Hofl-riesch wins in russia – neureuther 14.

Hofl-riesch wins in russia - neureuther 14.

After a fantastic descent on the course of the 2014 winter games, maria hofl-riesch threw herself into the snow as the winner. The 27-year-old punched the air with her fists in joy. "When you cross the finish line in the downhill, lindsey vonn is already down and you’re leading – that’s something very special and that’s why i shouted it out," hofl-riesch said after her first downhill win since january 2011. And this on the track in krasnaya polyana, where in two years the olympic medals of the sochi games will be awarded. "That is definitely doubly good."

A few meters away, the american vonn was struggling with her own driving, despite her early win of the fifth small crystal ball in this discipline. But she could still be happy with her skiing friend from partenkirchen. "I did my best. But maria skied super and deserved the victory", the overall world cup leader.

Vonn’s lead with 1442 points ahead of tina maze (slovenia/994 points) and hofl-riesch (956) in the overall rankings is enormous. Things are much more exciting with the men. With his victory in the giant slalom in bansko, marcel hirscher (austria) closed the gap to ivica kostelic to 118 points. The croatian sat out in bulgaria after a meniscus operation.

After overcoming knee problems, felix neureuther, on the other hand, presented himself in good form in his first giant slalom since last october. When 14. In strong wind and difficult conditions, he achieved the second best result in this discipline. "The gates were almost on the ground and then it naturally becomes a bit more difficult," reported neureuther. Fritz dopfer was less happy with his performance. The two-time podium finisher fell back from 13th to 20th place in the second run and failed to finish in the top 15 in his showpiece discipline for only the second time this season. "It’s very disappointing, i expected more," said the austrian-born athlete, noting that there were "a few things we need to fix."

For hofl-riesch it was the eighth world cup victory in a downhill, the 22nd. Total. "After the training sessions i didn’t think this was possible. The more relieved and liberated you are, of course," emphasized the german alpine ace. For the eleventh time world cup points in the downhill were awarded to viktoria rebensburg, who finished in 20th place. Place drove. Veronique hronek and lena durr were not allowed out of the starting gate. Due to heavy fog the race was interrupted after start number 51 directly in front of hronek. After a seemingly endless wait, the departure was aborted, but the jury still scored the flight.

Victory in the combined event to be awarded in russia on sunday. Vonn leads after two of three competitions with 180 points ahead of tina maze (slovenia/125) and nicole hosp (austria/120). Fourth is maria hofl-riesch with 110 payers. The men’s slalom is coming up in bulgaria. "If i can get rid of the mistakes i made in the january races, then i can fight for a podium place again," said neureuther.


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