Tina Maze awarded Skieur d’Or from AIJS

The MIlka Ski team for 2013 - 4
Every year, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup begins with the first race of the season in Sölden. Tonight, on the occasion of the World Cup opening, the six international athletes Tina Maze, Maria Höfl-Riesch, Michaela Kirchgasser, Tessa Worley, Sarka Strachova and Elena Curtoni … were presented with purple helmets to officially mark the start of the season. So the race for a place on the podium for season 2013/2014 is now open for the Milka Ski stars.

The bar is set high, since the previous season of the Alpine World Ski Champion- ships in Schladming was the most successful so far for the Milka Ski stars. Effort and good performances deserve to be rewarded, and so – for the first time – Milka donated 1€ to Österreichische Sporthilfe for each won World Cup point. In total, the Milka Ski stars gained a remarkable 4,814 World Cup points, which is the same amount that Milka donated to Österreichische Sporthilfe to help support young ath- letes. As an added incentive for the tenderest team in the Ski World Cup, Milka will continue this campaign in the coming season. Because Milka don’t just have part- nerships with top athletes but young talents take very high priority too.

“Skieur d’Or AIJS – Serge Lang Trophy 2013” presented by MILKA.

Tina Maze with the Milka Trophy from the AIJS - Photo Milka
Tina Maze with the Milka Trophy from the AIJS – Photo Milka

Following the Milka team presentation this year, the AIJS Ski Journalist Association (International Association of Ski Journalists) also presented the Skieur d’Or to the athlete with the most outstanding performance from the previous season. The ski journalists were in agreement: Tina Maze was very impressive.

For the 30-year old Slovenian, Tina Maze, last season was a record season and she definitely deserved the prize. She was victorious in the first race of the season, just a year ago, and was at the top of the overall World Cup standings – a position she managed to keep until the end of the season. With 2,414 World Cup points, she broke the record set by skiing legend Hermann Maier. Last season, she unbelieva- bly won 1st place 11 times, she took a place on the podium 24 times and she was in the top ten for a World Cup race 32 times. The World Cup was firmly in her hands.

At the World Ski Championships, Tina won 3 more medals: Gold in the Super-G and silver in the Super Combined and Giant Slalom.

The purple Dream Team

Milka looks back on a long and successful winter sport tradition, and, this year, the popular chocolate brand is the winter sports sponsor for the 18th time. Alongside the six Milka Ski stars, Milka is looking forward to the upcoming, and very exciting, World Cup, the highlights of which will definitely be the Olympic Winter Games in Sotschi from 7th-23rd February 2014.

The Slovenian Tina Maze is hoping to beat her season of records with another peak performance: With her first win in the Super-G in St. Anton, she positioned herself in the ranks of the few female skiers who have won World Cup races in all five disciplines during their career. After winning the Giant Slalom World Cup for Slovenia for the first time, she finally became a skiing icon for her native fans.

Her German colleague, Maria Höfl-Riesch, is one of the most successful athletes of today. Placing second in the overall World Cup, she won three medals at the World Championships (gold in the Super Combined and 2 bronze in the downhill and the team competition). Maria is hoping to be able to build on her previous year’s success in this important Olympic season, and she wants to return home with some Olympic medals, like she did in 2010 (Maria won Slalom and Super Combined at the Olympic Games in Vancouver).

The likeable Austrian, Michaela Kirchgasser, is reflecting on a very successful season at the World Championships in Schladming. She was part of the Austrian team who were the Team World Champions for the second time at the World Championships, and she won the silver medal in the Slalom. With these two medals at the “home”-World Championships in her native Austria, “Kirchi” fulfilled herself a big dream and she is very motivated for the new season.

Last season was also very successful for Tessa Worley from France. With multiple placings on the podium, she proved her strength in “her discipline” of Giant Slalom. Even at the World Championships, it was this discipline in which she excelled: She was world champion in Giant Slalom. She’s hoping for success in the Olympics and also hopes to score points in other disciplines throughout the season.

Sarka Strachova (formerly Zahrobska), the slalom specialist from the Czech Republic, made an incredible comeback last season after a break due to illness. At the Ski World Cup she achieved 8th place in the slalom. In addition, she was suc- cessful in gaining another top ten placing in this discipline.

The Italian Elena Curtoni is the youngest in the Milka team and was 13th in the Super Combined in Schladming. She also achieved 7th place in the Combined World Cup last season and took another six placings in the top ten. She also won the Ital- ian championship in Giant Slalom in 2013.

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