Cup circuit, triumphs a wonderful Christof Innerhofer, who started with bib number nine, gives us an exciting, stroke, supple and smooth race.
It was since December 4, 1997, when Kristian Ghedina won the downhill with twenty-two cents on Jean-Luc Cretier and twenty-four cents on Norwegian Lasse Kjus, that this race was won by an Italian.
Second by twenty-three cents Aksel Lund Svindal, who despite many inaccuracies, manages to gain speed and finish with a second place that allows him to bring home eighty points, valuable for the race to the World Cup.
Third, the other Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud that with a good start and a beautiful final section stops the clock to fifty cents from “Winnerhofer”.
Fourth the Austrian Florian Scheiber, who started with bib number forty-two, getting his best career result and pulling Domink Paris, author of a very good test, in fifth place.
Eighth is Peter Fill, who disputes a good race and twenty-second Siegmar Klotz.
Unable to have points Werner Heel and Matteo Marsaglia, thirty-eighth and forty-fourth respectively.
Among the audience is framed American Bode Miller, with his wife, with still injured knee. As many of the athletes, like many fans have surely noticed, showes a pair of thick mustache. The motivation behind this is an Australian idea, dating back to 1999, to raise awareness about prostatic cancer. For this men during the month of November, called “Movember” mixing mustache and November, let their mustache grow. Similar to this initiative is Pink for October, which serves to raise awareness about breast cancer, an initiative for which, during the whole month of October, both men and women, wear pink clothing or accessories.
This is comment on these two great races, full of emotions, soon followed by the comment to the races yesterday, December 1, super g downhill men and other women, and today’s races, men giant slalom and ladies super g.