ANOTHER TOP RESULT: FANARA THIRD IN ALTA BADIA
The Gran Risa as a World Cup piste of extremes. Extremely steep, extremely difficult and extremely hard. And Thomas Fanara loves these conditions. He was back on the podium for the second time since 2010 in yesterday's World Cup Giant Slalom in Alta Badia. The Frenchman is more than satisfied with his third place: "It's fantastic that this was enough to earn me my first podium of the season. I'm delighted with third place! It feels great to be standing up there at last!"
Top performance despite torn ligament
Even though Ted Ligety (USA) put in an almost superhuman first run, Fanara kept his cool and was in fourth before going into the second leg. "We know that Ligety is extremely strong. But you can still ski a good race! I concentrated on my own run and gave everything I had." Despite being somewhat handicapped, that is: Fanara hit a gate with such force in the first run that he tore a ligament in his left thumb. His ski pole had to be taped to his glove to get him though the second run.
Operation scheduled for today
Although it is no major problem in a race, the injury will require surgery. The likeable Frenchman will be going into the operating theatre today: "Then I will be forced to take a short break. But I think this break will do me good!"
Sandell makes his mark
Besides Fanara, Marcus Sandell also skied an excellent race. Seventh place in the overall standings was a top result for the Finn who joined the Fischer team last year. He had not been fully fit either over the past weeks with a broken toe that had been niggling the 25-year-old since the opener in Sölden. But now the pain has gone and Sandell is back. "The boy still has a lot to offer. It was a solid race. But once he really gets going he's also capable of a top-three placing," says Fischer Racing Director Siegi Voglreiter, talking about his protégé.
Fischer's team performance was also impressive: 12th place for Christoph Nösig (AUT), 14th Cyprien Richard (FRA), 17th Tim Jitloff (USA), 19th Manfred Mölgg (ITA) and in 21st Ivica Kostelić (CRO).