Maria Riesch remains in the hunt for the Overall World Cup title after finishing 3rd in today's giant slalom ahead of the new Olympic Champion Viktoria Rebensburg. As her good friend Lindsey Vonn fell in her first run, slighlty injuring her knee, the German reduced the gap to 165 points with two more races to go.
Maria Riesch was pretty excited with her second podium finish in the specialty after Maribor. “It’s really cool to get another podium finish today after my win from yesterday, I wanted to do well again in giant slalom after trying hard for so many years,” the skier from Garmisch-Partenkirchen told the press.
“I feel pretty good in training but so far I had a hard time finding the best rhythm also on race days,” she also explained. “I was so happy with my performance at Maribor two months ago but I wanted to do it again. What a better place than to do it here in front of that great crowd the day my teammate also gets the Crystal Globe.”
The double Olympic champion has been the only skier this winter able to reach the podium in all disciplines. She is pretty proud about it. “My season has been awesome, I have done so well, now I just need to get that slalom title to be perfectly happy,” she added. “I’m sorry for Lindsey that she crashed again, I hope she is fine. It doesn’t change my plans for the next races. I’ll try to ski as well as I can and do my best to reach more podiums. There is still a big gap between Lindsey and me.”