Fenninger makes it two in a row at Bansko
Bansko, Bulgaria – The ladies' World Cup tour extended its stay in the Pirin mountains, due to the rescheduling of a cancelled super-G race. The racers could finally enjoy good snow conditions and sunny skies on Monday for the 5th super-G race of the season, which proved to be once again a thrilling battle between the two dominant actors, Anna Fenninger and Tina Maze. The Austrian made it two in a row, one day after wining the alpine combined, by putting down a flawless run to edge out Maze at the top of the timesheets.
Anna Fenninger timed 1:14.59 to earn her second career World Cup victory in super-G, while the 31-year-old Slovenian was 0.16 seconds off the pace.
“Today was a pretty good day,” said Fenninger. “The course was difficult and technical, which suits me well. The track was hard and we could feel the snow under the skis.”
“It is new for me to win in two different disciplines in two days,” Fenninger added. “Yesterday was really special with the slalom run in the alpine combined. It's so good to win a super-G again because I have two gold medals at the Olympics and the World Championships, but won only one World Cup super-G before today.”
The 25-year-old has won the last three races she has entered since returning from her successful campaign at the World Championships.
“I am in really good shape now and I want to show it everyday. That's my motivation.”
Tina Maze bounced back from disappointing recent World Cup results with her second runner-up spot in two days, amassing precious points in the battle for the overall.
“I had three 0s on my account in my last three World Cup races,” Maze commented. “I am happy I managed to secure some points theses two days. Being on the podium twice here was really important for me and my self-confidence. Now I feel good and I am happy about it.”
In the overall table, Fenninger only trails Maze by 44 points now.
“It's close now, but I don't know if it is possible to win it,” explained Fenninger. “I'll simply try to keep on going like this and will see what happens. I cannot tell for now.”
“To have one more discipline for sure helps, but it is so easy to loose points like I did in Maribor and St-Moritz,” Maze said. “Now I just have to ski fast and we will see what happens at end.”
Winner of the last two super-G held at Bansko in 2009 and 2012, Lindsey Vonn joined Fenninger and Maze on the podium. She finished 0.28 seconds out.
“After a bad day, comes a good day,” Vonn said smiling. “I am happy with my run. I made some mistakes on the top part, but I skied well on the bottom and made up some time. The snow was really good today, they did a great job with the course.”
Going into today's race, Anna Fenninger was only 8 points behind Lindsey Vonn in the super-G standings and with the win, she moved up to first place (372). Vonn sits in second position (340).
“Anna is obviously skiing very well," commented Vonn about the hunt for the super-G globe. "Garmisch is a hill that I know very well. I just have to have another good race there and hopefully at the finals as well.”
Here are the complete results.