Anna Fenninger managed to adjust to the new snow conditions on the shortened “Karl Schranz” course in St. Anton to take third place in the World Cup Downhill. With overnight snow that had also caused the final training run to be cancelled, many of the racers explained that the conditions were hard to adjust to. With just sixteen hundredths separating Fenninger from a Downhill win, the HEAD World Cup rebel was still happy with the result. Alice McKennis won her first World Cup race with Daniella Merighetti in second.
"Today was much softer than in the training course, it has made it extremely difficult to keep the curves closely," explained Fenninger, whom was "reasonably satisfied" with her third place, adding: "A place on the podium is always good."
Lindsey Vonn placed sixth in her first race back after taking a six race break yet struggled with getting into the rhythm of the course she explained before adding that she was really happy to be back on the World Cup.
With the race held up for a while due to a nasty high-speed crash, Julia Mancuso, felt the effects of this yet managed to recover her thoughts to place 15th. Mancuso managed to post the fastest split time before two mistakes cost her any chance of the win.
After the race, Fenninger explained that the difference between the training run and the race was “extreme,” the racers had to deal with hard and icy in training to a bumpy racecourse with soft new snow.
Lizz Goergl pulled out of the race after the second training run was cancelled as she is struggling with her set up. Goergl is the defending Downhill and Super G World Champion from 2011. "I definitely know that I have not forgotten how to ski. But I also know that I still need a few things. I am seeking and will keep looking and hopefully will find the feeling. I believe that is not missing much, but it is still the crucial. We'll see in a few weeks if I have found it," she explained.
1. Alice McKennis (USA)
2. Daniella Merighetti (ITA)
3. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
6. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
15. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
19. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
28. Mirena Kueng (SUI) HEAD