Maiden World Cup victory for Tina Weirather in Garmisch SG!
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – To no one’s surprise, the weather and snow conditions were wonderful again today as forecast. 52 racers got to enjoy the well prepared Kandahar slope for the first Super G of the week, that replaces the one cancelled in Val d’Isère in December. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather managed to deal with the 42 gates and 39 changes of direction the best possible way to clinch her maiden World Cup victory, clocking a time of 1:19.82. Among the favourites today, Julia Mancuso and Tina Maze tied for second place, 0.12 seconds behind. Austria’s Anna Fenninger and Nicole Hosp took 4th and 5th position.
One Tina can hide another! 23-year-old Tina Weirather started with bib number 3 with huge determination and raced to her maiden World Cup victory to the delight of her parents who came to support her today. A little nod to alpine skiing history: neither Harti Weirather or Hanny Wenzel have managed to win a race on the Kandahar slope of Garmisch in their impressive careers!
“I wasn’t expecting her to win today. Her season has been quite difficult so far. However she has definitely got better and better in the last two weeks and is in a good shape again now”, said Harti Weirather.
After tearing knee ligaments for the 4th time three years ago, Tina Weirather was actually thinking about giving up ski racing. Her determination to come back was stronger and it’s paying off today.
“I knew I could win my first World Cup race one day soon but wasn’t expecting it today after the last tough months. It feels just great”, commented the winner of the day. “My run was good, I managed to keep the speed all the way down. My shin isn’t hurting any more, and I could really push on it. I was really fast in the last section, that’s where I made the difference I reckon. “
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Still seeking for her first victory this season, USA’s Julia Mancuso put a really solid run together and admitted she was of course happy about the second place, “even if I have to share it”.
“I made a couple of little mistakes which cost me some time for sure. It’s not easy to ski perfectly from top to bottom. I really enjoy skiing in Garmisch, the course is fast but also very challenging technically.”
After securing victory in the overall last week-end in Méribel, Slovenian Tina Maze is still hungry for great performances. Today she set the all-time new ladies’ single–season World Cup podium record by making her 19th podium of the season. She broke the record of 18, held by Hanni Wenzel (1979/80) and pernilla Wiberg (1996/97).
“I don’t really think about setting records, they just come alone one by one. Of course it makes me really happy when it happens”, admitted the 29-year-old skier. “I am aware of my skills and with the experience gained over the years together with the huge amount of work done during the season preparation, I can now keep this level of consistency. That’s what I’m the most proud of.“
Leader in the Super G standings with 370 points, ahead of Julia Mancuso with 305 points, Tina Maze is now only 76 points down the 2000 point record in the overall standings. She could break this record tomorrow in the Downhill by finishing 2nd.
“I haven’t won a Downhill race so far this season and tomorrow is the second-to-last chance to achieve that. Of course breaking the 2000 point record is also a big goal. Hopefully I’ll manage do it soon so I won’t be asked about it all the time”, was she joking in the finish area.
The record season isn’t over yet!
Here are the full results of the day!