Last weekend (22-23 October) marked the beginning of the World Cup season with the opening stage in Sölden. This meeting on the Austrian slopes has now become a firm favourite in the calendar, with the men’s and women’s competition on the giant slalom and, on Saturday evening this year, a parade for the fans. It means an expensive trip for the Adeline Baud Fan Club, which once again made its presence felt at Rettenbach with no fewer than 45 fans. As well as offering their vociferous support for Adeline on the slopes, the Fan Club had an extra mission this year: carrying the Grand Bornand torch for the fans’ parade. After five consecutive victories for the Bornandins, the title is once again heading back to France this year! A few pictures from an exhilarating weekend.
A mistake that cost dear…
After solid preparation over the summer, Adeline was eager to get the season started on the Austrian slopes. Wearing the number 19, Boulie kicked off her first run beautifully with an aggressive start. But her commitment would come at a price: with an interior fault that threw her off piste. Although she recovered to complete the run, she was too far behind to hold out any hopes for the second run. Despite this disappointment, Adeline will do well to remember her promising start, which bodes well for the rest of the season. After tearing up the first race, the Swiss skier Lara Gut won the giant slalom and her first title this season, finishing ahead of surprise package Mikaela Shiffrin and the Italian Marta Bassino.
“I was feeling really good on the morning of the race. I was excited: a few nerves, but no stress or negative energy. I warmed up well, and familiarised myself with the route. I was feeling confident about my skiing. Five runners before I was due to go on I told myself: now, give your all and don’t hold anything back. That’s exactly what I did. At the top of the piste I was feeling comfortable, in my element. Unfortunately I made an interior fault half-way through the run – a classic mistake. I didn’t make a single one during summer preparation, so it’s a shame that it had to happen on the day of the competition. I came back to the race knowing full well that it was already over by that stage… I don’t have any regrets, because I gave it my all and didn’t hold back – and that’s what I’ll take away from this first race. I would like to thank my Fan Club greatly: they created a fantastic atmosphere at the finishing line and contributed to a wonderful parade in the streets of Sölden in the evening. They really are a terrific bunch.”
The next stop for Adeline will be the slalom in Levi on 12 November. Go Boulie!
Victory for the Gêtois at the parade !
“As well as lending our support to Adeline, we had another mission this year: upholding our fine friendship with le Grand Bornard, which did us the honour of bearing the torch at the parade during summer. Initially, we weren’t sure whether to take this request seriously or not. These guys have been captivating the French skiing public on the Austrian slopes for many years, making it a truly special event. So we were keen to take the parade really seriously: not thinking about the possibility of victory but just wanting to spend some memorable moments with all the fans. Mission accomplished, and what’s more the title is back in France again this year!”
Thomas Mugnier, President of the Adeline Baud Fan Club
Return on the weekend in video !
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