Sunday, December 29, 2019

Alexis Pinturault Claims Bormio Alpine Combined



Alexis Pinturault (FRA) claims the first Alpine Combined of the season in great style, ahead of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) and Loic Meillard (SUI).
The French skier finished the very challenging Super-G in 12th position, 0.97s behind Kilde, who was leading after the Super G. Pinturault skied a very convincing and solid Slalom run to climb up 11 positions and take his 26th career victory.
The man who really impressed today was Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who only lost one position in the second run thanks to a nearly perfect slalom performance. The Norwegian finished second 0.51s behind Pinturault and now leads the Overall Ranking.
Loic Meillard was 8th after the Super G and was able to significantly improve his position in the slalom run to achieve his third World Cup podium.
A New Combined Format Debuts in Bormio. That means not reversing the top 30 finishers from the speed run in the afternoon’s run of slalom like what is done for second runs of traditional slalom and giant slalom.
"I think it’s a really big advantage for the downhillers because they just have to ski normally on the Super-G or downhill and then they will start in the first group in the slalom, that makes a really huge difference", Pinturault shared of the new format. "We didn’t see any slalom guys coming from the back who were able to come close to the podium today. It shows how hard it is for the slalom skiers when they are not coming close to a minimum around the top 10 after the super-G or the Downhill".

14th Consecutive Slalom World Cup Podium for Mikaela Shiffrin



Mikaela Shiffrin took home the Slalom on Schlossberg, after yesterday's Giant Slalom, achieving her 64th career World Cup success and the 14th successive Slalom podium, becoming the first-ever skier to conquer this milestone. This happened on the eighth anniversary of her first World Cup podium at the same venue. In 2011, she ended the weekend on the slalom podium for the first time in her career, alongside childhood heroes Marlies Schild and Tina Maze.
"Yesterday, it was like what I’ve been working for since Courchevel, since making the decision not to go to Val d’Isere, and trying to get a couple of days of rest and some really solid focus, high-intensity training", said Shiffrin. "It was all so I could come back in Lienz and be better. My entire career, since that race in Lienz, I have tried to be good enough, specifically in GS. It’s been a process and a bit of a love/hate relationship. So when I ski really good GS, it’s one of the greatest feelings ever. After Courchevel, I lost all of my confidence. It was a huge relief coming through the finish and knowing that the best skiing I could do was in fact good enough".
"Slalom has been a bit of a different story in my career", she continued. "It’s a lot more solid and stable. I was more just psyched today. When I can feel the good skiing I want to be doing, it’s always really really satisfying to come into the finish and see that it worked out".

It has been again a battle through Mikaela and Petra Vhlova who ended behind her by 0.61 seconds. In the first heat, they were only 26 cents apart, but in the second run, the American charged an incredible performance that not even Petra has been able to face.

The season of new faces is not over, luckily, and this has been Michele Gisin turn who took the podium for the first time in Slalom in third.

Katharina Liensberger finished fourth by a blink of an eye behind Gisin in fourth risking to take home the second top-3 results in less than 24 hours.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin Tops Giant Slalom Podium in Lienz



In the fourth Giant Slalom race of the season, Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) returns to the winners path in the discipline by taking her 63rd victory on the same track where she earned her first career podium in 2013.
Mikaela Shiffrin prevailed by 1.36 seconds over Italian Marta Bassino and by 1.82 seconds over Katharina Liensberger: "It's pretty hard to believe this right now", Shiffrin said. "I know that sounds strange, but it is. … It sounds a little bit stupid, actually, to say the last week was a tough time because I still have already an amazing season. One bad race, it's stupid, really. It's just ski racing. But I care".
Marta Bassino (ITA), who won Killington's Giant slalom last month, has been able to put 7 World Cup podiums under her belt with today's race and the Austrian Katharina Liensberger achieved her first ever Giant Slalom podium with an outstanding second run.

Dominik Paris Dominates the Stelvio Races in Bormio



Dominik Paris is unbeatable on the Stelvio. After winning the Downhill for the fourth time yesterday, he claims the double with the victory in today's Downhill. Paris pulls out another great run which seems much stronger than what his competitors can show.
"I’m not the Stelvio, I’m just the racer on the Stelvio", he insisted. "I like to ski down this hill, it’s really amazing. I had such a good feeling and a lot of confidence on this course and that I get another victory today, for me that’s a surprise because it was not easy after yesterday to do another run perfect and on the limit so I am very, very lucky today".
Bormio means a lot to the 30-year-old as many career highlights, including his first World Cup win, have come in the Italian town.
"This city gave me a lot, my first victory and a lot of victories now", he said. "I’m a little bit proud to have all these titles here in Bormio".
In the end, however, he clinches the win by only 0.08s on Urs Kryenbuehl (SUI), who does a perfect run starting with bib 25. It’s the first podium (and top 10) for the Swiss youngster. Kryenbuehl had achieved his career-best result just yesterday with a 13th place and significantly improved today.
Another well-known face, Beat Feuz (SUI), concluded third in today’s Downhill, 0.26s behind Paris, claiming his fourth podium out of four Downhill races this season. The Swiss is very satisfied with his speed weekend on such a demanding slope, also considering his recent hand injury.
This victory is even more meaningful for Dominik Paris, as he now leads both the overall and the downhill ranking.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Dominik Paris Takes Another Victory in Bormio



The Audi FIS Ski World Cup on the Stelvio delivered the same winner as in its last edition, with local hero Dominik Paris taking the win ahead of Beat Feuz and Matthias Mayer.
The Italian speed ace draws perfect trajectories and becomes the first skier in history to achieve four Downhill victories – three in a row - in Bormio.
"I don’t know if you can call me a record man but I’m feeling very great on this hill and on this course", Paris said after the race. "I tried to push today very hard and put me on my limits and, yeah, it paid off very well. I like the hill, I know the lines, and I know what I have to do on this hill".
"Today was a little bit icier", Paris said of the conditions. "They do a great job every year on this hill and it’s always very tough and hard, very icy and bumpy and that’s what I like and why I think it’s the real downhill. You have to push but you also have to be very smart on the hill to not go out of the line. That’s Bormio, that’s what I like, and that’s why maybe why I have a little bit of an advantage here".
Bormio has a well-earned reputation on the men’s circuit as being one the most challenging Downhill races in the world with racers facing a dark, fast, bumpy, and icy ride year after year.In fact, with 13 career Downhill wins, Paris is the winningest active downhiller on the men’s Tour, one win shy of tying the now-retired Norwegian legend Aksel Lund Svindal and Walchofer on the all-time list.
Runner up Beat Feuz (SUI) does his best to keep up with Paris and achieves his third podium in three races with a solid second place (+0.39) and therefore keeps leading the Downhill Ranking 36 points ahead of Paris.
Matthias Mayer (AUT) finishes third, just 0.03s behind Feuz. It’s the first Downhill podium of the season for the Austrian skier, after the 5th place in Lake Louise and a disappointing 31st place in Beaver Creek.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Bormio and Lienz Preview



Bormio (ITA)
December 27th Downhill / Men
December 28th Downhill / Men
December 29th Super-G / Men
December 29th Alpine Combined / Men



Lienz (AUT)
December 28th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 29th Slalom / Ladies

The Ski Racing Podcast By Ed Drake. S2. E9. Val Gardena and Alta Badia Review

Monday, December 23, 2019

Rasmus Windingstad Wins Alta Badia Parallel Giant Slalom





Rasmus Windingstad beat out Stefan Luitz in the big final to win the first World Cup race of his career. Windingstad led the Norwegians, who made up half the field heading into the quarter-final. But Germany’s Stefan Luitz and Austria’s Roland Leitinger were able to keep the rest of Windingstad’s teammates off of the podium by the end of the race, finishing second and third respectively.

 

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Henrik Kristoffersen Wins His First Giant Slalom of the Season at Alta Badia



After six years of Marcel Hirscher's supremacy, it was time for Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) to step up and win an amazing giant slalom race in Alta Badia. Thanks to a sensational second run on rough terrain, the Norwegian climbed up from the fifth position to secure his 20th World Cup victory, 0.31s ahead of Cyprien Sarazzin (FRA) and further 0.08s faster than Zan Kranjec (SLO). He's the first Norwegian ever to win on the Gran Risa.

It's the second podium in Alta Badia for Sarazzin, who had already won a Parallel Event in 2016 on the final section of the Gran Risa. The French man had finished the first run in the 22nd position and scored the fastest time in the second run, advancing 20 positions.

Zan Kranjec proved again his magical moment and incredible consistency (always top 4 in GS this season) with a third-place on one of the most iconic slopes of the World Cup Tour. The Slovenian is now sitting in the second position in the Giant Slalom ranking, 23 points behind Henrik Kristoffersen.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Vincent Kriechmayr Wins Super-G in Val Gardena/Gröden



After a complicated race characterised by a dense fog and many long interruptions, Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) was finally able to celebrate. The Austrian skier impressed everyone with a solid run, finishing just 0.05 s ahead of Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud and 0.22 of Thomas Dressen (GER).
The top 10 men of the day were incredibly packed in. Behind Dressen, most times differed by only hundredths of a second, meaning that Friday’s shortened super-G course was anybody’s ball game.
"The ride was very good, of course, I hope that the race will continue, but of course it has to stay fair", said Kreichmayr as he waited in the leader seat. "It would be unfair to let the rest of the athletes start in this fog, but I hope it continues. I think I got it well, the ground visibility was bad, but at least I didn’t have any fog".
Kjetil Jansrud, who has won the Val Gardena Super-G already twice in 2014 and 2016, just missed his 13th Super G victory, but was still happy to achieve his first podium of the season.
Thomas Dressen confirmed once again he is definitely back to fight with the top guys and claimed his second podium of the season after his terrific first place in the opening Downhill in Lake Louise (CAN).
In the ongoing battle for the overall and Super-G crystal globe, Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr now has the lead, overtaking France’s Alexis Pinturault and Austria’s Matthias Mayer. Kriechmayr has had a solid start to the season, having earned a podium in both the Beaver Creek Downhill and the Lake Louise Super-G.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Val Gardena / Alta Badia and Val d'Isère Preview



December 20th Super G / Men
December 21st Downhill / Men

Alta Badia (ITA)
December 22nd Giant Slalom / Men

December 23rd Parallel Giant Slalom / Men




Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 21st Downhill / Ladies
December 22nd Super G / Ladies
December 22nd Alpine Combined / Ladies

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Federica Brignone Wins World Cup Slalom in Courchevel



Federica Brignone gave it all out in the second run to finally secure her first World Cup victory of the season. She finished in a combined time of 2:12.59 to beat Mina Fuerst Holtmann by 0.04 seconds.
Wendy Holdener was third (+0.44) with Petra Vlhova and Viktoria Rebensburg tied in fourth by +0.48.

"I knew I could not even spare one turn in the second run,” Brignone said after the race. “I tried to come from the back because it was a little bit bumpier in the second run. I tried to arc every single turn".
Brignone’s winning margin of just 0.04 seconds makes the second podium in the last handful of days for the Italian that was decided by the blink of an eye. This time, however, she was on the winning side of it.
"It’s pretty nice to win!" she admitted. "As I said in St. Moritz if someone is faster than you, they are faster than you, one hundredth or 20 hundredths. When you’re skiing good, they come and they go the hundredths. The key is just to try, always. To make the difference today, we had to really push".It was Brignone's 11th career World Cup win and sixth in GS, but first in more than a year. In previous World Cup events, Brignone had twice second place in the Killington Giant and last weekend in Sankt Moritz in Super-G won by her teammate, Sofia Goggia. Thanks to the result of Courchevel, she rose momentarily to the first place in the Giant Slalom standing.

Mina Fuerst Holtmann (NOR) stepped on a World Cup podium for the first time, in her third year on the circuit. It's not a special day just for the Norwegian skier but also for Wendy Holdener (SUI) who trailed Brignone by 0.44 in third for her first career podium in the discipline.
Overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) failed to match the pace of the leading racers in both runs and finished 1.65 behind in 17th.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Petra Vlhova Wins Parallel Slalom in St. Moritz



Parallel slalom was debuted on the World Cup circuit 2 years ago in Courchevel. As last year, St.Moritz has been the stage of a perfect Parallel Show with another sun-bathed day and hyped crowd who cheered for all the athletes. Still, one, in particular, embrace the enthusiasm of the crowd: Petra Vlhova finally got the elusive parallel win topping Anna Swenn Larsonn in the big final.
Vlhova rallied from a slower start in the final to edge ahead of Anna Swenn Larsson by just 0.02 seconds at the line.
The Slovakian ski star achieved her 10th career World Cup wins and made another step in Slovakian history achieving a Parallel World Cup victory for the first time.
In the third-place race, Franziska Gritsch beat Meta Hrovat to take her first career podium finish.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Alexis Pinturault Wins World Cup Slalom in Val d'Isère



Alexis Pinturault dominated the field picking up the victory with a 1.44 second margin. It was his 25th career World Cup podium, but his first in slalom in nearly six years.
Second place went to Olympic champion Andre Myhrer (SWE), while Italian Stefano Gross rounded out the podium just 0.03 seconds behind Myhrer.
After a strong storm pounded Val d’Isere the last two days, today’s blue skies were a welcome sight for the races. Yesterday, there was some hope that the slalom could be staged after Herculean efforts by the Val d’Isere Organizers, but ultimately the strong winds forced the cancellation.
In the end, the long days and wait were well worth it for the French. Pinturault already gave the fans hope with his strong first run, coming out with bib one, taking a 0.59 lead into the second run.
The course set of the first run challenged many of the competitors, including slalom ace Henrik Kristoffersen, who eked into the second run in 26th place. Kristoffersen turned his fortunes in the second run, laying down the fastest time in the field and catapulting into fourth place.
Luke Winters (USA) and Ramon Zehnhaeusern (SUI) were in prime position to for a podium finish after the first run, but costly mistakes in the second run knocked them out of contention.
Today’s slalom was raced instead of the planned giant slalom, due to the course preparation needed after the hard storm. A replacement date for the missed giant slalom will be communicated in due course.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sofia Goggia Wins St. Moritz Super-G



Sofia Goggia returned to her winning ways with a Super-G victory at St. Moritz Today. Goggia was characteristically aggressive and risky, and the style paid off massively. She bested her teammate Federica Brignone by merely 0.01 seconds. Mikaela Shiffrin joined the Italian duo to complete the podium (+0.13 s.).
Despite the weather forecast, today's race has been held in perfect conditions, without wind and sun-drenched.
During this "Engadiner" perfect day, another dream came true for the Italian team that two weeks after the one-two Bassino-Brignone in Killington's Giant Slalom, they signed another great double win, with Sofia Goggia and Federica Brignone respectively first and second in St. Moritz's Super-G. By the smallest margin of one cent, Sofia Goggia claimed the victory for the first time this year. This is the 11th women's double win in the history of Italian Ski Federation and the 3rd one in Super-G.
Goggia attacked the slopes with her usual vigour, but she lost one of her sticks in the latter stages of her run that didn't stop her though, and she maintained the pace.
"That's crazy. It's a huge day. I've unlocked myself, and I took serious risks, as usual, but I wanted this result after Lake Louise. The stick? It could happen!".
Federica Brignone achieved her 32nd World Cup podium and the fifth in the discipline and what about the American star Mikaela Shiffrin who went for her sixth podium finish in eight World Cup races cementing her place at the top of the Overall standing.
In a tight race, the top 10 racers were all within one second of each other, and there was a three-way tie for sixth with Nina Ortlieb (AUT), Corinne Suter (SUI) and Kajsa Vickhoff Lie (NOR).



Wednesday, December 11, 2019

St. Moritz and Val d'Isère Preview



St. Moritz (SUI)
December 14th Super G/ Ladies
December 15th Parallel Slalom/ Ladies




Val d'Isere (FRA)
December 14th Giant Slalom / Men
December 15th Slalom / Men

Monday, December 9, 2019

Tommy Ford Wins Beaver Creek Giant Slalom



The race weekend in Beaver Creek concludes with American Tommy Ford winning his career-first World Cup on Sunday in front of a home crowd. The American skier clocked the best time in the first run and the second-best in the second run, finishing clearly ahead of the Norwegian pack composed of Henrik Kristoffersen (+0.80) and Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen (+1.23).
Tommy Ford will be wearing the red bib in Val d'Isère as he is now leading the Giant Slalom standing with 150 points, 30 more than French Mathieu Faivre, currently second.
"I am just sticking to what I know and did really trust my skiing. It's been a progression, I have been building into this in the last couple of weeks also in training and here we go."
Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) is back where he belongs, even in the Giant Slalom. The Norwegian delivered two consistent runs and climbed up one position from run 1 finishing second, a clear step forward from the opening in Soelden (AUT).
Nestvold-Haugen (NOR), second after run 1, was happy to celebrate his third individual World Cup podium with his third place in the American venue. The Norwegian had started the season with a 10th place in Soelden and proved his great condition even in Beaver Creek.

Viktoria Rebensburg Wins World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise



Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg showed the field that Giant Slalom maybe her specialty, but she is skiing fast in speed this year as well. She has now recorded her 18th World Cup success and the fourth one in the discipline, and she becomes the first German woman to win two straight SuperG race since Katja Seizinger captured 5 in a row in 1997.
The second and third steps of the podium are occupied by two athletes who conquer it for the first time in this discipline.
The biggest threat to Rebensburg win came from the back of the pack, the young Italian Nicol Delago, who skied into second from bib 31.
Behind Delago was Switzerland’s Corinne Suter, who followed up her Downhill podium with yet another podium in the Super-G.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Nicole Schmidhofer Wins Second Downhill at Lake Louise



Nicole Schmidhofer, the winner last year of the two Downhills in Lake Louise, returned today to the top of the podium.
The second Audi FIS Ski World Cup Downhill of the season for the Ladies went down today at Lake Louise and saw Nicole Schmidhofer claiming the win, followed by Mikaela Shiffrin (+0.13) and Francesca Marsaglia (+0.43).
After a 7th place yesterday, last year Downhill Globe winner Nicole Schmidhofer has been able to pull out a strong run again today and claimed the top spot of the podium.
"Nici" was joined on the podium by Mikaela Shiffrin in second who nearly grabbed her 63rd career world cup win. The American added another podium finish on the course where she won her first downhill race in 2017 and the first Super-G race in 2018.
Since the beginning of the season, there have been no races without surprises, and today is Francesca Marsaglia's turn. The Italian skier surprised herself a bit by skiing a clean run onto her career-first speed podium.

Beat Feuz Wins Beaver Creek Downhill



Due to strong wind in the top section, the Beaver Creek downhill start was lowered and cut out the top flat section, shortening the course by about 30 seconds. The shortened course saw Switzerland's Beat Feuz take his second Birds of Prey Downhill in a row.  Feuz beat Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) and Johan Clarey (FRA) both in joint second place 0.41 seconds behind.
With this victory, Beat Feuz has claimed his 30th downhill World Cup podium and achieved top-three finishes in 13 of the last 15 downhill races.
Johan Clarey, starting with bib 19, surprised everyone, even himself, and closed in the second position, matching his career-best, achieved in Kitzbühel last season and in Kvitjell in 2014.
Vincent Kriechmayr, who was sitting in the leader’s corner when Beat Feuz crossed the finish line, shared the second place with Clarey and achieved his best result of the season so far.
It has been a very close start to the speed season, with three out of four races resulting in joint positions on the podium.

Ester Ledecka Wins First World Cup Race in Lake Louise



After two top 10 finishes in training earlier this week, Ester Ledecka finally locked in her line to overcome snowy, bumpy course conditions and win her first-ever World Cup.
In 2018, the Czech snowboarder turned alpine ski racer surprised the field when she won super-G gold in PyeongChang. Since then she’s been trying to find the same speed in a World Cup race. Today in Lake Louise, she was finally successful, beating out Switzerland’s Corinne Suter by 0.35 seconds.After becoming the first athlete to win two Olympic gold medals in snowboard and alpine, now she also became the first one to win both a World Cup alpine and snowboard event.
"Going to wear the red bib it's freaky, and I hope to continue like that in the next races", says Ester "I've not decided yet if I'll race in St.Moritz or Cortina D'Ampezzo and I'll probably decide it the week before. This is what I usually do, and this drives my coaches crazy!"
Corinne Suter was already looking forward to her first World Cup victory, but she had to settle with a second-place which is the third career World Cup podium for the Swiss ski star.
The Austrian team cannot be missing on the podium, this time with Stephanie Venier (AUT). She finished third in front of her teammate Nina Ortlieb who ties fourth place with Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) conquering her career-best result.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Marco Odermatt Wins Beaver Creek Super-G



22-year-old Swiss talent Marco Odermatt claims Beaver Creek’s Super-G, scoring his first World Cup victory. Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (NOR) came second (+0.10) and Matthias Mayer (AUT) third (+0.14) for a very close finish. Odermatt skied well on the technical course, taking the right amount of risk without compromising the speed of his run.
It’s the first World Cup win for the young Swiss skier, whose best result in Super-G was last week’s 7th place in Lake Louise. His other two podiums were both achieved during last season, both in Giant Slalom.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde also showed a very strong performance and was leading in all the splits until he made a mistake in the final section, causing him to finish second.
Matthias Mayer continues his positive streak after winning the last Super-G race in Lake Louise and thanks to this third place, he continues leading the overall ranking with 221 points, 41 points ahead of Dominik Paris (ITA).

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Beaver Creek and Lake Louise Preview



Beaver Creek (USA)
December 6th Super G / Men
December 7th Downhill / Men
December 8th Giant Slalom / Men



Lake Louise (CAN)
December 6th Downhill / Ladies
December 7th Downhill / Ladies
December 8th Super G / Ladies

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Matthias Mayer Wins World Cup Super-G in Lake Louise



Perfect conditions in Lake Louise welcomed the ski racers for the first Super-G of the season. Matthias Mayer (AUT) showed great confidence and top-level skiing, securing his 6th World Cup victory, the third one in this discipline. Dominik Paris (ITA) finished second and Vincent Kriechmayr (AUT) and Mauro Caviezel (SUI) in joint third.
Matthias Mayer had finished four times second in the Canadian venue but had never managed to win in Lake Louise before today. Mayer celebrates the start of the season and returns to victory after more than a year.
"It’s always special to get a win in the first (Super G) race of the season. I think I made the difference in the second part of the course. I knew there were many strong guys down there, so I tried to push hard and give everything", said Mayer.

Dominik Paris confirmed his speed skills and good condition, taking like yesterday in the Downhill the second spot, 0.40 seconds behind the Austrian.
Caviezel and Kirechmayr also showed strong performances, cutting both the finish line only 0.09 seconds behind Paris. For the second time in two days, two athletes had to share the third spot of the podium.

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Slalom in Killington



Mikaela Shiffrin continues in the path of victory in slalom with a demonstrative victory in Killington (Vermont, USA). After leading the first run of the second slalom of the season, Shiffrin finishes ahead of Petra Vlhova (+ 2.29) and Anna Swenn Larsson (+ 2.73).
It's the 4th consecutive slalom victory for Shiffrin in Vermont. Mikaela equals Austrian legend Annemarie Moser-Pröll for second on the women's World Cup career list with a 62nd win. The record of 82 race wins is now held by Linsdey Vonn.
"The record's keep going, don't they?" Mikaela laughed. "It's different from what Ingemar was able to do, or what Annemarie was able to do - to me, with these amazing racers, their records will last forever. It's a different generation, with different events. But the records are also a symbol of the work that I do and the work that my team does...the way that we all work together - it's like a family, and we're just doing the best we can every day".
Conditions were really challenging. An icy slope, flat light, and a turny set made for a gritty slalom. Even athletes that ended the day on the podium, such as Sweden’s Anna Swenn Larsson, said that the course was not one that any of the women felt good on. Shiffrin called the surface bulletproof and intimidating, and Vlhova said she had not skied ice quite like that in years.
"Anywhere else, I might have gotten bumped off the course", said Shiffrin. "But the crowd here really carried me down the hill. It felt wild. Nobody likes to fall, but I really don’t like to fall. I felt really scrappy in the second run and was doing everything I could to keep my skis moving and make it down the course".

Thomas Dressen Wins First Downhill of the Season in Lake Louise



After exactly one year from his last World Cup race, Thomas Dressen (GER) secures his third World Cup victory in Lake Louise, ahead of Dominik Paris (ITA) and the Swiss pack composed of Carlo Janka and Beat Feuz, both in joint third.
It’s an incredible day for the German skier, who suffered a season-ending knee injury on 30th November 2018 in Beaver Creek and came back to competitions today in Lake Louise, topping the podium with a very solid and smooth run.
Thomas Dressen was really enthusiastic: "I have no words, I don’t know what to say. Finishing in the top 10 would have been already a great result, but winning on the day of my comeback is just unbelievable!".
"It’s been the small steps, you know?" he said of his recovery. "The first time really walking without crutches, then being able to go upstairs and downstairs without pain, which is still a little bit of a problem sometimes, then first time back on skis. I was struggling a little bit and to be honest, to be really sure that I could compete again in the World Cup and maybe be successful was just in the last few weeks".Runner-up Dominik Paris also made the most of the great conditions of the slope and the clear skies, concluding in second just 0.02 behind Dressen.
For Swiss Janka, the fastest in both training runs, it’s the first podium after more than two years. Janka (+0.26) shares the third spot on the podium with teammate Beat Feuz, the winner of last season’s Downhill Globe.
Beat Feuz was in the podium in 12 of the last 14 Downhill races.