Friday, November 29, 2013
Lara Gut Wins First Downhill of the Season in Beaver Creek
"Today the snow was a bit different, maybe like on the second day of training. I'm in good shape right now and really enjoyed fighting on this course. I tried to be as clean as possible on my skis and even if I didn't quite managed to do so today, I'm really happy it worked out well in the end. Tina might have made a couple of mistakes as well", she concluded laughing.
Among the favourites today after three great performances in training, Tina Weirather landed her 5th career World Cup podium.
"It is a very challenging course and taking too much risk can put yourself in a very critical situation", said the 24-year-old. "Finding the right balance between attacking and keeping the line is the key here".
"With all the injuries I had in the past, it is clearly important for me to have such a good start into the season. It gives me confidence and hopefully I'll be able to keep this momentum".
Elena Fanchini had to wait 8 year to finally climb onto the podium for the second time after wining a downhill at Lake Louise in 2005.
"It's a very special day for me, I'm really happy about this 3rd place on this very difficult course", conceded the Italian lady. "After the training runs, I wasn't really expecting this. It's simply a great surprise that will give me some confidence (...) I more known as a glider and usually prefer to ski on faster and straighter courses. Today is then for sure exceptional".