Fenninger storms to World Gold in Women’s GS
Anna Fenninger produced a performance worthy of a World Champion as she won the Giant Slalom in Vail Beaver Creek. Already almost one second faster than the rest of the field after the first run, Fenninger finished both runs 1.40 ahead of Viktoria Rebensburg in second and Jessica Lindell-Vikarby in third.
“It is really nice and there are so many emotions. Today it’s unbelievable that this happened. I gave everything and I won everything and it’s just a great day,” said Fenninger. “I had a big mistake and I knew it cost me a lot of time so I had to risk everything at the bottom of the course. When I crossed the finish line and saw the result, it was unbelievable.”
Fenninger looked to be on her way to an even greater margin of win when she passed the last split time before she made a mistake but held her composure to win the race.
After the race Fenninger added: “I would never have imagined this. It is amazing. It was very important to win a medal in the giant slalom. It does not feel as if I was invincible, but the flow feels good. I not think that I would be that far ahead for the second run, but I know that I still have to give a lot. The error checked me a little as I got on the edge. It is what I wished for in the end. The fact that I have achieved it; is beautiful. It was a lot of madness these World Championships.”
Taina Barioz and Sara Hector put in great first runs to place seventh and tenth but sadly Barioz crashed on the second run and Hector held her place. Lindsey Vonn used her early start on the second run to good effect to hold the lead for a long time before finishing up 14th at the end of the race.
“It was really nice. I really risked everything; I tried to have a really clean run. First run, I feel like I skied really well but the timing wasn’t really right. I switched some things around with my skis yesterday, so today was the first real run on them,” commented Vonn “I think second run I really found the timing, and I just let it go. I’m really happy with my run. It’s nice to kind of end these championships on a positive note. I tried my best these whole champs, but not every run worked out. Like I said, it’s nice to end on a good note.”
The day belonged to Anna Fenninger as she won her third medal, and second Gold, of the Championships: “It was an amazing day. It was a big dream to be a world champion in GS for me,” said Fenninger. “It was very important, and that I can make it this way, it’s awesome.”
World Champion: Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
Silver Medal: Viktoria Rebensburg
Bronze Medal: Jessica Lindell-Vikarby
10. Sara Hector (SWE) HEAD
14. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
17. Wendy Holdener (SUI) HEAD
26. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
29. Candace Crawford (CAN) HEAD