Golden day for Germany as Neureuther and Rebensburg win World Cups

Felix Neureuther used the pressure of being the second last one out of the start gate on the second run to post a time for first run leader Marcel Hirscher to attack in the slalom in Wengen. Neureuther, who has trained a number of times with gis friend Marcel Hirscher this season has now won three World Cup races and is becoming more consistent with this. Ivica Kostelic became the most successful racer of all time in terms of the most podiums in one resort in taking third place. Kostelic, who professes to being a student of skiing history, said that this made him really proud especially when it puts him ahead of the likes of Stenmark, Giradelli and Cuche. Hirscher who had lead after the first run did not feel that it was a win lost but that he was lucky to still be in second as Kostelic was almost back to his best.

With bib 43 being the highest qualifier for the second run, Dave Ryding made a good decision to miss Wengen and head to Kirschberg and the Europa Cup (read how Ryding did). Hirscher explained that the snow conditions had changed overnight as the temperature had risen and made the snow lose its aggressive nature and become a little more spring like and soggy.

In Cortina d’Ampezzo, Viktoria Rebensburg won her first World Cup Super G as more fresh snow fell through out the race. Austrian Nici Schmidhofer took second, a hundredth ahead of Tina Maze.  Lindsey Vonn finished 7th and said this after the race: ”It was a difficult race today with these conditions. It’s difficult to stay on the podium and 7th is also not so bad. When you’re a bit out of the line then you’re nearly one or two seconds behind. Sure it was possible to ski better but I’m satisfied with my 7th place and I got a lot of self confidence from this weekend and I’m ready for the speed races in Schladming.”

Chemmy Alcott placed 32nd.

Men’s results

Women’s result