Fenninger takes first career win in Lienz
December 28th, 2011

Fenninger takes first World Cup win of career.

The hands went to the head as she clutched her skis as a mistake from first run leader Viktoria Rebensburg saw her slender lead evaporate and Anna Fenninger knew that she had her first career World Cup win. The reigning Super Combined World Champion believed that she would win in Super G first but was delighted to have come from sixth and taken the win. The second was as exciting a race as you will see due to the closeness of the times of the top racers from the first run: Maria Hoefl Riesch was in tenth spot after the first run and was still in contention just 0.81 off the pace. Fenninger took the win ahead of Federica Brignone and Tessa Worley.

With very little of the course in the sunshine, the course stayed hard yet bumpy. Lienz has not been blessed with the recent snow falls and this game the course a bumpy feel to it. The need to be relaxed yet firm on the outside ski to carry speed was vital. Sabrina Fanchini put in an early run that set the pace and it held until Worley took to the slope. The winner from the opening Giant Slalom of the season, Lindsey Vonn was on a charge but a few small mistakes cost her and she placed behind Worley with seven to go. Vonn’s strength and desire to make the finish came to the fore as she battled down the course.

Anna Fenninger put in the run of her life to grab the lead off Worley. Fenninger was smooth, allowed her HEAD outside ski to carve the turn and through the important steep section that was ruining other racers runs, she was in blistering form. “It was important not to make mistakes (due to the closeness of the times),” she explained after the race, “but it is unbelievable to win!” she added.

The plaudits for Fenninger came thick and fast including her HEAD colleague Lizzi Goergl. Goergl had been in third after the first run but dropped off after making a few uncertain turns in the flat light. “Anna has shown time and again in training that she has what it takes to be the pace setter,” explained Goergl.

With four HEAD racers in the top ten including Fenninger, this was an exciting race with the result not guaranteed until a small mistake from the last racer down. Fenninger’s clean and fast run proving to be the standard bearer.

1. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
2. Federica Brignone (ITA)
3. Tessa Worley (FRA)
5. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
7. Lizzi Goergl (AUT) HEAD
10. Maria Hoefl Riesch (GER) HEAD