On Sunday 20 December, Courchevel hosted the fourth ladies giant slalom event of the season after Sölden, Aspen and Are. An opportunity for Adeline Baud to confirm her return to a slope she’s particularly fond is. After all, it was here that she qualified for the first time in the second run of the World Cup. In front of fans who came in drones to cheer her on, Baud (or “Boulie” as she’s also known) ended up coming 12th place in this giant slalom with a very good second run!
A feeble first run, a stronger second one
The giant slalom skiers arranged to gather on Sunday morning for the fourth “run” of the season. Wearing the number 17, Boulie was unable to keep up the pace during this first run. It was an average run for the skier from Les Gets, and she came in a provisional 18th place – 1.66 seconds behind the Austrian Eva-Maria Brem at the halfway point. In higher spirits, Adeline launched into the second run with a completely different mindset. On the attack throughout the race, she beat the young Austrian Katharina Truppe by 0.25 seconds. A decent time for Baud (sixth place in that run ultimately) that allowed her to climb 6 places up the rankings. As a result, she finished 12th and was the best-placed French woman, behind a podium occupied by Eva-Maria Brem, Lara Gut and Nina Loeseth.
After three races, Boulie currently holds 16th place in the rankings for that discipline with 60 points. Encouraging results early on in the season given she did not take part in the opening giant slalom in Sölden last October. She’ll leave for Austria on Friday, a giant slalom and a slalom in the programme scheduled for the 28th and 29th December in Lienz in her sights.
A big thank you to the fans !
Adeline Baud’s fans set off on Sunday to support their champion, with more than 40 of them there to cheer on Boulie throughout the day! A big thank you to everyone who took part and who wore the colours of Les Gets club and ski station. The support has been tremendous, and has been a help to Baud: “It’s good that I’ve confirmed my return, but I’m still frustrated!” I manage great runs during training, but still haven’t managed to pull it off in an actual race. Then I managed to perk up during the second run, but I need two solid runs to be able to compete with the best skiers out there! I’ve got the ski, so we no longer talk about the injury coming back. It was great to race at home, it really did me some good. A big thank you to the Courchevel organising team, who have made sure that the competition goes as smoothly as possible. A big THANK YOU to all my fans who came to support me: it’s given me a lot of motivation for the rest of the season! »
Next meeting for Boulie
- Monday 28th december : Géant (Lienz)
- Tuesday 29th december : Slalom (Lienz)
- Sunday 03nd january : Slalom (Zagreb)
- Tuesday 12 january : Slalom (Flachau)
- Saturday 16 january : Géant (Ofterschwang)
- Sunday 17 january : Slalom (Ofterschwang)