Anna Holmlund takes her second World Cup Victory this season

29 January 2011 20:08

Victory by Anna Holmlund (SWE) and Andreas Matt (AUT) in todays ski cross World Cup in Grasgehren. Heidi Zacher (GER) finished second and keeps the yellow leader bib. 

The German ski-cross debut in Grasgehren / Obermaiselstein in the Allgau was a huge success. 4500 spectators followed the spectacular races on the hillside, and was broadcasted in over 25 countries. Perfect weather created a great atmosphere for the spectators, athletes, coaches and the organization committee


Anna Holmlund (SWE) won the thrilling final ahead of German Heidi Zacher  and Kathrin Müller from Switzerland. Anna Wörner (GER) came fourth. Heidi Zacher remains the leader of the World Cup. Winner Anna Holmlund said the following about the race, "Today was a perfect race day. I was in front in all my heats and I am very happy about the victory. That was a very tough final though. When I started with skicross, I was told: If you start with skicross, never look back when racing. I followed this advice, and I did not even notice the falls and crashes behind me. A big thanks must be given to the organizers as well, this was a great race and I can only hope that I will come back here".


Heidi Zacher was happy about her second place: "There was a lot of luck involved today. After my crash shortly after the start, I would not have expected to finish second in the first World Cup in my home country. I am very happy and found this a great premiere! Everything was very well organized for us athletes. Training, qualification and race on such a long course in one day was exhausting but I had some training with it from the Olympic Games in Vancouver".


Kathrin Müller:"Although I lost the second position, which I am not satisfied with, I am positively happy with finally having a place on the podium".


In the men's final, two Austrians and two Swiss fought in a thrilling final to nominate the winner. The favorite and World Cup leader Andreas Matt could celebrate another strong victory ahead of his team mate Patrick Koller and the two Swiss, Armin Niederer and Conrad Netzer.