Anna Fenninger paced 1st DH training in Garmisch!
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – It is up to the World Cup ladies to race this week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and celebrate the 60th anniversary of Kandahar races. Autria’s Anna Fenninger paced the opening Downhill training run in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, clocking a time of 1:41.99. Local Maria Höfl-Riesch finished just 0.03 seconds behind, while Norway’s Lotte Smiseth Sejersted was 0.36 seconds slower, taking 3rd place.
Most of the racers had a big smile on their faces in the finish area. The common comment was: “It’s so nice to ski on such a smooth and well prepared slope!” The Kandhahar slope is usually more renown for giving the racers a hard time. “It’s like a different hill”, commented Julia Mancuso, who finished 5th, just after crossing the finish line. As a matter of fact, no injection was needed during the preparation process and in conjunction with the fresh snow of last week-end, the conditions today were just ideal.
Fastest today, Anna Fenninger, who is still looking for her first career Downhill victory, was clearly more comfortable on her skis today than in Méribel last week-end, where she ended in 19th position.
“I was sick last week like a few other athletes and feel much better now. The sensations were good today, let’s see what is going to happen in the second training tomorrow”, said the 23-year-old!
Maria Höfl-Riesch got close to snatch her first Downhill victory this season in Méribel and showed today she was going to race for victory on Saturday.
“My run wasn’t perfect, but it’s good see that I’m among the fastest today and that there is still room for improvement”, admitted the Super-Combined World Champion. “Winning my first Downhill this year in front of a home crowd would be fantastic. I would be satisfied with a podium spot, though.”
World Cup leader Tina Maze, who is 101 points behind Lindsey Vonn in the Downhill standings, made a few little mistakes and finished 13th, 1.53 seconds adrift.
“The conditions were good, but I clearly need a second training run to find the right line”, she said. “It’s really important to build up as much speed as possible in the top and flat section and to keep the momentum all the way to the end.”
The ladies will now spend the afternoon relaxing and watching videos of their runs to find the best line for tomorrow’s second training.
Here are the full results of the day!