Yesterday, December 8th, the ladies super g in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and the men slalom in Val d’Isere, France, took place.
The super g drawn by Tina Maze’s coach, who exploits well the morphology of the ground, and draws a super g very technical, almost like a big giant.
When it was thought that Tina Maze could not be beaten, with 21 cents a Lindsey Vonn, who earns at the start, held the lead, doing the same in the time of the Slovenian technical section, then earning another few tenths in final stretch.
Second, of course, for thirty-seven cents Tina Maze, who disputes a good race, perfect in all sections. The only detectable imperfection is the maximum speed made detect, 97.9 km / h, while the American’s one was of 106.7 km / h.
Third, with a great race, is Julia Mancuso who signs the best time in the middle sector, the most technical one.
Lara Gut out instead, starting perhaps with too much aggression and the desire to replicate the super g good test of the previous day. Shortly after the start she makes a small imperfection and then two doors after she slips away without the possibility of return.
Two very good races, also for the deli track, are made by the two giant specialists Viktoria Rebensburg and Tessa Worley, respectively sixth and seventh
Ninth is instead Elena Curtoni, not perfect at the start, but then she takes great curves where she gain a lot of speed.
Twentieth ranks instead Dada Merighetti, fast at the start, but then she loses a lot in the final part, while Lisa Agerer is the twenty-third, on the contrary slow in the first part, but then recovering in the middle and end sections.
Unable to gain points Enrica Cipriani, thirty-sixth, Nadia Fanchini, who, as we said yesterday, returns to confront with the speed right on the track where she got injured in 2010, thirty-eighth, Venena Stuffer, forty-second, Camilla Borsotti, forty-fourth, and Francesca Marsaglia, forty-fifth. Out, unfortunately, Elena Fanchini.
Due to the night snowfall in Val d’Isere, the slalom race was forced to be delayed, the first race was held at 14.00 and the second, under the spotlights, at 17.00.
Wins the race in front of his home crowd, a shocking Pinturault, quick and responsive, who shows excellent races in slalom too; in fact in Kranjska Gora he had already got third place on 11 March 2012 between the rapid gates.
Second is the German Felix Neureuther, that after a great first round, makes a very good second run, though, in my opinion, without giving a hundred percent, but withholding something to be sure to arrive.
Ranks third, always on the podium, so far, in the technical disciplines, Marcel Hirscher that after a great first run, in the second one makes a bad mistake from which is able to recover thanks to his feline talent.
After a bad first run, not at his level, can qualify fourth, with a particularly good second run, the holder of the specialty cup, Andre Myhrer.
Incredible was instead Jens Byggmark’s first run, where he loses a pole at the start, continues to ski wonderfully and ends thirteenth in the first run, then, with the second run, he retrieves other positions and is able to rank fifth.
Not good over all the Italian team. Stefano Gross, fourth after the first run, trips in the second pole, Cristian Deville, in both races, does not make big mistakes, but shows a skiing less fluid than usual, then he can not bring home a result worthy of his abilities and reaches seventh. Manfred Moelgg, after a first run a bit labored in which he appears very tired, redeems himself with a beautiful second race, allowing him to sign the eleventh time. Patrick Thaler twentieth instead, after a good start in the second race, he loses a bit ‘too much, and the twenty-first Giuliano Razzoli, a bit’ too high with the bust and unresponsive. Good is the race of Roberto Nani, who shows us a beautiful skiing and starting with the bib forty-one, ranks twenty-fourth and get cup points valuable to improve the starting order.
Duty then is to remember that forty years ago, on December 8th, 1972, won in his first race in the World Cup, going down with the bib number forty-one, of the champions that have made the history of the ski, Pierino Gros, in front of the Norwegian Erik Haker and the Italian Helmuth Schmalzl. The following week, in Madonna di Campiglio, December 17th, 1972, also won the slalom, starting with bib number forty-two. Winning those two races, Piero Gros, became the youngest skier, within men, to win a World Cup race, a record still unbeaten.
After those two wins, this great champion has risen other ten times on the top step of the podium in World Cup, six in giant slalom and four slalom. In addition to these victories, Gros then rose twenty-three other times on the podium.
He won the World overall Cup and Slalom Cup in the season 1973-1974 and in the 1974 World Championships in St. Moritz took home the bronze medal in the giant slalom.
He won the gold slalom olympic medal in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1976 and 1978, in the World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen he won the silver medal in the same disciplin.
He retired from competition in 1982, only twenty-eight years.
From 1985 to 1990 he was mayor of the town where, on October 30, 1954, he was born, Sauz d’Oulx (TO), then was involved in the organization of the Winter Olympics in Turin in 2006 as a volunteer coordinator and participated in the relay of Olympic flame.
The emotions in the White Circus never fail us and we will continue with a discussion of today’s events, the two giants of St. Moritz and Val d’Isere.