THERE'S NEVER TWO WITHOUT THREE!
28 February 2005 | News
Was there any better way to say goodbye to the D-Mobile in Kranjska Gora for the year's final outing on the snowy slopes? Giorgio Rocca's victory in Slovenia on Sunday, February 27 provided the greatest satisfaction possible for all the Dainese technicians and staff-members who followed the world's best skiers around Europe all season gleaning their precious suggestions for product development and improvement, race after race after race.
The D-Mobile is one of the big little secrets behind Giorgio's magnificent year. Dainese is, in fact, an Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI) partner in safety and this lets the Italian national team members use the D-Mobile in those crucial moments before the start of the race to stretch out and relax while keeping concentration levels high. Inside the D-Mobile, the athletes can warm up their muscles using the special cycling machines provided. The results can be seen on the slope in terms of the precious hundredths of seconds shaved off the final time.
So Sunday, Giorgio Rocca stood atop the winners' stand for the third time this season. After winning in Flachau and Chamonix, the 29-year old policeman from Livigno proved himself to be one of the world's leaders in a race once dominated everywhere by a certain Alberto Tomba.
With the two medals won at the recent Bormio 2005 World Ski Championships around his neck and the coming Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games in mind, Giorgio Rocca will be in Lenzerheide from March 9 - 13, where his currently fine form will hopefully continue in the final races of the annual World Cup competition.
Good news for the Dainese Team continues: in Slalom racing, as many as five of our athletes finished in the top 15: Patrick Thaler (8th), Manfred Moelgg (9th), Giancarlo Bergamelli (11th) and Ivica Kostelic (15th). And in Saturday's Giant Slalom race, Massimo Blardone (4th), Davide Simoncelli (7th) and Lasse Kjus (12th) all turned in impressive performances .
Friday in San Sicario, we note with even more satisfaction the second-place finish of Isolde Kostner just 43 hundredths of a second behind the winner, while in Skicross competition on Sunday in Achensee, Austria, our Atomic-Dainese Team rider Hofer triumphed in the Crossmax race.