World Cup leader Tina Maze paced the 1st GS run in Courchevel.
Courchevel – France. For the first time of the FIS Ski World Cup history the Ladies got to race in a GS here in Courchevel as last year’s GS was cancelled. 29 year old Tina Maze confirmed she is the one to beat this season, by dominating the 1st run of today’s GS. Will she be the first athlete since Denise Carbon in 2007/08 to win 4 GS in succession during the same season? Tessa Worley still looking for her first ever win on home snow placed 2nd, 0.63 seconds behind. Austria’s Kathrin Zettel keeps her momentum, being second in the GS overall standing, ending only 0.69 behind Maze.
Lindsey Vonn, who recently admitted, after crashing out of Val d’Isère DH, she had lost some self-confidence and was running out of energy. She even stated that competing in technical events wasn’t a “realistic goal for the moment”, was unfortunately right and skied out in today’s GS! She tweeted after the 1st run: “Hit a rock on my left ski in the GS and skied off course … going to think hard over the next few days about my plan for the coming weeks and how to get strong again. Trying to stay positive.”
“I’m enjoying skiing so much at the moment. It is really satisfying when you give your best and it works out like that. Second run will be touch, can’t wait to go”, said Tina Maze.
As for the weather conditions today, it started snowing late in the night but in small quantities, which wasn’t too hard for the snowcats and slip crews to handle. Snow even stopped before the inspection. Unfortunately bad weather settled again in the Courchevel valley an hour before the 1st run. The snow stopped before the race but the fog stayed giving the racers a hard time to see all the bumps and marks of the ski slope. Snow is falling again now… let’s see what is going to happen in the thrilling second run!