HOLDENER RETURNS TO THE PODIUM IN KUHTAI
Wendy Holdener has been gradually getting better and better this season and so it came to pass in the holiday season that she returned to the podium two seasons after she last graced it. This was the HEAD World Cup Rebel’s first trip to Kuhtai and it is one that she will not forget in a hurry as she stormed up the leader board from sixth after the first run to finish third. Mikaela Shiffrin won the race with Sarka Strachova in second.
With the weather God’s playing havoc with the weather: first the sun came out, then clouds returned and the second run saw more snow falling the deeper into the race the run went.
“The season gets better and better,” Holdener explained after her run, “we will see what happens next.” Holdener is a two-event racer and had done the Giant Slalom to get some time on the new slope. While the Giant Slalom did not go as well as she had planned she was very happy with how the slalom had panned out.
“I am very happy with how things went and that I gave it a go. The piste was really good,” she explained adding, “I knew that I had to attack.” With the snow falling and the wind getting up on the second run, Holdener put in a great run to grab the lead on the second run. With five racers still go, the nerves were there when thinking of if she would stay there yet when Tina Maze dropped down into fifth behind her, the first podium since Ofterschwang in 2013 was assured.
Holdener’s run was the second fastest of the second run with only race winner Shiffrin going quicker.
With a few days of powder skiing at home to look forward to, Holdener will then start training for the Zagreb and Flachau World Cup Slaloms before getting ready for the World Championships in Vail in February.
Anna Swenn-Larsson took ninth place, her first top ten result this season to add to her growing reputation and Carmen Thalmann placed twelfth for her second top fifteen result of the season.
The HEAD World Cup Rebels now take a break until Zagreb. Anna Fenninger remains in second Overall while Wendy Holdener moves up to eighth in the race for the Slalom World Cup.
What’s your limit?
1. Mikaela Shiffrin
2. Sarka Strachova
3. Wendy Holdener (SUI) HEAD
9. Anna Swenn-Larsson (SWE) HEAD
12. Carmen Thalmann (AUT) HEAD
21. Anne-Sophie Barthet (FRA) HEAD
24. Emilie Wikstroem (SWE) HEAD