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Overall, GS standings heat up with Fenninger win

Anna Fenninger takes the win in Are, Sweden GS. (GEPA)

Anna Fenninger takes the win in Are, Sweden GS. (GEPA)

The ladies haven’t raced a World Cup giant slalom since Dec. 28. To say a lot has happened since then would be an understatement.

For starters, Tina Maze seems to have reclaimed some of her remarkable form a year ago. With a pair of Olympic gold medals (and perhaps some renewed confidence) under her belt, Maze crushed the first run of GS in Are, Sweden and advanced into the early-evening second run with a nearly half-second lead over the field.

But she couldn’t hold it together. Despite a momentary celebration and perhaps an assumed podium as she crossed the finish line, the Slovenian squandered a 0.88-second advantage over the Olympic silver medalist in this event. Anna Fenninger, seventh after the first leg of the race, was simply able to put the best two runs together for the win on Thursday.

“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) good. It’s hard enough to have good conditions.”

Fenninger’s result makes more interesting the race for both the GS and overall titles, which will be settled over the course of the next week. In the giant slalom standings, Fenninger creeped up on the host nation’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, who skied to sixth and whose lead shrank to 372-318 with two contests remaining. The GS race continues tomorrow under the lights in Are.

In the overall standings, it was a lackluster day for current leader Maria Hoefl-Riesch. Like many others in the race, the German appeared exhausted but was certainly hoping to pick up more than 10 points — she finished 21st. Hoefl-Riesch’s lead over Fenninger shrank by 90 points — she now holds just a 67 point advantage over Fenninger (1118-1051).

Further on down the podium, it was a day of firsts. With a second-place result, France’s Anemone Marmottan picked up her first career top-three in a World Cup event. Similarly so, Eva-Maria Brem, who was left off Austria’s Olympic roster, earned her career-first podium — she tied Lara Gut for third.

It was uneventful day for Americans Mikaela Shiffrin and Julia Mancuso, both of whom made post-Olympic trips to North America in part to appear on late-night TV shows. They joined the ranks of other top racers who looked completely spent. Shiffrin did not make any major errors but lost time in her second run to finish 15th on the day. Mancuso appeared to rather be somewhere else — she finished 28th.

Fresh off dislocating her shoulder in the first race of the Olympic Winter Games, Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon was quickest for North Americans, finishing 13th in the Are opener.

“The first run I skied solid but I was far back. The second run was better. I’m hoping to carry that into tomorrow,” said Gagnon, who was 16th after the first run. “I’m happy I turned it around a little bit.”

Hugues Ansermoz, head coach of Canada’s ladies’ team, was content with what he saw from Gagnon Thursday and is hoping she will continue to build momentum in the next two events.

“We had good training and she skied pretty solid, especially in the second run,” Ansermoz said. “With her going out in races and the injury, the two giant slaloms are a good chance for her (to rebuild confidence). Thirteenth place, we will take. We have to fight for every point. We will try to make one more step tomorrow and get a little closer.”

 

THE SCOOP

By Hank McKee

Women’s World Cup giant slalom, Are, Sweden, March 6, 2014

Equipment - Skier, skis/boots/bindings

1 Fenninger, Head/Head/Head

2 Marmottan, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

3 Brem, Voelkl/Fischer/Marker

3 Gut, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol

5 Maze, Stoeckli/Lange/Atomic

6 Lindell-Vikarby, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

7 Zettel, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic

8 Pietilae-Holmner, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol

9 Brignone, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol

10 Moelgg, Rossignol/Lange/Rossignol

Women’s World Cup giant slalom, Are, Sweden, March 6, 2014. … Replaces race postponed from Kranjska Gora. … It is the 26th of 32 races on the original women’s schedule… There ae six races remaining. … It is the seventh of nine GS’s. … and the first of two being held at Are this season. … It is the 87th World Cup race hosted by Are… the 28th GS.

It is the sixth career World Cup win for Anna Fenninger… the fifth in GS. … It is her third win of the season including the Olympic super G gold medal. … She has not finished worse than eighth in any GS this season.

It is the first career World Cup podium for Anemone Marmottan, though she had previously been forth twice (St. Moritz GS Dec. 12, 2010 and Arber-Zweisell March 9, 2011). … Her previous best this season had been fifth at St. Moritz GS Dec. 15.

It is the first career World Cup podium for Eva-Marie Brem… her previous best a fourth in GS at Ofterschwang March 9, 2013. … It is the 15th World Cup podium for Lara Gut… her fifth in GS. … It is her eighth podium of the season, including an Olympic bronze in GS from Sochi, and third in GS.

It is the career best GS result (of two) at Are for Marie-Michele Gagnon and matches her third best GS result of the season. … It is the 12th career World Cup GS scoring finish for Mikaela Shiffrin. … It is the 17th World Cup scoring result of the season for Julia Mancuso… the fourth in GS.

Maria Hoefl-Riesch (21st in race) maintains the lead of the World Cup overall standings 1118-1051 over Fenninger. … Tina Weirather (did not race) is third with 943pts. … Mikaela Shiffrin is sixth overall with 666pt and Marie-Michele Gagnon in ninth with 473pts.

Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (sixth in race) maintains the lead of the giant slalom standings 372-318 over Fenninger with two races remaining. … The top nine in the GS standings still have a mathematical chance to win the title. … Shiffrin is sixth with 228pts and Gagnon 17th with 99pts.

Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup 4828-2612 over Switzerland. Sweden is third with 2236pts. … The U.S. is sixth at 1509 and Canada 11th with 762pts.

 

RESULTS — Women’s Giant Slalom, Are, Sweden

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  5  55947 FENNINGER Anna 1989 AUT  1:13.64  1:12.75  2:26.39    0.00
 2  13  196793 MARMOTTAN Anemone 1988 FRA  1:13.71  1:12.89  2:26.60  +0.21  1.28
 3  15  55898 BREM Eva-Maria 1988 AUT  1:14.30  1:12.48  2:26.78  +0.39  2.37
 3  1  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:13.41  1:13.37  2:26.78  +0.39  2.37
 5  3  565243 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO  1:12.76  1:14.27  2:27.03  +0.64  3.89
 6  6  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica 1984 SWE  1:13.48  1:13.73  2:27.21  +0.82  4.99
 7  4  55838 ZETTEL Kathrin 1986 AUT  1:13.63  1:13.72  2:27.35  +0.96  5.84
 8  2  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  1:14.04  1:13.33  2:27.37  +0.98  5.96
 9  9  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:13.60  1:13.84  2:27.44  +1.05  6.38
 10  26  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  1:14.16  1:13.50  2:27.66  +1.27  7.72
 11  8  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  1:14.16  1:13.58  2:27.74  +1.35  8.21
 12  22  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  1:14.99  1:13.22  2:28.21  +1.82  11.06
 13  11  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  1:14.85  1:13.38  2:28.23  +1.84  11.19
 14  34  196179 BERTRAND Marion 1984 FRA  1:15.77  1:12.72  2:28.49  +2.10  12.77
 15  7  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  1:14.47  1:14.08  2:28.55  +2.16  13.13
 16  21  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  1:16.03  1:12.58  2:28.61  +2.22  13.50
 17  14  515747 GISIN Dominique 1985 SUI  1:14.88  1:13.88  2:28.76  +2.37  14.41
 18  32  197319 BAUD Adeline 1992 FRA  1:15.92  1:13.01  2:28.93  +2.54  15.44
 19  17  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:14.89  1:14.07  2:28.96  +2.57  15.62
 20  28  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:15.53  1:13.51  2:29.04  +2.65  16.11
 21  40  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  1:16.07  1:12.99  2:29.06  +2.67  16.23
 21  12  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria 1984 GER  1:14.80  1:14.26  2:29.06  +2.67  16.23
 23  20  185140 POUTIAINEN Tanja 1980 FIN  1:15.55  1:13.53  2:29.08  +2.69  16.35
 24  16  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  1:14.68  1:14.58  2:29.26  +2.87  17.45
 25  27  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:16.00  1:13.45  2:29.45  +3.06  18.60
 26  43  196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA  1:16.19  1:13.42  2:29.61  +3.22  19.58
 27  10  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:13.23  1:16.45  2:29.68  +3.29  20.00
 28  18  537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA  1:15.90  1:14.82  2:30.72  +4.33  26.32
 29  29  506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE  1:15.07  1:16.12  2:31.19  +4.80  29.18
Did not start 1st run
   50  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN          
Did not qualify for 2nd run
   60  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO          
   59  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth 1991 NOR          
   58  185317 SOPPELA Merle 1991 FIN          
   55  516283 ELLENBERGER Andrea 1993 SUI          
   54  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 FRA          
   52  297851 AZZOLA Michela 1991 ITA          
   51  155415 STRACHOVA Sarka 1985 CZE          
   49  56032 SCHILD Bernadette 1990 AUT          
   47  197651 DIREZ Clara 1995 FRA          
   46  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea 1985 AUT          
   45  538284 MCJAMES Megan 1987 USA          
   44  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT          
   42  565331 LAVTAR Katarina 1988 SLO          
   41  298124 AGNELLI Nicole 1992 ITA          
   39  297171 FANCHINI Sabrina 1988 ITA          
   37  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA          
   36  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA          
   35  425887 LOESETH Mona 1991 NOR          
   33  506348 STAALNACKE Ylva 1992 SWE          
   31  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT          
   25  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie 1986 AUT          
   24  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA          
   23  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier 1988 CAN          
Did not finish 2nd run
   19  295445 KARBON Denise 1980 ITA          
Did not finish 1st run
   61  107068 PHELAN Brittany 1991 CAN          
   57  355055 BUEHLER Rebecca 1992 LIE          
   56  565373 ROBNIK Tina 1991 SLO          
   53  205239 WIRTH Barbara 1989 GER          
   48  516394 SUTER Jasmina 1995 SUI          
   38  206444 HOESL Simona 1992 GER          
   30  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR        

Geoff Mintz

Associate Editor

Geoff Mintz is a former alpine ski racer who cut his teeth at Ragged Mountain and Waterville Valley, N.H. After graduating from Holderness and UVM, he relocated to Colorado, where he worked as an instructor at Beaver Creek prior to pursuing a career in journalism. He currently lives in the woods above Vail with his wife, Colleen.

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