Head-Tyrolia athlete Karen Putzer secured herself the victory in Cortina d`Ampezzo's Giant Slalom with a remarkable performance. After clocking the fastest time in both runs, Putzer stormed to the top of the podium already in the fourth World Cup race after her injury.
Meteo conditions were difficult in the third race on the Tofana-slope at Cortina d`Ampezzo, Italy. A sea of fog created poor visibility for the skiers in the lower parts of the course during the first run. During the final, fog and mist impaired the competitors in Tofana's upper section. That's why winning this classic World Cup race demanded even more courage and skill than usual. And no athlete in the field took a bigger risk than Head-Tyrolia racer Karen Putzer.
Clocking minimum time twice
Karen Putzer had missed a lot of World Cup races due to an injury. After taking part in only three races after her comeback, she was very confident and optimistic before the race on her home territory. Wearing bib 24 she threw the competition a curve by clocking the minimum time in the first run. Putzer even capped it all off in the final and made the local fans cheer. It was her eighth World Cup triumph - and a very special one, as she stressed after the race: "I had nothing to lose, I had to qualify for the World Championships - and I did it. I have never been on the first place in Cortina - now I am really proud."
Three speed races in San Sicario
Next up for the alpine ladies are the speed races in San Sicario (ITA). Two Super-G races and a downhill race will take place on the olympic slopes between January 26 and 28, 2007.