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Skiing - 06. March 2009.

Simard Achieves best 14th place in Ofterschwang GS

 

 Zettel claims fourth win of the season in the discipline

 

OFTERSCHWANG, GER Geneviève Simard (Val Morin, QC) concluded the regular World Cup GS season with a confidence-boosting 14th place result on the snowy and foggy Ofterschwang Horn piste. 

Simard Achieves best 14th place in Ofterschwang GS

 

Viewers will be able to watch this race on Saturday on CBC starting at 5 p.m. EST.

 

Skiing in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans, Simard qualified for the second run after recording the 30th best time of the morning.

 

“The conditions of the first course were deteriorating very fast so I knew I had to ski with a lot of touch and less aggressive, edging to qualify for the second run,” said Simard, the team veteran who made a comeback to racing this season after undergoing successful knee reconstruction last year.

 

“I got a bit nervous in the middle of the first course when I felt my legs become tired and less agile,” said Simard. “At that point, I started worrying about whether or not I would actually qualify for the second run. Fortunately, with a bit of luck, my time held up.”

 

The first racer out of the gate in the afternoon, Simard charged down a clean and rhythmical second course, recording the fastest run of the afternoon. This allowed her to leap to 14th overall with a time of two minutes 2:39.06 seconds.

 

“My second run felt so good,” admitted Simard whose previous best result this season was 15th achieved in Semmering, AUT last December. “This season, every time I’ve qualified for the second run, I’ve had very solid results. I knew I had another opportunity to give it my all today because I had a perfect course. I managed to take advantage of this chance by staying calm and focused,

 

“I’m happy to see that I still belong with the top group. This gives me a lot of positive confidence in preparation for next season,” she added.

 

Despite coming in fourth after the first run and clocking in the 7th fastest time of the afternoon, Kathrin Zettel of Austria took her fourth win of the season in giant slalom with a two-run time of 2:36.48. The giant slalom World Cup point leader was followed by teammate Elisabeth Goergl who clocked a cumulative time of 2:36.60. The podium was rounded out by Finland’s Tanja Poutiainen in 2:37.00.

 

Tina Maze of Slovenia, who set the pace in the first run with a comfortable 0.38 second lead ahead of Zettel encountered difficulties in the second run and had to settle for fourth with a time of 2:37.26.

 

Marie-Michèle Gagnon (Lac Etchemin, QC), who was sitting 27th after the completion of the first course was pushed back to 29th place overall despite the 13th best time of the second run. The World Cup rookie who finished ninth in giant slalom at the World Junior Championships held earlier this week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, GER.

 

Marie-Pier Préfontaine (Saint-Sauveur, QC) did not qualify for the second run, clocking the 49th fastest time of the morning.

 

Racing in Ofterschwang, GER resumes on Saturday with the ladies’ slalom. This will mark the last competition of the season prior to the World Cup Finals set to kick off on March 9 in Are, Sweden. Only the top 25 racers in each discipline are invited to the Finals.

 

Simard wrapped up the season ranked 28th in the discipline standings with 49 points. The second best Canadian in the giant slalom standings is Gagnon in 35th place with 31 points.

 

“Right up until this morning, I thought it would still be possible for me to qualify for the Finals,” said Simard. “I was very inspired by Jean-Philippe Roy’s amazing seventh place result in Kranjska Gora last weekend and this gave me the confidence to believe that I could still qualify.”

 

“Unfortunately, I came short of my goal by seven points,” said Simard, who is now shifting her focus on the Coupe Nor-Am Cup Finals to be held in Lake Placid, USA as well as the Pontiac GMC Canadian Championships to be held in Quebec city later this month.

 

Zettel is at the top of the giant slalom standings with 469, closely followed by Poutiainen with 428 points. The ultimate race of the season in Åre, SWE will determine who takes home the giant slalom globe.

 

Lindsey Vonn from the United States who finished eight today remains the overall World Cup leader with 1588 points. She has a comfortable lead ahead of Maria Riesch from Germany who finished 22nd on Friday and now has 1174 points in the standings.

 

OFTERSCHWANG, GER – MARCH 6, 2009 – GS – LADIES

Rank

Bib

Name

YOB

Nation

Run#1

Run#2

Total

1

 2

ZETTEL Kathrin 

1986 

AUT 

 1:19.56

 1:16.92

 2:36.48

 2

 4

GOERGL Elisabeth 

1981 

AUT 

 1:20.05

 1:16.55

 2:36.60

 3

 5

POUTIAINEN Tanja 

1980 

FIN 

 1:20.09

 1:16.91

 2:37.00

 4

 1

MAZE Tina 

1983 

SLO 

 1:19.18

 1:18.08

 2:37.26

 5

 6

KARBON Denise 

1980 

ITA 

 1:20.66

 1:17.10

 2:37.76

 6

 20

REBENSBURG Viktoria 

1989 

GER 

 1:20.86

 1:17.21

 2:38.07

 7

 3

MOELGG Manuela 

1983 

ITA 

 1:19.80

 1:18.46

 2:38.26

 8

 14

VONN Lindsey 

1984 

USA 

 1:21.07

 1:17.26

 2:38.33

 9

 7

HOELZL Kathrin 

1984 

GER 

 1:21.43

 1:16.95

 2:38.38

 10

 31

SUTER Fabienne 

1985 

SUI 

 1:21.63

 1:16.92

 2:38.55

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 14

 36

SIMARD Genevieve 

1980 

CAN 

 1:22.96

 1:16.10

 2:39.06

 29

 35

GAGNON Marie-Michele 

1989 

CAN 

 1:22.92

 1:17.14

 2:40.06

Did not qualify 1st run

 

 

 51

PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier 

1988 

CAN 

 

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