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This time the talented German won the World Cup duel with Marcel Hirscher – Stelvio brings back luck to Manny Moelgg who is third on the slalom podium - Amazing second run of the Japanese Naoki Yuasa, fourth place ahead of Swedish Hargin
Everyone brings grist to their mill: Hannes Wallner, coach of the German team, created the Bormio slalom second run’s track and his jewel, Felix Neureuther, rewarded him with his fifth victory in World Cup slalom and another duel with his eternal rival Marcel Hirscher. At the end of the first run on the Stelvio the Austrian was faster than the German – who is the son of Christian Neureuther and Rosi Mittermaier, two amazing champions – with just 0.01. It looked like last year at the World Championships in Schladming, when Hirscher won the gold medal and Neureuther the silver one. Okay, Wallner created a quick and tailored track, but no one – apart from the amazing Japanese Naoki Yuasa – was as fast as him in the top and steeper part of the course. It’s a well-deserved success that once more emphasizes the qualities of one of the most amazing slalom racers. Read the rest of this entry »
The first run of the men’s slalom taking place in Bormio finished with the German and the Austrian with almost the same time – Second run tonight at 6.10pm
Just 0.01 separates the two talented and amazing slalom racers in the first run of the slalom in Bormio: the great Austrian Marcel Hirscher, the winner of the last two World Cups, and the elegant Felix Neureuther from Germany. Behind them two very fast Swedish racers: Mattias Hargin and Andre Myhrer, still fighting for the victory. Between them – with the fourth fastest time – another veteran, the Austrian Reinfried Herbst, the only one – apart from the magnificent seven – with a good time.
Frozen snow and a fast course that privileged giant slalomists as planned by Bernd Bruner, Ted Ligety’s coach; but also the American champion couldn’t do better than a fifteenth place.
Second run will be at 6.10 pm
First run will take place on Stelvio slope at 2.45 pm. This is the top 15 startlist :
1. MATT Mario
2. KOSTELIC Ivicar
3. HIRSCHER Marcel
4. HARGIN Mattias
5. NEUREUTHER Felix
6. MYHRER Andre
7. MOELGG Manfred
8. HERBST Reinfried
9. GROSS Stefano
10. LARSSON Markus
11. RAICH Benjamin
12. THALER Patrick
13. DOPFER Fritz
14. PINTURAULT Alexis
15. MISSILIER Steve
Second run will be at 6.10pm
Little stories of a very special slalom won by Mikaela Shiffrin, the amazing girl who is afraid of the dark only and is crazy for hot chocolate with cream – A star is back and shiny under the rain in Bormio, that of Nastasia Noens from Nice – Tomorrow World Cup men’s slalom at night
Mikaela Shiffrin is not the same age and hasn’t got the blond curls of Shirley Temple, who at seven was a child prodigy and won the Oscar. But that’s how we like to call the girl from Vail who won the Schladming World Championships’ gold medal at seventeen and two days after her eighteenth birthday won the World Cup slalom in Lenzerheide and made the eager Tina Maze cry for anger. Today, the Shirley Temple of snow let her long blond hair run down on her back and her skis run like no other champion in the world, no matter what snow conditions and course. The young American stars and stripes champion is scared of nothing but the dark (she recently confessed that) and therefore couldn’t be afraid of loosing the sixth race of her short career during the Bormio sec0nd run, after being the fastest in the first one. Read the rest of this entry »
Mikaela Shiffrin studied her idol on TV in 2005, when she won the slalom in Santa Caterina Valfurva
The stars and stripes anthem for Mikaela Shiffrin fills the Stelvio course’s parterre with enthusiasm while the American from Vail jumps on the podium with Maria Pitilae-Holmner and Nastasia Noens. And it suddenly stops raining and even snowing in Bormio! It looks like the weather too wants to celebrate the triumph of this amazing eighteen years old girl from Colorado. Tomorrow the weather conditions will be good and the men’s World Cup slalom on the Stelvio is going to regularly take place at 14.45pm (1st run) and 6.10pm (2nd run).
The three ladies of today’s slalom spoke during the press conference at the Bormio, via Roma press office. These are the official quotes of the three champions:
MIKAELA SHIFFRIN (Usa) – First place in Bormio
“It ‘s been a battle, but I was ready. I have improved a lot in the past three weeks and today I felt strong, but I think I can still improve during the rest of the season. The skis were so good today and I was ready to go fast. It was an exciting battle with Marlies Schild when in Lienz. The most important thing is to work the hardest possible and ski better and better. I am so happy with my results so far in this season. I had never skied in Bormio before but I remember when I watched my idol Janica Kostelic on TV in 2005. And last night too I watched a few of her performances on You Tube. It was important to race with such soft course conditions and very special weather, also taking Sochi into consideration. It’s important to be confident with all weather conditions, considering that the Olympics are my goal of the season.” Read the rest of this entry »
The superlative racer from Vail wins the slalom in Bormio. Behind her the Swedish Pietilae-Holmner and the surprising French Nastasia Noens. The Schladming 2013 World champion is on top of the slalom World Cup board.
Mikaela Shiffrin, the 18 years old from Vail, won her fourth World Cup slalom in this Olympic season and confirms she’s the current leader of this discipline.
The stars and stripes champion had already won this season’s first slalom in Levi and has now got her sixth victory, in addition to the four of the past season. Behind her on the Stelvio here in Bormio the Swedish Pietilae-Holmner and an astonishing Nastasia Noens from France, Matteo Marsaglia’s ex girlfriend who after a series of injuries is now back and shining just like three seasons ago.
1. SHIFFRIN Mikaela
2. PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria
3. HOLDENER Wendy
4. HANSDOTTER Frida
5. MAZE Tina
5. HOEFL-RIESCH Maria
7. SCHILD Bernadette
8. ZETTEL Kathrin
9. GEIGER Christina
10. WIKSTROEM Emelie
2nd run will start at 12.30pm
The World Cup Slalom in Bormio will take place tomorrow, under the snow, with the challenging race between the best slalom racer of all times and the young world champion – First run will be at 9.30 am, the second at 12.30pm – The men’s slalom will be on Twelfth Night.
di Claudio Pea
Bormio , January 4, 2014 – The Alpine Ski World Cup is at home in Bormio. It is right on the Stelvio. In fact, it has no longer moved away from here after the classic Valtellina DH at the end of the year that was dominated by the Norwegian Aksel Svindal that the Stelvio who is madly in love with Stelvio just like he once was with Julia Mancuso. Tomorrow, then, the final part of the course (where Christof Innerhofer raced so fast) will be the spot where the fourth slalom of the season will take place. Tomorrow it’s the Ladies turn and the day after, at night, the Men’s time with Marcel Hirscher running through the poles to get the Viking who is not that near in the World Cup anymore. Svindal is the leader with 195 points ahead of the racer from Salzburg and 301 of Ted Ligety. Read the rest of this entry »