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Val d'Isere, Alta Badia, and the 'Bomba' in Gravity


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Val d'Isere, Alta Badia, and the 'Bomba' in Gravity

Euronews’ Vincent Ménard guides us through all things fast and white this time from the French Alps:

‘‘Hello and welcome to this edition of Gravity from the French resort of Val d’Isère. For three weeks the great snow circus has been pitched in the Alps. Behind me is the super-G podium, the final event of the Critérium of the First Snow.

Lara Gut made up for a miserable weekend after failing to finish in both Friday’s alpine combined race and Saturday’s downhill.

For the World Cup super-G she was back in the straps and secured her 21st career win, the defending overall champion is now looking to close the gap on the American Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States.’‘

“I leave here with great confidence in my technical team and my teammates , because we are normally not so close, but they really helped me and today I found Val d’Isere and a love for Val d’Isere and the people around me, I know I am not alone,” she said after her victory.

‘‘Gut beat the Liechtenstein skier Tina Weirather by .13 of a second.

Weirather was .47 seconds up on Gut but then faded in the lower slopes something that she finds particular to the resort.”

“I was leading by four at the second split and then I lost quite sometime at the bottom,which is always the case in Val d’Isère. So that’s a little bit frustrating but I’m really happy with my skiing, I felt really strong on the skis and I was able to risk a lot.”

“The home favourite France’s Tessa Worley failed to live up to her billing skiing into fifth place.”

“I am both happy, but also disappointed, which is a good sign because I want to get on the super G podium, I think I have the ability, and I think I have proved it with this fifth place finish,” said the Frenchwoman.

“Lets head off to the Dolomites in the north of Italy to have a look at events from the hugely anticipated men’s giant slalom at Alta Badia.

The five-time overall World Cup champion, Austria’s Marcel Hirscher, has picked up another record as he becomes the first skier to win four
consecutive victories at Alta Badia.

The slope was as imposing as expected, but Hirscher showed his class to take the win.

He finished ahead of French skier Mathieu Faivre after Faivre’s countryman Alexis Pinturault, a key rival of Hirscher, crashed out in the second run.

What a story! In his 100th World Cup race Italy’s Florian Eisath claimed his first ever podium place.

Brought up close to Alta Badia his friends and family were on hand to share in the celebrations.

Look back to 1987

Alberto Tomba the ‘Bomba’ claimed the first of his four victories on the Gran Risa on December 13, 1987. Let’s turn back the clock back 29 years.

‘Bomba’ opened his account by winning the slalom and giant slalom at Sestriere.

Next stop is Alta Badia, Italy at the age of 22, Alberto is high on confidence and he slashes down the famed piste to win a memorable victory by 76 hundredths of a second ahead of Austrian Rudolf Nierlich.

Tomba’s classic season continued with nine wins and two Olympic golds in Calgary.

He is fondly remembered for his explosive skiing and his larger than life character.

His career World Cup tally is a whopping 50 victories.

Well that’s it for another Gravity. We leave you with the week’s most stunning images..It’s snow time, check out the vid, bye!”

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