Dynastar News

ANOTHER PODIUM for MAX BLARDONE

Italy's Max Blardone reached his third podium of the season at Kranjska Gora where he finished 3rd in the race won by USA's Ted Ligety. Blardone, 2nd after the first run, fought hard in the afternoon to remain among the top-3 at the end of that race which is was hoping to win after being once 2nd and two times 3rd in recent years. "It was really difficult because the snow was much softer this afternoon, I made more mistakes than I wanted," he said. "I felt much more comfortable this morning but it got warmer before the second run," the skier from Piedmont added. "It was a close call again, I was surely aiming for more," he also commented. "I'm pleased to get back among the best three here following the disappointing results at Sestrières and Val d'Isère but my goal at the start of a race is to win."

Blardone, who has now a nice collection of 17 top-3 results collected on all the established world cup slopes, was not racing in his best form after suffering a bad crash last week in a Europa Cup race. "I feel some pain at my back and also my shoulder, but it should be fine at Are. I wish to end this season on a higher not - I hope that the race will be challening there."

MORE STRONG RESULTS for NADIA FANCHINI

Italy's Nadia Fanchini achieved another series of excellent results at Bansko where she reached her second world cup podium in downhill on one of the mist challenging courses of the season.

The bronze medallist from Val d'Isère came in 3rd in the first speed event raced in the Bulgaria ski resort, her best performance in the specialty since her 2nd place finish at Lake Louise in December.

In the following day, she was again a solid 5th in the second downhill race but for sure she expected more than her 6th place on Sunday in the last Super-G competition prior the Finals at Are. Switzerland's Fabienne Suter, 2nd in that race, took over the lead in the Super-G standings that Nadia has been keeping for a long time now.

"I was charging today in that Super-G, I really went for it but I didn't manage to ski as precisely as I was hoping," Nadia said afterwards. "In fact I made a pretty big mistake in the middle of the course where I lost much time but also lot of speed," she added.

"I'm really disappointed because it has been such a great weekend for me so far, I was very confident and aiming for another good result on that difficult course. Now it will be tough to regain the lead but I'll try hard at Are."

"I don't want to complain too much because I achieved a wonderful season so far, with this win in Canada and my medal at Val d'Isère. I was not so lucky today but it's part of the game."

ANOTHER GREAT WIN for JULIEN LIZEROUX

France's Julien Lizeroux celebrated another great win on Sunday at KranjskaGora after an impressive second run. Iit's the second world cup victory forthe two-time silver medallist from Val d'Isère after his first remakrbaletriumph at Kitzbühel last January.

"This is cool, I had much fun today especially this morning during my firstrun," he said. "I reached a new level of excellence in that first run andthis gave me incredible momentum. I was able to carry my excitement and mypleasure onto my second run and fight even harder in the afternoon. I alsomade more mistakes because the snow was a little softer afterwards but Ididn't mind, I just kept-on battling my way through the gates. i was allover the place I guess. It was a very special feeling. That's the way I liketo move on a slope - at my limits. It's so much more exciting!"

"I have already so many top-10 finishes on my list in slalom that I didn'thave anything to prove after my successes at Kitzbühel and Val d'Isère but Iwas surely nice to win again. Some skiers say that it's often more difficultto wint he second world cup race that the first one. Anyway I did it andthis is the most important for me and my friends."

"This result is also important because it helps me to pass the mark of 400points which allows me to enter all races at the Finals at Are. I may racethe giant slalom there. I wish to score more than 500 world cup points nowto have a good starting positions in all events next season. It's nicer tocompete more often, it helps you to keep a good rhythm. I also aim forimprove my level in the combined events."

WINTER DEW TOUR 2009

-- Justin Dorey 3rd, Duncan Adams 4th, and Mike Riddle 6th Overall --

Dynastar/Lange has three of the top Superpipe athletes in the world. The final stop of the Winter Dew Tour at Northstar in California, on February 21st 2009, was an incredible day for Justin Dorey, Mike Riddle, and Duncan Adams. Although this Tour stop was not their most successful, it still had a tremendous impact on the freestyle world.

Justin Dorey... Unbelievable! This is the first and only person to do 2 double back flips in one run of Pipe -- one on each wall. "The level of skiing is crazy right now," said Tanner Hall from the winner's podium, "The man who really deserves props tonight is Justin Dorey -- that dude is the future of Halfpipe skiing!"

Justin, 20 years old, was unable to land his two double back flips but has given the world a glimpse of his potential as well as the sport's potential. Congratulations to Dorey, who still clinched 3 rd in the overall standings despite his 11 th place finish in Tahoe.

Duncan Adams, 16 years old, had a breakthrough season and will continue his quest next year. He finished 4th in the overall Superpipe standings with a 3rd at the first stop in Breckenridge, 6th place in Mount Snow, but was unable to make the finals in at Northstar in Tahoe.

Mike Riddle, 22 years old, finished 6th in the overall Superpipe standings and 12th in the overall Slopestyle standings. Mike proved to be a contender in both disciplines but fell short in the finals which kept him from the podium. In both Slopestyle and Pipe, Mike qualified in the top three solidifying his position among the top competitors.

Tanner Rainville, Dan Marion, Alex Schlopy as well as young up-and-comers, Hans Wiener, Jack Sullan and Matt Duhamel are Team members that have also achieved great results this season.

Congratulations to all Dynastar/Lange athletes!

NISSAN OUTDOOR GAMES at CHAMONIX

The 2 nd stop of Nissan's Outdoor Games in Chamonix Mont-Blanc took place February 20th & 21 st . The best riders from all over the world were there.

Event goal: to create a 5 minute movie featuring 5 sports (mountain climbing, ski/snowboard, paragliding, speed skiing and base jumping) within a 5 day timeframe.

Dynastar was present at the event as a partner of the Nissan Outdoor Games and also with athletes. Dynastar skiers are members of the FOCUS Team called "Les copains d'abord."

Aurélien Ducroz, Stéphane Dan, Karina Hollekim, Rachel Burks from Dynastar's team , along with Sébastien Collomb-Gros, François Bon, Herman Pitocco, Horacio Llorens, Jean-Baptiste "Babs" Charlet, captured incredible footage and images at the event, thanks to the team's technical crew:Tristan Shu, Sylvain Georges and Daniel Lagarde.

MOVIE

It was a great weekend with Speed Riding and Windsuit demonstrations at the top of the Aiguille du Midi and les Grands Montets. Topping off the fun in Chamonix was showing movies and photos created by the 5 teams from the competition.

See you there next year with a new creation from Dynastar's family.

More information:

http://winter.outdoorgames.org/en/intro.php