Tina Weirather gets the win in St. Moritz super g
St. Moritz, Switzerland – For their return to Europe, the World Cup ladies could enjoy perfect and “relatively” warm conditions in comparison with last week in Lake Louise. Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather is on an incredibly good run and raced to her first World Cup victory this season. She recorded a time of 1:17.38, 0.31 seconds faster than the surprise of the day Kling Kajsa of Sweden, who started with bib 44. Austria's Anna Fenninger rounded out the podium, 0.39 seconds off the pace, with her team-mates Elisabeth Goergl and Nicole Hosp just behind in 4th and 5th position.
Among the favourites world cup leader Lara Gut ended 7th, 1.12 seconds behind and Maria Höfl-Riesch took 8th, 1.13 seconds back, while Tina Maze skied out after the first third of the course.
After an encouraging return to the World Cup last week in Lake Louise, Lindsey Vonn decided to skip the St. Moritz races. “I'm finding my rhythm on the World Cup tour again and I am very happy”, she posted on her Facebook page. “Going forward, my eyes are focused on Sochi. I'm skiing with a torn ACL and going forward I need to make a smart plan that will prepare me for the Olympics. I'm going to regroup with my team and make a calculated decision on upcoming races.” She is expected at the start of next week's races in Val d'Isère though.
Tina Weirather was close to her first season victory last week in Lake Louise with two second places. There was no doubt that the victory would come soon. She achieved it today on a very special occasion, the birthday of her mother Hanni Wenzel, who has also been successful here in St. Moritz in the past. She won the slalom gold medal at the World Championships in 1974.
“It's an awesome story to win here today in front of my mother on such a special day”, said the 24-year-old. “The goal was to give her a nice present.”
“I learned a lot coming back from my injuries. I had to learn to be smooth on the skis, to move gently. I didn't really feel I was going that fast today. I thought I was turning too round and that nothing was happening. At the moment I can finish my turns well and that gives me time between the gates, time to adjust the line and to let my skis go. That's the way to ski fast actually.”
25-year-old Kling Kajsa surprised everyone today by making the first podium of her young career. It is interesting to point out that her second and third personal bests were achieved last week in Lake Louise, with a 8th place in the second downhill and a 7th place in the super g. She is on a strong upward trend!
"It's an incredible feeling", said the Swede. "I was late in a few sections, but let the skis run and I'm glad it worked out that well. The slope is nice and the course set was very rhythmical. That really fits me well. Going into the season, I had more expectations than in the previous years, because I've trained a lot harder physically and mentally. Standing on the podium already at this stage of the season is just unreal."
Anna Fenninger has landed four podiums in the last four races she entered, each time in 3rd position.
"I'm satisfied with my run", stated the Austrian. "I made a little mistake in the last section. I lost some time there. But it's good to be on the podium knowing there's room for improvement. I'll hopefully get clean runs in the next races. For now I feel really confident in super g and giant slalom. I hope for a good race tomorrow. I want to show what I can do."
In the super g standings, Lara Gut is still leading with 236 points but the gap was narrowed by Anna Fenninger who sits just 36 points behind. In the overall standings, Lara Gut has now 482 points, a 37 point lead over the winner of the day Tina Weirather.
Some giant slalom action is now scheduled for tomorrow with the first run at 10:30 and the second at 13:30 CET.
Here are the full results of the day.