Maze on top of the timesheets again!
Semmering, Austria - A clear and relatively cold night allowed the snow to get harder and thus the racers to enjoy a perfect ski slope for today’s slalom, the fourth of the season. So far, each of the previous three slaloms was won by a different skier (Höfl-Riesch in Levi, Kathrin Zettel in Aspen and Shiffrin in Are), making it the most open discipline. It was hence hard to predict which name would top the timesheets today.
World cup leader Tina Maze seemed to be willing to add her name to the list and put together an amazing 1st run, recording a time of 47.22 seconds, more than half a second faster than Slovakia’s Veronika Velez Zuzulova (+0.55). Local Kathrin Zettel finished 3rd, 0.86 seconds the leader.
29-year-old Slovenian was smiling after crossing the finish line, but holding her right arm at the same time. She confessed it was hurting but that nothing was twisted. “I just hit a gate with the inside of my right forearm where there is no protection. It won’t stop me in the second run!”
Veronika Velez Zuzulova, who recently declared her life had been so nice since she got married in April 2012, will give her best in the second run to get her maiden World Cup victory after finishing 2nd 6 times in her career.
Kathrin Zettel who isn’t far behind won’t let them win easily. So far this season in slalom races, she has either DNFed or won. It’s as simple as that! So let’s see!
Second run start at 18:00 CET