Fenninger secures Victory in Maribor
Anna Fenninger produced one of the most memorable bottom sections of a World Cup race to win the Giant Slalom in Maribor. At the last split, the HEAD World Cup Rebel looked to be heading for second place as she trailed Viktoria Rebensburg by almost half a second before skiing a perfect section to win by four hundredths of a second. Tina Weirather took third place.
The tenth World Cup victory of her career could not have been more dramatic and have better consequences as Fenninger took the lead in the Giant Slalom World Cup and closed in to within 84 points of Tina Maze. Maze failed to finish the first run. After the race Fenninger explained: “The Giant Slalom World Cup is certainly a goal. But there are still two races so everything has to fit together.”
“I felt that I was not skiing that well in the middle section,” explained Fenninger at the press conference. “So I really tried to push hard in the lower part. I felt I was faster then, but I didn’t know if that was going to be enough. I was of course really happy when I saw the green light.”
With the second run held up momentarily for strong wind to die down, this was almost a prelude to the excitement that Fenninger’s run produced. After two Gold medals and a silver medal at the World Championships, Fenninger is carrying on where she left off in America.
“Yeah it’s fantastic again. I’m proud of it because today it was very difficult to hold the speed and show what I can do,” admitted Fenninger. “So I’m really happy that I can show it here because the crowd is so big and so cool. Thanks for a great race.”
Lindsey Vonn was looking in great form at the top of the first run as she looked to defend her victory from when the race was last run in 2013. With the fastest first split time, Vonn was carrying on the form she demonstrated in the second run at Vail before she crashed out into the netting. Vonn looked at first to be in some discomfort but soon smiled and skied away.
Pushing it to the limit and never giving up is the HEAD way; it is how to win races.
1. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
2. Viktoria Rebensburg
3. Tina Weirather
11. Sara Hector (SWE) HEAD
18. Liz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
20= Marion Bertrand (FRA) HEAD
23. Anne-Sophie Barthet (FRA) HEAD
25. Nathalie Ecklund (SWE) HEAD