Maze wins her 1st DH of the season and breaks the 2000 point record!
Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Today was a day of firsts. Thousands of spectators came to watch a history-making Downhill race on the Kandahar slope. World Cup winner Tina Maze raced to her 1st Downhill victory, recording a time of 1:40.46. She becomes thus the first alpine skier to break the 2000 point record in the World Cup overall standings. 0.39 seconds off the pace, USA’s Laurenne Ross took 2nd place and climbed onto her first ever career Wold Cup podium. Local favourite Maria Höfl-Riesch rounded out the podium, finishing 0.50 seconds behind.
The race was interrupted by the unfortunate accident of Alice McKennis who crashed entering the final “Tauber Schuss”. The young American, who started with bib number 12, was airlifted by helicopter to the hospital in Garmisch. By the time the race could start again, the fog had completely disappeared. The visibility was then just perfect. The following racers were all clearly faster than Daniela Merighetti and Anna Fenninger who were leading before the interruption. They finally ended 13th and 14th.
Starting with bib 18, Tina Maze gave no chance to the other competitors by putting an incredible run together to win her first Downhill of the season. In addition to being the first one to break the 2000 point record, she becomes also the 3rd athlete to win all 5 disciplines in one single season after Petra Kronberger (90/91) & Janica Kostelic (05/06).
"With 8 races remaining and more than 1900 points, I knew this would come soon and wasn’t too much stressed about it today,” said the Slovenian Champion, wearing a t-shirt with 2,000 written on.
“Winning the overall was my goal at the start of the season. I managed to do it already last week-end in Méribel. Breaking the record is just another incredible achievement.“
“I only won one Downhill race before today. I really needed to prove myself that I could win another one. I love the course here and the conditions were perfect today. I could not miss a chance like this," she concluded.
Laurenne Ross, who didn’t qualify for the Downhill race at the World Championships in Schladming, started with bib 26 and to finally get her first career podium. This means every single member of the US speed team has made a podium this season and demonstrates again how strong the team is.
“I didn’t expect it and it’s a really good feeling”, said the 24-year-old young American.
"My run wasn’t perfect. I tried everything I could and it turned out to be enough to be among the best today.”
“It was my turn to stand on the podium”, she concluded laughing.
Local Hero Maria Höfl-Riesch got her 71st career podium today. If she makes one more tomorrow in the Super G, she will equal Maria Walliser (SUI) and enter the top 10.
“I haven’t been many times on the podium this year, so taking 3rd place today here in Garmisch makes me really happy”, she said. “I have to congratulate Tina Maze for her outstanding achievement. It’s so impressive. It’s hard to say what makes her so strong. If I knew I would hopefully be as good!”
This incredible season carries on tomorrow with a second Super G. Stay tuned!
Here are the full results of the day!