Goergl takes second as Hoefl-Riesch flies away with Globe

March 12th, 2014

It may not have been the way that she wanted to win the Downhill Globe but even before Maria Hoefl-Riesch kicked out of the start gate it was her Globe. Another HEAD World Cup Rebel, Anna Fenninger needed to win to have a chance of taking the Globe but she could only manage fifth place. Lizz Goergl just failed to come back from a 0.44 second deficit to take the win and placed second, just 0.05 seconds back; the race was won by Lara Gut and Fraenzi Aufdenblatten took third.

The race was all set up for a dramatic climax but with Hoefl-Riesch suffering from a fever, it was not the shoot out that the season deserved. With one eye on the race for the Overall, Hoefl-Riesch was going for the points yet a mistake just after the first split saw her slide into the netting and her race was run. Hoefl-Riesch left the hill via helicopter. She was later advised to withdraw from the remaining races meaning Anna Fenninger is the Overall Champion for 2014.

Despite three fastest split times Lizz Goergl took second place in the race with Anna Fenninger taking sixth place to move into an eleven point lead in the race for the Overall. After the race Fenninger said: "Not winning the downhill globe today isn't bad, I had to win the race to have a chance, but my run wasn't perfect anyway. I am happy about the second place but above all I really hope Maria is ok and wish her she can race with us tomorrow."

Goergl was happy with her place on the podium. "It was so cool to ski,” she said referring to the course, the first time the Men and Women had raced the same course. Goergl also put to bed rumours that she was going to quit: "It goes on, yes, there are still things where I can develop myself."

Julia Mancuso finished tenth and said after the race: “Last downhill of the season and you just really have to go for it. It’s a really tough course,” said Mancuso. “It’s a fun hill. I like it. … There’s definitely room for improvement (in my downhill season), so I’m just going to keep working to improve and hopefully next year will be going better. I just had a lot of things going on with equipment, and that always gets into your head, especially when it’s an important year to be in top form.”

So with two Globes decided now, both won by HEAD World Cup Rebels, the Super G will be decided next.

Result
1. Lara Gut (SUI)
2. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
3. Fraenzi Aufdenblatten (SUI)
6. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
10. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
11. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD