Vote for your favorite Rookie of the Year
At the 2010 FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany in mid-March the World Cup athletes voted for their favorite Run of the Year and here is their pick:
Carlo Janka (SUI)
...The second question the athletes voted on was ROOKIE OF THE YEAR and here are the candidates:
Federica BRIGNONE (ITA)
Last season, Brignone celebrated her first major success winning gold in combined at the Garmisch-Partenkirchen FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships which qualified her for the Italian ski team. She scored her first World Cup points at Soelden in October 2009 finishing 21st in giant slalom. The 19-year-old shooting star on the giant slalom tour claimed her first podium in Aspen, Colorado with a 3rd place in her only fifth World Cup race. She was a strong 4th at Are (SWE) and Lienz (AUT).
Christina GEIGER (GER)
German World Cup skier Christina Geiger won the World Junior Ski Championships by more than a second. Her best World Cup results in 2010 were two eighth place finishes in slalom.
Alice MCKENNIS (USA)
After the first-year U.S. Ski Team skier's 10th-place finish in Lake Louise - only the third World Cup race of her career - the reigning "Speed Queen," Vonn, praised her tremendous work ethic, saying "It's pretty incredible to watch her improve. She's got a lot of talent, and she's working hard." In the final downhill event before the Games, McKennis lifted her skiing up another notch, finishing ninth in St. Moritz, Switzerland. To compare, McKennis earned two top-10's in her first dozen World Cup starts.
Axel BAECK (SWE)
In his second World Cup race, the slalom in Levi, November 15, 2009, Axel Baeck of Sweden was in 28th position after the first run and posted the third best time in the second run to finish 15th, winning his first World Cup points. Two days later, he took second place in the indoor slalom in Wittenburg in the European Cup, standing on the podium for the first time. With a further three second places he ended up 2nd in the EC-slalom overall standings. On 21 December 2009 he achieved his best World Cup result in the slalom on the Gran Risa in Alta Badia, where he finished again with the third best run time in the second leg of the race to end up tenth. Baeck also took part in the slalom at the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, but did went out in the second run.
Leif Kristian HAUGEN (NOR)
At the 2006 Junior World Alpine Skiing Championships in Mont-Sainte-Anne, the Norwegian placed seventh twice. He made his World Cup debut in October 2009 in Sölden, and collected his first World Cup points with a 26th place. A 19th place in Beaver Creek, a 25th place in Val d'Isere and a 16th place in Alta Badia all in December 2009 and all in giant slalom, followed.
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