1st World Cup victory in a SG for Anna Fenninger at Garmisch!
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – The 2nd and last Super G race of the week was held in perfect snow and weather conditions. Austria’s Anna Fenninger made the most of these amazing conditions and raced to her first career victory in super g. She crossed the finish line in the time of 1:20.43 to edge out local favourite Maria Höfl-Riesch at the top of the timesheets. The German was just 0.20 seconds off the pace. Already on the Super G podium on Friday (2nd place), Julia Mancuso took 3rd place today, 0.23 seconds slower. She still has a chance to win the super g globe at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide. She is now 55 points down in the Super G standings led by Tina Maze, who finished 4th today.
The last four Super G races of this season have been won by four different skiers (Vonn, Maze, Rebensburg and Weirather). The streak went on with a new name added to the list today. After missing out the podium on Friday, 23-year-old Anna Fenninger showcased her exceptional talent to snatch her 2nd victory this season. “I’ve been waiting for my first victory in Super G for quite a while and I’m for sure very happy it happened today”, she admitted.
“I tried to ski a very aggressive and direct line. I couldn’t tell if that was the right thing to do until I crossed the finish line and realised it was actually the case.”
Already on the Downhill podium yesterday Maria Höfl-Riesch has clearly regained the confidence that she was lacking before the World Championships.
“My Super G season hasn't been great and making my first podium here on a home soil is for sure really special”, said the Super Combined World Champion.
Julia Mancuso made her 15th World Cup Super G podium and is still looking for the first victory this season. “It’s always nice to be on the podium, I’m happy”, said the Californian girl.
“It’s nice to be among the fastest. I’m just trying every day to do my best and hopefully the win will come soon."
"In the middle again I was not great on the truny section. I need to find the key to be as fast in that section as I was in the others", she concluded.
In addition to the great performances of the day, there unfortunately was a lot of talking about an unpleasant story regarding Tina Maze. A lot of questions were asked this morning when policemen were seen around the World Cup champion during the inspection. As a matter of fact, it turned out that death threats towards Tina Maze were received by the organizing committee last night per email. The athlete remained under the supervision of the policemen all day and could leave Garmisch-Partenkirchen without any problems.
She agreed on giving her opinion on the subject before leaving the finish area. “When incredible achievements are made, there are unfortunately always going to be people willing to disturb. I guess that is part of the game, but it shouldn’t be like that. I wasn’t scared but for sure I did think about it last night trying to go to sleep. I don’t know where it comes from but “they” didn’t disturb me much today. I’m really proud of myself and I will continue this way.”
Tina Maze aims at winning the globes in all 4 disciplines and won’t let this unacceptable episode upset her season. She and the rest of the World Cup ladies will head to Ofterschwang for two tech events next weekend before the finals in Lenzerheide.
Here are the full results of the day!