Holdener captures her second podium on the World Cup.
Swiss HEAD World Cup Rebel, Wendy Holdener smashed her own career best mark in the World Cup with second place in the Slalom in Ofterschwang. The 19 year old was third after the first run yet was the beneficiary of the Maze v Shiffrin battle going into the last run as Maze took a grip on the Slalom World Cup after first run leader Shiffrin dropped to third overall.
“My best result was a 9th place so far. I would have been happy with another top 10. I was so nervous before starting the 2nd run. I just let my skis go and charged down the slope. It’s impossible to find words to describe how I feel right now,” explained Holdener. The rising talent first came to prominence earlier this season, as she took fourth in the City Event in Moscow.
Holdener was almost a second off the lead after the first run and had a slender advantage over Kathrin Zettel who was in fourth. This was no time to hold back and a gutsy second run saw her hold her advantage that she had over the leader in the finish as she came down, Marie-Michelle Gagnon. While Maze put in another faultless performance to take a lead of a quarter of a second ahead of Holdener, it was the fact that Shiffrin dropped off the pace that allowed her to climb to second on the podium.
Having only raced in Ofterschwang for the first time in 2012, this was the first time that Holdener had finished a race there and comes hot on the tails of securing her first podium in the Giant Slalom on the Europa Cup tour during the previous week.
Carmen Thalmann and Anna Swenn-Larsson all produced solid results to cement their places in the top twenty five from the season and book their tickets to Lenzerheide for the World Cup Finals, Holdener goes to the Finals as the seventh best racer from the season long series just ahead of another HEAD World Cup rebels Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who straddled on the first run.
1. Tina Maze (SLO)
2. Wendy Holdener (SUI) HEAD
3. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
14. Carmen Thalman (AUT) HEAD
15. Anna Goodman (CAN) HEAD
16. Anna Swenn- Larsson (SWE) HEAD