Tuesday, February 14, 2017

France Wins Team Event in St. Moritz 2017


France earned its first medal at the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships today when the team of Tessa Worley, Mathieu Faivre, Alexis Pinturault, Julien Lizeroux, Nastasia Noens and Adeline Baud Mugnier earned the gold medal at the Nations Team Event in St. Moritz.
France edged surprise finalist Slovakia in the last round. The silver medal was the first-ever for Slovakia in a Nations Team Event and while it was a surprise to many, the Slovakian team was very strong and included Veronika Velez Zuzlova, Adam Zampa, Adreas Zampa, Tereza Jancova, Matej Falat and Petra Vlhova.
"I feel like we won the gold today" said Velez Zuzulova after the race. "We have never won a medal, and I personally have never won a World Championship medal so I’m really happy with how we as a team did today and that we get to stand on the podium".
Earning the bronze medal was Sweden, who faced-off against the host Swiss in the small final. The Swiss were looking for their seventh medal of these championships, but were cleanly swept by the Swedes, who are traditionally strong in the Nations Team Event. Today’s bronze was the country’s fifth medal in the event. They now have two silver medals and three bronze.
Every round produced at least one upset. In the first round, Slovakia set the tone, ousting Germany. In the second round, it was Sweden’s turn to provide the upset as they sent the Austrian team packing. Norway also fell to France in the second round, while the Slovaks continued to cruise, topping Italy.
In the semi-finals, Slovakia edged Switzerland in a tight duel, while the French edged the Swedes to make the finals.
"It was a challenge the whole day", said France’s Tessa Worley. "We had to fight against Sweden in the semi-finals and also the final was pretty close. We didn’t know this morning what our chances were, so to take away the gold medal is great. We are all very happy".
Today’s medals were the first for all three nations at this year’s World Championship, bringing the total number of nations to earn a medal so far to 10.

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