Thursday, March 13, 2014

Alexis Pinturault Wins SG Final Event in Lenzerheide


Alexis Pinturault come down as the 26th and final skier to claim the day’s victory by a margin of 0.56 seconds over teammate Thomas Mermillod Blondin. American Bode Miller rounded out the podium just 0.01 seconds behind Mermillod Blondin. Austrian Matthias Mayer had a chance to make it two straight podiums in Lenzerheide, but Pinturault's last-minute heroics knocked Mayer into fourth place.
Pinturualt was an unlikely winner in today’s elite field at the season final for super-G. The young Frenchman, who is better known for his technical events, only had two previous podiums in the super-G, the last once coming as a second-place finish in 2012 in Schladming. The win also moved Pinturualt into third place in the overall World cup standings.
"When I saw my time at the finish line it was just amazing", said Pinturault. "I am really hopeful for the next season. I will work harder and hopefully continue in this direction. The goal in the future is to win the overall title, not to finish second or third".
Mermillod Blondin was also a big surprise to make the podium in Lenzerheide. It was his first-ever podium finish in super-G at the World Cup level and his highest-ever finish on the tour. Previously, he earned three third-place finishes in the super combination.
Miller followed up on his Olympic super-G bronze medal by finishing in the same position at today’s last race of the season. It was a solid ending for the speed events for the American, who is expected to race the full five races this week in Lenzerheide.

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