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Alpine Skiing: First season victories for Pinturault and Hirscher, three podiums for Maze!
After being rescheduled from Sunday to Saturday evening due to the heavy snowfalls and forecast in Val d’Isère (FRA), the men’s slalom on 8th December proved to be an amazing race. In front of an excited home crowd, Alexis Pinturault from France won his first slalom World Cup race, and that on home snow. Germany’s Felix Neureuther finished half a second behind the Frenchman, closely followed by last year’s overall FIS World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher.
In the giant slalom the day after, Hirscher scored his first season victory. “In a way this win lifted some weight off my shoulders and it has been a great weekend altogether”, he stated after the race. The surprise of the day, however, was Stefan Luitz. The 1992 born German skied an outstanding second run and moved from 25th into second position, clinching the first podium of his young career. Ted Ligety (USA), clear winner of both previous giant slalom’s this season landed in third.
On the ladies’ side, Slovenia’s Tina Maze delivered a great show by claiming three podium spots in three races. In the super combined on 7th December, she took her first victory of the weekend ahead of Austrians Nicole Hosp and Kathrin Zettel.
Lindsey Vonn, who had skied out in the super combined, showcased her exceptional talent in the super-G event the following day, by out-battling Tina Maze and teammate Julia Mancuso.
Nevertheless, the weekend could not have been better for Tina Maze. On Sunday, she won the giant slalom in front of Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) and Tessa Worley (FRA), making it her third podium in a row in St. Moritz. “Don’t stop me now, coz I’m having a good time”, she happily sang after the race.
Maze’s victories not only brought her two Louis Vuitton handbags, but also solidified her World Cup lead. She now counts 677 points in the overall ranking, the highest result she has ever achieved at this stage. She is followed by Maria Hoefl-Riesch (433) and Lindsey Vonn (414).
Whilst the men will continue their season in Val Gardena (ITA) with a super-G and downhill on 14th and 15th December, Val d’Isère will welcome the ladies tour for a downhill and super-G on the same dates, followed by a giant slalom in Courchevel (FRA).
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