Goergl takes podium in the sun in Ofterschwang
Lizz Goergl used the changing snow conditions from previous races to her advantage as she took her third podium in Giant Slalom this season. Despite sharing third place with Italian Irene Curtoni behind Tina Maze and race winner Viktoria Rebensburg, Goergl was happy with the race result. This Giant Slalom was the much replaced race that was originally supposed to have taken place in Courchevel before Christmas and also rescheduled from Soldeu in Andorra last month.
Goergl placed third after the first run after having used her early start number to good effect, being just fourteen hundredths behind Rebensburg who had started immediately before her. “It was a little difficult before the first run in how it was going to be,” explained Goergl, “you only really know how it is going to be when you do your first turns. You have to ski smooth and proper. I did not have any mistakes on the first run and the second run was good and attacking so I am happy with the result,” she said after the race.
Lindsey Vonn added more points to her Overall with tenth place but said that she had not come for these types of results as she was still fighting for the Giant Slalom Globe. “I did not take enough risks on the first run and then took too many on the second,” explained Vonn. Vonn expected the second run to be a “slush fest” though did enjoy racing in these conditions despite not having made the best of results in this race! There was disappointment for Anna Fenninger and Maria Hoefl-Riesch who both crashed out on the first run. Fenninger was annoyed with herself as she was looking forward to racing this slope.
Goergl is still in with a shout for the Giant Slalom Globe and despite the discipline “being the hardest discipline, no one is so dominant,” she feels. Goergl is fourth now in the standings for the Globe. With the sun producing warm temperatures and playing havoc with the snow conditions, the course held up many of the racers felt. With three races left in the season, there is all to play for!
1. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER)
2. Tina Maze (SLO)
3= Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
3= Irene Curtoni (ITA)
10. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
23. Giulia Gianesini (ITA) HEAD
25 Anja Paerson (SWE) HEAD