Maze takes the victory in Ofterschwang and the lead in the SL standings!
Ofterschwang , Germany – After local favourite Maria Höfl-Riesch straddled in the first run, all eyes were focused on the battle for the Slalom crystal globe between Shiffrin and Maze. Entering today's race, Michaela Shiffrin was 33 points ahead of Tina Maze in the slalom standings. She left Ofterschwang in second position, 7 points down. 2nd of the first run, World Cup Champion Tina Maze gave it her all to win her second Slalom of the season in a combined time of 1:52.85. Leader of the first run Mikaela Shiffrin couldn’t keep up with her and finished 3rd, 0.75 seconds off the pace. Between the two contenders for the Slalom globe, new comer Wendy Holdener climbed onto her first career World Cup podium.
By winning today, Slovenia’s Tina Maze made her 22nd podium in all disciplines this season and equalled Hermann Maier’s (AUT) record from 1999/2000.
“It’s so easy to make a mistake in Slalom and hence so important to stay calm, reason why I don’t think too much about these records”, she admitted. “Slalom is the most difficult of the 5 disciplines in my opinion and if you race in all of them, you don’t get much time to train. I trained hard all this week to make sure I could compete with Mikaela and the other specialists.”
“Last year, I was the fastest of the 1st run and messed up the 2nd run. The surface was completely different from the one in the 1st run like it was today. You need to adapt to the conditions and I managed to do it today. I’m very proud of this achievement.”
“My battery isn’t fully charged anymore, but when the victory is there it gives you wings to carry on”, she concluded.
3rd on the timesheets of the first run, 19-year-old Wendy Holdener clocked the 3rd best time of the second run again to finally take 2nd place.
“I’ve had really good feelings on my skis for a while now and I knew I could get a good result soon. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good”, said a jubilant Swiss racer.
10 years after Sonja Nef, Wendy Holdener is the first Swiss ski racer to climb onto a slalom podium.
“My best result was a 9th place so far. I would have been happy with another top 10. I was so nervous before starting the 2nd run. I just let my skis go and charged down the slope. It’s impossible to find words to describe how I feel right now”, she finally confessed.
Mikaela Shiffrin ended close to her fourth slalom win of the World Cup season today and keeps a real chance to clinch the slalom globe at the finals next week in Lenzerheide.
“It’s not over until the fat lady sing”, she said. “I’m happy to be on the podium even though my goal was definitely to win this race. I didn’t do very well in the 2nd run, so now I’m going to watch my videos and figure out what I can do better next week. I’m really excited to go to Lenzerheide, I trained there a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed the hill a lot. It’s going to be a battle till the end. Anybody could win.”
The young American will be 18 next week when entering the last Slalom race. “My Dad is coming over. I’ll celebrate my birthday with my family and the good thing is that I’ll be able to drive a little bit. That’s fun”, she said laughing!
This promises us an incredible last week of World Cup racing in Lenzerheide. Don’t miss it…stay tuned!
Here are the full results of the day!