HOSP (AUT) TAKES THE FIRST PODIUM PLACE OF THE SEASON FOR FISCHER ALPINE
Beaver Creek – Colorado: competitors on the difficult new "Raptor" piste were welcomed by bright sunshine at the weekend. The run, which will be where World Championship medals are won in February 2015, is considered one of the most spectacular in recent years and tests competitors to their limits.
Despite the extremely challenging conditions, the Austrian Nicole Hosp held her nerves last Saturday. Her reward was third place and 500 points in the world rankings.
The concentration on the speed events has paid off. After breaking her shin in January 2009, she tore her cruciate ligament in October. It then took a while for the 30 year-old to recognise that a change of direction could spell a way back to the top. Many found it difficult to understand why the 2007 World Champion was not starting in her main discipline, the giant slalom. "After my injury, I put loads of energy in the giant slalom and unfortunately nothing came out of it, so it's now even better that the hard work will finally be rewarded in the direction of speed competitions," explains Hosp (AUT).
With third place in Colorado, Hosp (AUT) gained important points in the world rankings and can start next weekend in Lake Louise immediately after the top 30.
Her stated goal in the Olympic season is a downhill victory. If she succeeds, the Team World Champion would be one of seven women who have managed victories in all disciplines.
There's lots of excitement to look forward to ...