After the speed races due to bad weather were cancelled and team competition, won by Germany, followed by Sweden and Italy, yesterday with perfect, sun-kissed, snow he finals in Lenzerheide really started.
Extremely exciting was the women’s slalom, where the assignment of the specialty’s cup was still in the game. After the slalom in Ofterschwang Tina Maze had climbed over the young american Mikaela Shiffrin by seven points, so the games were still open.
After the first run the Slovenian started with the bib one, finding the perfect track, uncut, but with a slight grip, not the numbers immediately following founded, was in the lead with a second and seventeen hundred over the american, in fourth place.
In the second run Shiffrin, after skiing with a little circumspection on the steepest part began, giving vent to her talent, earning more than a second and a half on Holdener, at that moment ahead, in the last intermediate.
With this great run the Schladming’s World Champion managed to win the Slalom Cup, capping a season so spectacular.
Second by twenty hundreds, earned her first career podium Bernadette Schild, the younger sister, born in 1990, of the great Austrian champion Marlies Schild.
Third at the end of the first round, he gave us a wonderful second run, skiing with precision and aggression, with a style that reminds us very much of her sister’s.
Third by thirty-five hundreds, ended her race a very disappointed Tina Maze, who after a sensational first round, got lost a bit ‘in the second round, perhaps due to the pressure for the beautiful Shiffrin’s run or the desire to control the advantage gained during the first run, without the risk of straddle.
Irene Curtoni, the only Italian in the race, despite the severe back pain, went out during the first run for the opening of a ski.
The final classification Slalom Cup is this: Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 688 points, Tina Maze (SLO) 655 points and Veronica Zuzulova (SVK) 500 points.
Beautiful was also the men’s giant, even though the Cup was already mathematically won by the absolute ruler of this specialty, Ted Ligety.
Of two rounds with larger curves than those we have seen in the last giants in which he had tried to entrap the cowboy of Salt Lake City, the first that turned more, and the second fastest, won, winning his sixth win in eight giants, Ted Ligety.
Second by thirty-seven hundreds is the Austrian Marcel Hirscher, who after a first run skiing is not at his best, has been unleashed in the second brushing masterfully every turn, clocking the fastest partial time, sixty hundreds before the American and winning the seventeenth podium. This Austrian ace is in fact on the podium in all the technique races except for the giant Adelboden, where due to a mistake during the course of the second run finished in sixteenth place.
Third in a second and sixteen hundreds is Alexis Pinturault, wonderful in the first run, especially in the first gates on the steepest part, but a little ‘less fluid in the second run.
It’s a podium that reflects the values in the field, the same of Kranjska Gora and, not coincidentally, the same as the ranking of Giant Cup, won by Ted Ligety (USA) with 720 points, followed by Marcel Hischer (AUT) to 575 points and Alexis Pinturault (FRA) to 326 points.
The best of the Italians was Max Blardone, in his hundredth race, a second and eighty-eight hundreds from the American, tenth instead arrived Manfred Moelgg, that in training had crashed into the left thigh on the base of a pole. Davide Simoncelli finished twelfth, and thirteenth Florian Eisath, who made a sensational second run with the same time as Ted Ligety. Skipped a few gates from the finish line Christof Innerhofer.
As for the rankings of the speed specialities, the weather has immortalized the ranking before the finals.
The weather conditions offer a satisfaction for the injured Lindsey Vonn (USA), who won the Downhill Cup with 340 points, while second, by just one point, was ranked Tina Maze (SLO), third instead Maria Riesch (GER) at 272 points.
Won the Super G Cup Tina Maze (SLO) at 420 points, second Julia Mancuso (USA) at 365 points and 304 points at the third Anna Fenninger (AUT).
In men on the highest step of the podium is Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) at 480 points, followed by Matteo Marsaglia at 240 points and Matthias Mayer (AUT) at 228 points.
With the women’s giant and men’s slalom this season 2013 that has given us so many beautiful emotions ends and I am here to tell you about these two, definitely beautiful, closing races.