Saturday, March 12, 2016

Dominik Paris Wins Downhill in Kvitfjell

Italian Dominik Paris claimed his second win of the season after the downhill of Chamonix and comes back only 4 points behind the leading duo Svindal/Fill in the Cup Standings.
The surprise of the day came from Frenchman Valentin Giraud-Moine. The 22 years-young keeps breaking personal records and made a big step by taking his first World Cup podium ever. His best perforance so far was 12th in the Super-G in Jeongseon last February. Thanks to his solid run, he finished second only +0.20 behind Paris today and got his qualification for the Finals in St.Moritz.
"I feel really good", said Giraud-Moine. "It’s amazing to get this first World Cup podium. I had little mistakes, I had the feeling not to be in the race at 100% and not to be able to do what I wanted, but I kept calm and my skis were fast, I carried a lot of speed into the finish and that was it. I’m so happy to go to the finals and to have an extra race, it’s only bonus, I’m looking forward".
Steven Nymann also shines on this end of the season and earns his third season podium in a row in downhill. After a third place in Jeongseon and a second place in Chamonix, the American laid down a clean run and took the third spot on the podium, +0.24 off Paris' pace.
"I've been really nervous", said Nyman. "I've had that mental battle and I had to settle myself down and focus on the necessities. I know everything is working right, I know my body is right, I just have to perform. I had higher expectations [for this season]. I started out very slow, I'll have to really establish myself in the beginning. But I've had a really good end of season, so if I mix those together, hopefully I can make a push for the title".

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