Throwback Thursday goes to… Courchavel, Alta Badia and Madonna di Campiglio

10 September 2013 15:10
Tina Maze - Courchavel
Tina Maze - Courchavel -
FIS

It’s Throwback Thursday today we want to revisit some of the most exciting tech races this past winter… So this is how things went down last December.

When: 16. 12. 2012

Where: Courchavel (FRA)

What: Ladies’ giant slalom

Who Won:

 

Giant Slalom Ladies

1stplace

MAZE Tina SLO

2ndplace

ZETTEL Kathrin AUT

3rdplace

WORLEY Tessa FRA

Snow stopped falling before the start of the second run of the giant slalom – the first one in the high-end French resort, which has rapidly established its place among the leading Organizers of the ladies’ World Cup tour. The sky partly cleared up, allowing a fair battle for victory. Invincible Tina Maze didn’t give her rivals a chance and snatched her fourth giant slalom victory in succession, tying Denise Karbon’s record from season 2007/08. By winning her 5th race this season, she set another record, being the first Slovenian skier to win more than 4 races in one season – but as we know now, there was more in store! Kathrin Zettel finished 2nd and made it her 3rd second place in a row. 

 

When: 16. 12. 2012

Where: Alta Badia, ITA

What: Men’s giant slalom

Who Won:

 

Giant Slalom Men

1stplace

LIGETY Ted USA

2ndplace

HIRSCHER Marcel AUT

3rdplace

FANARA Thomas FRA

The most used word one could hear in the finish area was UFO – the Italian word for alien – and Ligety definitely seemed to be from a different planet in giant slalom. Back in 1979, ski legend Ingemar Stenmark won with the biggest margin in World Cup history, leaving Bojan Krizaj 4.06 seconds behind. When Ligety finished 2.40 seconds ahead in the first run, breaking that record seemed possible. However, he ended up winning by 2.04 seconds “only”.

Meanwhile Marcel Hirscher built on his previous successes, and after six technical races he had placed on the podium in all six – not a bad way to start the season for the Austrian.

 

When: 18. 12. 2012

Where: Madonna di Campiglio, ITA

What: Men’s slalom

Who Won:

 

Giant Slalom Men

1stplace

HIRSCHER Marcel AUT

2ndplace

NEUREUTHER Felix GER

3rdplace

YUASA Naoki JPN

 

The first men‘s World Cup event held in the classic venue of Madonna di Campiglio since 2005 took place in great conditions. Skiing with unrivaled vigor and rhythm, Marcel Hirscher landed his seventh podium in seven technical events held so far: four giant slaloms and three slaloms equaling the 21-year-old record held by the legendary Alberto Tomba. In third place, the surprise and story of the day: Naoki Yuasa of Japan, who moved from 26th place into third despite massive back pain caused by a herniated disc!