Victory for Riesch at Tarvisio – Pärson wins the Combined-Crystal Globe

February 20th, 2009

Two victories for the HEAD champions at Tarvisio

Two head skiers excelled today in the last Super-combined event on the women's tour - Slalom World Champion Maria Riesch who captured that competition and the new Super-combined World Cup champion, Anja Paerson, who came in 5th.

Anja Paerson, who won the first Super-combined event at St Moritz last december, was satisfied to get her first Crystal globe for a long time. The skier from Tarnaby (Sweden) has not captured any World Cup standing since her last victory in the giant slalom standings back in 2006. She also clinched the Overall titles in 2004 and 2005.

"It has not been an easy day for me, I didn't ski as well as I was hoping this morning in the downhill in which I made a bad mistake on my way down" said the Scandinavian. Then I didn't dare to take all risks in the final part of the slalom run as I had to finish among the best-5 to be sure to clinch the Super-combined title and score more World Cup points."

"It's good to have won another World Cup title, my first one in that discipline, but I'll keep on fighting hard for the Overall title even though I know it will be tough now to challenge the leaders who have scored more points than me today."

"I know by experience that everything is still possible until the last days, the leaders can also have bad days, I'll not give up and I'm looking forward for a good race in tomorrow's downhill," added Paerson who shared victory with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin at Zauchensee last month.

Maria Riesch was delighted by her first season win in Super-combined and by her strong form. The Bavarian clocked the 2nd fastest time in the downhill leg prior crushing all her rivals in the slalom run.

"I'm happy to have finally won again a Super-combined this season," said Riesch, the defending discipline World Cup champion from last winter. "Unfortunately my mistake in the combined slalom at Zauchensee in January prevented me to have a chance to retain that title."

"My two runs were really good today, I was very excited to have skied so fast this morning in the downhill run and I felt very motivated for the slalom this afternoon," Riesch told the press.

"I could really go for it. After my great slalom win at Val d'Isère I surely feel very confident and I aim for a great end of the season now. There are still many races left until the Finals at Åre. I'll give my best in each of them but I don't believe having a real chance the threaten Lindsey in the Overall classification. She showed again today how strong and concentrated she still is and she will score tons of points in the coming speed races. I would certainly be pleased with an eventual 2nd place behind her," also explained the skier from Garmisch-Partenkirchen who also hopes to reach the podium in the next speed events this week-end.