It was a long road back to the top for Anna Holmlund, but with a combination of hard work, determination, and one of the best skill sets you will find on the Audi ski cross World Cup tour, the powerful Swede now holds back-to-back crystal globes from the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons and enters this season as a favourite for gold at the Sierra Nevada 2017 Freestyle World Ski Championships.
Last season's globe was the third of her career, with her first coming in 2010/11. After that campaign - in which she had five wins, six podiums, and took bronze at the Deer Valley world championships - she looked poised to dominate the ski cross World Cup for years to come. However, at the first event of 2011/12 she blew her knee in training and ended up missing the entirety of the season as she recovered.
Upon her return in 2012/13 and through much of 2013/14 it looked like the magic might have been lost for Holmlund, as she seemed less aggressive and far less confident than before her injury. However, an impressive bronze-medal performance at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games suggested their might still be some of the pre-injury form still to be found.
In 2014/15 Holmlund proved not only that she still had it, but that she could be even better than before. Claiming four victories (including three in a row to end the season), eight podiums, and top-five results in all but one event on the season on the way to the globe, in 2014/15 she proved that there's nothing sweeter than a good comeback story.
In 2015/16 she outdid herself yet again, claiming five victories and 10 podiums in 12 events while missing out on the big final only once all season, making for the most dominating winter we've seen from any athlete on the Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup in quite some time.
|1609625.01.2014||Ski Cross||Kreischberg||AUT||World Cup||13||200.00|
|1608817.01.2014||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||World Cup||13||200.00|
|1608716.01.2014||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||World Cup||17||140.00|
|1608615.01.2014||Ski Cross||Val Thorens||FRA||Qualification||15||8.00|
|1606222.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||World Cup||9||290.00|
|1606121.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||World Cup||3||600.00|
|1606020.12.2013||Ski Cross||Innichen/San Candido||ITA||Qualification||18||6.50|