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25/11/2017 - 12:35
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FIS Ski Federation

Croatian Olympic Comittee
Lake Louise (CAN), 04.12.2004.
Janica again in top 10!
As it could be expected after Friday’s race, Janica Kostelic achieved a better performance in the second Lake Louise downhill won by Germany’s Hilde Gerg after being 13th on Friday.

The triple Olympic Champion who aims to also excel in the speed events in the coming months and years, came in a solid 10th in that event only 1,14 seconds behind the winner and a few hundredths behind established specialists as Austria’s Michaela Dorfmeister. She was quite pleased by her result. “It’s good to be able to do better today, yesterday I made a few mistakes but today it was better,” she said.

It’s quite a strong performance which helped her to reinforce her 3rd place in the Overall World Cup standings, 61 points behind Sweden’s Anja Paerson, again 17th this time. Janica doesn’t really practise downhill during the off season yet this handicap doesn’t prevent her to ski almost as fast as the other contenders who dedicate several weeks to their downhill and Super-G training.

It’s only the fifth time ever that the skier from Zagreb could ski among the top-10. She was already 7th and 9th here in past year. Her best performance in a downhill was her 6th place in Lenzerheide in December 2002.

Beside her great gliding skills and her solid technique, Janica is also very motivated when racing downhill and Super-G which she considers as the easiest of all alpine events.
“Downhill can be great fun and I’m happy to get back on my long skis,” she even said in Aspen after her surprising slalom comeback.

Her goal this winter is to keep on improving her level and increasing her experience.

Since her debut on the World Cup tour, she didn’t try too hard to win a downhill because of the risks of injuries. She suffered a bad fall in St Moritz five years ago. In February 2002, she was 3rd in the combined downhill after an aggressive race 63/100 behind her friend Renate Goetschl. That day she beat many good specialists including Friday’s winner Lindsey Kildow. In March 1998 Janica won a FIS downhill in Switzerland ahead of Sylviane Berthod and Heidi Zurbriggen, one of the best Swiss specialists in those years. She was also 3rd that week at the Swiss downhill championships despite her young age – 16!

She aims for another solid run in Sunday’s Super-G and eventually another promising top-10 finish. Next weeks, the women’s tour resumes in Altenmarkt, Austria, where a Super-G and a slalom are scheduled.

Patrick Lang
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