Fenninger edges closer with second in Garmisch
In perfect sunshine HEAD World Cup Rebel Anna Fenninger took second in the last World Cup Downhill before the World Cup Finals. Tina Weirather took the win but importantly, in terms of the race for the Overall, Fenninger was in front of third placed Tina Maze.
Going last of the top seeds, Fenninger knew what she had to do: “It is important to be on the podium in downhill as it is my third discipline and I need to ski very good to stand on the podium and I did today so I am happy with this. Tina Maze is very good and is fighting for the big globe and I want to have a chance to win this. It is very difficult to stay in this shape and I want to be focused for the next time, so I have to try my best,” explained Fenninger. “It helps staying in front,” continued Fenninger.
Lindsey Vonn felt that she had skied pretty well as came down into seventh place, “maybe I went a little straight and got pushed wide on some of the turns. In general I am happy with my skiing.” With the racers having arrived in Garmisch with heavy snow falling, Vonn felt the snow had been pretty good on the course with conditions a little harder and icier for the race as against the training run.
Vonn felt that “the downhill at the beginning of the season was my strongest event as it was the quickest thing to come back and I did not have very much training but throughout the season I have trained more Super G and that has been my stronger event towards the end of the season.”
Liz Goergl felt that she expected more from the hill, having won her two World Championship Gold Medals in Garmisch in 2011. “I really love this hill,” she explained, “ I was really going for it but I was over a second out at the second split. I lost a little bit, not too much, but I will have to check the analysis as I had some good splits.”
Making her final World Cup Downhill race before retirement, Marianne Abderhalden looked back at her career with fond memories of Val d’Isere in 2013 where she won her only race. A big mistake halfway down saw her drop off the pace.
Vonn heads six HEAD World Cup Rebels in qualifying for the World Cup Finals in Downhill: Vonn, Fenninger, Goergl, Mancuso, Kling and Miklos.
In the race for the Overall, Fenninger has pulled another 20 points closer to Maze. Since the turn of the year Fenninger has been top five in all her races bar a 9th place in the Downhill in Cortina. Lindsey Vonn takes a 35-point lead over Fenninger to the last downhill while with seven races left Fenninger trails Maze by 24 points in the Overall.
1. Tina Weirather
2. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
3. Tina Maze
7. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
10. Liz Goergl (AUT) HEAD