Anna Fenninger fastest in GS 1st run in Semmering.
Semmering, Austria – Since the mid 90’s and every other year, the Ladies’ World Cup Tour has stopped at this time of the year in the Northern Limestone Alps, only one hour away from Vienna. Despite the warm weather conditions of the last few days, the organisers worked really hard to fine tune the ski slope. Light snowfall was expected to hit Semmering this morning and the forecast was right. It started snowing a couple of hours before the race and stopped right before the first racers. But then wind came in, making it harder for the Ladies as from bib number 5 already.
The young Austrian Anna Fenninger, who started with bib 4, made the most of it and took a 0.56 seconds lead over her nearest rival Tessa Worley, who started second, in today’s first run. World Cup Leader Tina Maze, who had bib number 3, finished 3rd, 0.90 seconds behind.
The Super-Combined World Champion, who took 2nd in Are’s GS before Christmas, could get her 1st victory this season and 2nd in her career if she keeps the gap in the second run. “ It’s fantastic to be first, especially in front of a home crowd, but now the hard part remains to be done. I’ll try my best” , said Anna Fenninger.
Tessa Worley who won the GS two years ago confessed the snow was different from the last 2 GS in Courchevel and Are and that it wasn’t easy to adapt today. “I am happy with the way I skied. I hope Anna will be a bit nervous as she knows I’m not too far behind” , said the French racer in a very friendly way.
This promises us again an exciting second run, so tune in at 13:30 CET!