Denise Karbon ready for the season
If there were a single racer to maintain amicable relations with just about everyone on the World Cup circuit – over years and years of racing – it would be Italian veteran Denise Karbon.
The likeable 31-year-old has had more than her fair share of injuries the last two seasons. With less autumn training than she would have hoped for due to soft snow conditions in Europe, she kicked off last week in Soelden with a crash in the first run, but was just a hair off the lead time until she got snagged on a gate. She managed to ski away without serious injury.
After tearing ligaments seven years ago, the last two years have been riddled with more knee trouble for the giant slalom specialist. Two seasons ago, Karbon injured her right knee in Aspen and had minor surgery, missing several weeks of racing, then re-injured it in November last year, sidelining herself for several more weeks. By the time she raced in the world championships however, Karbon was back in form, barely missing a medal with a fourth-place giant slalom finish (her third fourth-place finish at a world championships … though she’s medaled twice, silver in St. Moritz 2003 and bronze in Are 2007).
Although she says that her knees “are not young anymore,” Karbon closed out last season with a second place in the Spindleruv Mlyn GS and is ready to hit the World Cup with new fervor this year. See what she had to say before the race last week in Soelden: Watch Video.
by Shauna Farnellfirstname.lastname@example.org