Another weekend of races is gone and, as always, gave us a lot of emotions.
Saturday took place in St. Anton the ladies’ downhill and in Adelboden the men’s giant slalom.
The start of the downhill because of too much snow to remove, abundant in the days preceding race, causing the cancellation of one of the tests, and the strong wind at the top was lowered up to the super g’s one.
The snow with the girls found themselves having to do was very different from that of the only training disputed. The fund was in fact particularly rough because of the passage of the tracks of snowmobiles that have gone on to break the layer of snow below making it to come out in some places.
Gets her first in the World Cup victory the American Alice McKennis, whose best result was seventh in Schladming, gained 14 March 2013. Startes with the bib four, found a good bottom and was able to make the best, playing to perfection all the characteristics of the track.
Started with the number twenty-two, and with a fund already ruined, comes second by just seven hundreds Dada Merighetti, attacking until the end, with some little trimming, which brings out the character of this gutsy athlete.
Third, at sixteen hundreds, is the home athlete Anna Fenniger, author of a perfect race, except for a blemish on the landing of the icefall.
Again in the World Cup Lindsey Vonn is sixth by thirty-four seconds. Has not yet returned to the top because during the last month she skied just few days, but in any case the American team proves to have many strings to its bow, and it will not be easy to decide for technicians who will be the quartet for the World Championship.
As for the other Italian, Francesca Marsaglia and Elena Fanchini conclude seventeenth tied, Verena Stuffer twenty-third,Elena Curtoni twenty-ninth and Lisa Agerer thirtieth. Out of the thirty are Nadia Fanchini, thirtysecond, Camilla Borsotti, thirty-fifth, and Enrica Cipriani, forty-third.
Swiss organizers have done an impeccable job, because, despite the heavy snowfall, not only course, but the whole track was in perfect condition.
After the first run was ahead Marcel Hirscher, who was first at the end of the first run attacking and with few imperfections due to the aggressiveness of skiing. Even in the second run showed a superior skiing really, but a slip mid-wall, he practically forced to stop and start again, so as to conclude the sixteenth.
Thus winns his fifth giant Ted Ligety, a cut above all, but not today above Hirscher. The American, yes, had a good race, but perhaps especially in the second run, a little held in order to be sure to arrive.
Second, by a second and fifteen, the German Fritz Dopfer, wonderful in the middle part of the second run, earning his first podium of the season.
For the first time on the podium in giant, a second and twenty-four behind Ligety, Felix Neureuther who had already showed significant improvements in giant, where he shows a skiing very fast and responsive.
At the foot of the podium a great Manfred Moelgg, author of a wonderful second round in which he has the second partial time. Max Blardone out unfortunately during the second round in which he was skiing with the aggressiveness that characterizes him. Tenth instead Davide Simoncelli, not very fluid in the first round, shooting with a good second run. Eighteenth instead Florian Eisath, running for a place in the quartet that will go to the World Championship in Schladming. Not conclude the first round instead Roberto Nani, Luca De Aliprandini and newcomer Giulio Bosca.
Giulio Bosca, born in 1990, made his debut in the European Cup January 31st, 2008, and now his best finish is a fifteenth place in super combined in Sella Nevea February 23rd, 2012. The FIS was on the podium eleven times, three of which are on the top step.
I can’t way to tell you more about the emotion that this amazing sport keeps giving us.