Throwback Thursday goes to… Val d’Isere

10 September 2013 13:23
Alexis Pinturault
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It’s Throwback Thursday and once again Fisalpine wants to help you relive the best  moments of last year’s races. Today we are going back to the venue which hosted the 2009 World Championships, beautiful Val d’Isere, France!

Don’t miss our Behind the Scenes highlights from the races:

How to prepare a World Cup slope after a heavy snowfall 

When: 8. – 9.12. 2012 and 14. – 15. 12. 2012

Where: Val d’Isere, FRA

What: Men’s slalom and giant slalom, ladies’ downhill and super G

Who Won:

 

 

Slalom Men

Giant Slalom Men

1stplace

PINTURAULT Alexis FRA

HIRSCHER Marcel AUT

2ndplace

NEUREUTHER Felix GER

LUITZ Stefan GER

3rdplace

HIRSCHER Marcel AUT

LIGETY Ted USA

Despite the crazy amounts of snow that fell in Val d’Isère before racing and after three schedule changes, the men’s slalom proved to be an amazing race. There’s no better story than that of a young, amazingly talented skier winning his first classic World Cup race in an event considered not to be his strongest in front of a home crowd. That’s the story of Alexis Pinturault. “I am pretty surprised. When I crossed the finish line in the second run and saw my advantage I could hardly believe it,” the young Frenchman said about his victory.

Pinturault’s victory 

The excitement continued as the best giant slalom skiers in the world made their way down the steep Face de Bellevarde slope. Marcel Hirscher won for the first time this season but the surprise of the day was Stefan Luitz! The 1992-born German skied an outstanding second run and moved from 25th into the second position, claiming his first World Cup podium.

Men’s giant slalom 

 

Downhill Ladies

Super G Ladies

1stplace

GUT Lara SUI

Cancelled due to bad weather

2ndplace

SMITH Leanne USA

3rdplace

KAMER Nadja SUI

The ladies were greeted by unstable weather for their speed week, but on race day the sky cleared up just before the start, allowing the first 15 bibs to benefit from good visibility. However, due to strong winds, the course was shortened by some 30 seconds. Swiss talent Lara Gut pulled off the win on the Oreiller-Killy “OK” slope, making it her 3rd World Cup victory and the 1st ever in downhill whilst US girl Leanne Smith scored her first podium finish. Lindsey Vonn crashed into the nets and for the first time since 2007 in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the American champion did not finish a downhill in the top 5. The super-G on Saturday unfortunately had to be cancelled due to heavy snowfall.

Downhill training 

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