Second World Cup race of the season for Adeline Baud with the Swedish events in Are! After a comeback in Aspen on 28 and 29 November, the Gêtoise skier got started with a giant slalom Saturday followed by slalom on Sunday. With newfound confidence, Boulie placed 19th in GS and 25th in the slalom. There’s still a long way to go to reach the top, but the young Frenchwoman is on her way after her injury last season!
Clean skiing, but a lack of “madness”
The GS skiiers have a race this Saturday, December 12th in Are for the third “round” of the season! This slope has not been kind to Boulie in the past (two ski-outs last year), and the Gêtoise drew bib number 20 for the first round. With a good tempo from the start, Adeline had a good time, in keeping with her GS track record. She placed eleventh in the provisional ranking, one second behind the surprising Lindsey Vonn, who is currently in the lead at the half-way point. With the objective of aligning a second consecutive top 10, Boulie was unable to keep pace in the second run: a clean run overall, though probably too clean to compete with the best. She eventually placed 19th with some regrets, behind the unupsettable Lindsey Vonn, Eva-Maria Brem, and Fedrica Brignone who form the podium of the third round of the season.
Sunday’s slalom was harder for the young Frenchwoman, as she was unable to drop her ski during the first run. With great accuracy but a lack of speed, Boulie still managed to cling to 28th place in the provisional rankings. The second run was similar for the Gêtoise who would regret her lack of madness on skis. She finished 25th overall, 4.08 below the surprising Petra Vlhova, who won her first World Cup at just 20 years old!
Taking a step back to bounce back better
With the less than convincing results in Aspen, Adeline has a mixed reaction to the Swedish weekend. With unfailing motivation, she will take part in the Courchevel giant slalom on 20 December, in front of her Fan Club!
“My results this weekend were far below my ambitions. I’m disappointed but I won’t dwell on it. In previous years, I couldn’t talk to anyone for hours following a defeat, today I took a step back and was able to turn the page much faster. Injuries have taught me a lot in this respect. It’s important to quickly get out of these little negative spirals. I didn’t have enough madness this weekend. I skied clean, I didn’t make a lot of mistakes, but at the same time I couldn’t get there because I had no speed … I think I needed confidence, now we’ll have to play if I want to win bibs and aim higher. The next race is at home in front of my fan club, and is also in Courchevel that I first qualified in the second round of the World Cup! I like the slope and I’m raring to go!”
The Fan Club will travel to Courchevel, Saturday, December 20th!
Good news for ski fans as the Adeline Baud Fan Club will travel to Courchevel to encourage Adeline during the test GS on December 20! Please reserve your tickets soon at the following address: email@example.com or +33.(0)188.8.131.52.60. Departure will be at 6am (Les Gets), with a planned return around 6pm the same night. This trip is free and supported by the Fan Club for all its members! A €5 contribution will be required for non-members of the Fan Club.
For those unable to participate in the trip, both races will be broadcast at HQ Fan Club: Aprèski Bar at Les Gets! See you Saturday, December 20 at 10am. For more information don’t hesitate to contact us.
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