Fifth Ladies' Event of the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the fourth Gold medal for Austria. Marlies Schild won the Ladies Slalom, the best female Slalom skier of the last years is now the World Champion. Although the 29-year-old has won eight medals – five World Championship and three Olympic – the victory in Garmisch is the first gold of her long career. "It’s an amazing feeling. I already can’t believe it", Schild said. "It was difficult. Everyone wanted me to stay on the top after this race and it was hard for me not to think about it because I wanted it, too. It was a really difficult race for me. My heart was beating at the start of the second run like it never did, but now I’m really happy".
The Austrian won in ahead of her team-mate Kathrin Zettel. "It was so hard a time, from summer to the winter, every time I had pain and problems. It’s not what I wanted it to be", said Zettel, who has missed several races this season – including a chance to defend her 2009 title in the World Champs Super-combined race a few days ago, to nurse a sore right hip. "I wanted to be faster and make more podiums, so I can’t believe that I made this podium here. I still have pain but I’m quite strong in my head. Mentally, it worked a lot today. I’m so happy about the medal".
Bronze went to Sweden's Maria Pietilae-Holmner. The 24-year-old has become a Slalom specialist this season, although her only other medal was silver in Giant Slalom four years ago in Are. She narrowly missed a medal in the Olympic Slalom Race, finishing fourth last February and only podiumed on the World Cup once (Levi Slalom 2008) before she won her first World Cup race this season – the Slalom in Aspen. She won the Munich City Parallel Slalom Event on January. She is currently on the 4th place of the Slalom World Cup. "It’s absolutely the best season. I am really happy about the medal", Pietilae-Holmner said. "It wasn’t the easiest conditions. I just had one focus, to really keep up my tempo and go really hard. I think that paid off".
The 2011 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is coming to the end tomorrow with the Men’s Slalom Event.
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 -208 ladies and 317 men- 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.
33 FIS World Championships medals will be awarded as the competition schedule includes five Ladies' and five Men's events as well as the co-ed nations' team event.