Tina Maze makes history again by winning the Super G in St. Anton.
St. Anton, Austria – For the second time only in the World Cup history and 14 years later, the Ladies got to battle for victory in a Super G in the famed Austrian resort town. Programme of the race: 39 gates and 35 changes of direction. Runaway World Cup leader Tina Maze put together the best run of the day to win her first Super G in her career, recording a time of 1:16.55. She defeated Austrian Anna Fenninger by just 0.04 seconds. Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter took the last podium spot, 0.99 seconds behind Maze.
29-year-old Tina Maze becomes therefore the 6th female skier in World Cup history to win in all five disciplines. “I’m not really concerned about making history when I get prepared for a race, but it is always a nice thing to hear once it’s done”, she said.
“I’ve worked hard to win my first Super G, I got very close to winning last season. I could not have made it if there wasn’t such a good team of people around me. The summer preparation was conducted in the best way possible and it’s been paying off so far. The conditions was really nice today. The snow got a little bit harder than yesterday. It was interesting and a lot of fun to ski.”
In front of a home crowd, Anna Fenninger got her second podium of the week-end, after finishing 3rd in the downhill on Saturday. “I know I can ski fast in Super Gs. The difficulty is to keep the pace all the way down”, the Austrian skier said.
“I skied out in St Moritz Super G and now I’m second here. I’m really happy with the result but hopefully I’ll managed to ski a little bit faster next time to be 0.04 seconds ahead and not behind.”
Fabienne Suter, who got a knee injury last year, is solidifying her comeback with her first podium since then. “I’m personally very happy to be fit again and that I could ski like that even if it wasn’t perfect. I’m also pleased for the team. We have had a good season so far. It has to carry on,” confessed the 28-year-old Swiss athlete.
Lindsey Vonn who was going for a 3rd straight World Cup Super G win this season, wasn’t fast enough and missed the podium for only 0.01 seconds. World Cup leader Tina Maze has now taken her overall lead to 545 points over Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch who finished 5th today.
Some of the ladies are already on their way to Flachau to join the slalom specialists, while the others might have a short break before going to training again to get ready for the next speed events in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Another stimulating week ahead of us!