Ragnhild Mowinckel claims her first Championships medal, winning giant slalom in Roccaraso

03 March 2012 13:27

Until today, Ragnhild Mowinckel had only won FIS Races and the National Championships. The 20-year old Norwegian couldn't believe what had happened right after the race, skiing faster than 97 other girls. With the first run of giant slalom taking place yesterday, Mowinckel was ranked 7th, and had only dreamed of reaching the podium. With strong athletes such as Sara Hector (SWE) and Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) in front of her, it was a tight race in fight for the gold medal this morning. Start time at 8am, it was a nervous field of girls kicking off the second run.

Last year at the Junior Championships in Crans Montana, Mowinckel didn't finish her run. Today everything went the way the young girl had dreamed of. Sweeping down the course, her time was too strong for all the other athletes. Closest was Sara Hector (SWE) who had the lead from yesterday. The Swede found it hard to compete over two days, but was highly satisfied with her performance. One athlete who wasn't pleased with her run yesterday, and wanted to change things today was Adeline Baud (FRA), who finished third. With 8th place yesterday, she literally flew down the hill. With the smallest margin of one houndreds of a second, she captured the bronze medal in front of Kristine Gjelsten Haugen (NOR). Simona Hoesl (GER) and Lisa-Maria Zeller (AUT) finished respectively fifth and sixth.

On yet another warm day, the conditions were better than yesterday, much thanked to great course preparation by the Local Organizing Committe. Having finished their technical events, the ladies are up for team event on Monday, followed by downhill and super G on Thursday and Friday next week.

QUOTES

Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR), gold:

“I really do not know what say right now. I was seven after the first run yesterday and I simply cannot believe I won the giant slalom! I was aiming for top 5, but thought top 10 would be good as well. Being on the top of the podium is seriously cool, I'm so happy!"

Sara Hector (SWE), silver:

“I really wanted to win today, but I'm happy with second place as well. For some reason I felt nervous before the start, as I find it hard to have one race going over two days. Despite that fact, silver is really good".

Adeline Baud (FRA), bronze: 

I was not pleased with my 8th position yesterday as I know I can ski better than that. I felt good before the race today, and things went smooth for me. It was really tight though, and I'm super happy that I managed to finish third and not fourth".