It may have been over two months since the last Giant Slalom in Lienz but this did not stop HEAD World Cup Rebel Anna Fenninger from pushing things to the limit to win the fifth World Cup Giant Slalom of her career. Fenninger produced a dazzling second run to win the race and edge closer to the Giant Slalom leadership and Overall leadership. Anemone Marmottan took second and as is almost customary there was a tie for third between Eva Maria Brem and Lara Gut.
Fenninger won the last GS in Lienz in December and after a disappointing first run, charged hard and fast on the second run. The result was that she created a huge lead for the remaining six racers to attack on the second run. Afterwards she reflected on her first run deficit: “I was only eight-tenths behind in the first run, and I was just thinking I have to have fun on the slope and try my best,” said Fenninger. “Now it’s a victory and I can’t believe because it was a very tough race … It’s very warm, but the slope was very good. The salt worked well. It’s hard enough to have good conditions.”
Fenninger did not believe that her lead of two tenths over Marmottan would be enough yet with each racer the realisation of first a podium placing and then an improbable win grew.
While Fenninger is staging a late season charge for Globes, this win takes her closer to the Overall where the gap between her and another HEAD World Cup rebel, Maria Hoefl-Riesch is now down to 67 points after Hoefl-Riesch finished in a lacklustre 21st place. In the Giant Slalom standings, Fenninger has moved up to within 54 points of Jessica Lindell-Vikarby.
“I didn't show my best skiing in the first run,” commented Fenninger at the press conference. “I am just happy that my performance in the second run was good enough for the victory. Considering the warm weather conditions we're having here, the track was good. In the second run, the course was very fast and not easy. I prefer that kind of course set.”
With another Giant Slalom scheduled for the morning, Fenninger is on a roll!
1. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
2. Anemone Marmottan (FRA)
3= Eva-Maria Brem (AUT)
3= Lara Gut (SUI)
19. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
20. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
21= Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
21= Wendy Holdener (SUI) HEAD
28. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD