Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Day 3: Christof Innerhofer Won Gold on Men's Super-G

Despite nobody expected him to win, 26-year-old Christof Innerhofer took Gold on the Men's Super-G during the second day of racing at the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Before Today, the Italian’s best moment came after his huge World Cup victory in the Bormio Downhill in 2008, which he followed up this season with a 3rd place – his only podium on this year World Cup. The only other two podiums he’s notched in his World Cup career include third places in Super-combined in Sestriere and in the Are Super-G in 2009. In the 2009 World Championship Super-G in Val d’Isere, Innerhofer was 0.05 seconds away from a medal, finishing fourth. "The Race was great. I was in the middle and I said, ‘Hey Christof … Push! This race is every two years.’ I think only to put down the tops and risk all", Innerhofer said. "I’m so happy because I gave 100 percent not like the last races, 80 or 90 percent. It was really difficult, it was really bumpy, icy, some parts were good visibility, some was not good. The secret was to risk all … and on the difficult parts to ski with your head".
Innerhofer beat his nearest competitor – Austria’s Hannes Reichelt – by 0.60 seconds. Until today, Reichelt, a Super-G specialist, was not successful on the World Cup. But since he won in Hinterstoder, he was one of the favourites for the medals. "The slope here was more icy and bumpy, Hinterstoder was more nice to ski. Here it was a fight from the start to finish", Reichelt said. "I had so [many] problems. The guy who made so [few] mistakes, he won the race. But the medal today is great for me and great for the team".
Proving that his fireball season will roll right into the medals, World Cup leader Ivica Kostelic came through for the bronze Tuesday, finishing 0.72 seconds off of the winning pace. "I’m especially proud of that because super G is not really my thing, (...) I expect more experienced guys to be in front today because of these tough conditions. World champs are something else than World Cup. You don’t have to think about your position, your points or the overall. It’s just one race where you have to give your 100 percent and that’s what I did", Kostelic said. "One medal was my goal at world championships and I did it so I can be a little more relaxed now".
Tomorrow is training day. Ladies and Men can test the Downhill slope. In the training runs athletes will try to find their adjustment for the best material and the best line on the fast "Kandahar" slope.

From February 7th to February 20th 2011 Garmisch-Partenkirchen will again be center of the Ski World during the 41st FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the former twin cities "under the Zugspitze", is one of the most famous winter sport resorts of the whole alpine region. Olympic Winter Games in 1936, Arlberg Kandahar races since 1954, FIS Ski World Cups since 1970 , FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 1978 and FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in 2009 the list of events shows why Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also called the cradle of ski racing in Germany. 525 athletes from 69 nations, more than any from the last five world alpine ski championships, will be competing for medals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2011. The event also welcomes 1,170 media representatives, a record for a World Alpine Ski Championship.

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