Thanks to her nearly flawless runs down the demanding slalom course at Aspen, Sarka Zahrobska celebrated her second consecutive win in the famous Colorado resort which already brought her luck a year ago.
The 24-year-old skier from Prague was one of the very few athletes to somehow master the treacherous icy snow which covered the technically difficult slope to clearly beat her nearest rivals, Austria’s great slalom specialist Marlies Schild.
"I really don't know why I'm so successful in Aspen, but I'm happy for that," the 2007 slalom World Champion said after the competition. "To win such a race you have to have many things happen at one moment. I had to fight hard and I’m very proud of my performance,” added the HEAD athlete.
"The first run course was much turnier than usual and really icy," Zahrobska also said. "The second run was challenging too, in fact I don't think it was much easier. But if you want to win you got to know how to ski on every kind of snow. I had really good skis for this icy slope
"This slalom was tough to win, and that's why 'm so happy that I made it. It's a difficult race, exactly what I like. I understand why the girls were not so happy after the first run,” also commented the slalom silver medallist from Val d’Isère 2009.
Interestingly enough, Sarka is no longer trained by her father yet but her boy friend who apparently teaches her more modern training methods. The Czech athlete who also reached seven World Cup podiums in recent years, believes herself capable to keep on improving her level in the future.
"I had an excellent period of training last week in Loveland, and I'm pretty sure that it helped a lot because it was the same kind of hill and pretty similar conditions. That's the reason why I didn't struggle too much in this race."
"After Levi where I finished far from the podium, I knew that I had more to give in my slalom. I had no doubt about the goals I could achieve in the future races. I strongly felt that I could do much better. I’m glad I could show it today. "
"After all I wasn't so difficult to win, I just skied exactly the way I skied in training, and as I can see, it worked pretty well!"
Despite her young age, Zahrobska is nearly a veteran now on the World Cup tour which she discovered in December 2002, at Sestriere, where she finished 5th in a ‘KO’ slalom. In the meantime, she started in over 140 World Cup races, ending 43 times among the top 10!
She scored points in her last 16 slalom races, coming 15 times among the top-10 and she was once 13th at Maribor last January. Since her start at Sestriere, the amazing Sarka only failed six times to score points in slalom, showing incredible consistency in that difficult specialty. She was 2nd in the slalom Worlds Cup standings last winter behind Germany’s superstar Maria Riesch.
She also did well in other events, mostly in giant slalom and Super-combined, showing also great determination in several Super-G races.
Her next goal is to improve her form in giant slalom and achieve another strong performance in two weeks at Are, in Sweden, where she often reached the podium in recent season. And in February, she definitely wants to be ready for the great Olympic days.