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With 2nd GS win in Are, Fenninger claims overall lead

Anna Fenninger picks up her second win of the week in Are, Sweden. (GEPA)

Anna Fenninger picks up her second win of the week in Are, Sweden. (GEPA)

The weather, course conditions and start were all different for the second day of giant slalom racing in Are, Sweden Friday — but the result atop the podium was the same.

Anna Fenninger picked up her second World Cup GS victory in as many days (third in a row) in rainy, slushy, variable conditions. Anemone Marmottan and Tina Maze had been in striking distance after the first run, but neither was able to finish their second run, solidifying results for Olympic bronze medalist Viktoria Rebensburg and current leader in the GS standings Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, who rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively. Fenninger finished with a combined time of 2 minutes, 0.15 seconds, expanding her lead in the second run.

For the host nation’s Lindell-Vikarby, it was a much-needed podium result in the wake of a sixth-place finish on Thursday, which dramatically closed the gap between her and Fenninger in the GS standings.

With only the World Cup Finals remaining on the calendar after this weekend, there’s no doubt Fenninger skis off as the big winner in Are. The Austrian gold and silver medalist in Sochi nearly squared the GS points race, which now sits 432-418, with the slight advantage to Lindell-Vikarby. On Friday, Fenninger also claimed the lead over Maria Hoefl-Riesch in the overall standings.

“It’s just amazing. It was a fight in the second run and not really easy with the bumps, but I am so happy that I can win two times here in Are,” said Fenninger. “We have so much conditions like this with the soft slope, and I know how it is. It’s difficult, but I like it.”

It’s currently a slim, seven-point advantage for Fenninger over Hoefl-Riesch in the overall. On paper, the slight edge has to go to the German with two slaloms remaining on the schedule. Hoefl-Riesch is a podium threat in the event, while Fenninger has not raced slalom since 2011 and is not expected to strap on the shin guards anytime soon.

However, Hoefl-Riesch, skiing perhaps the most demanding schedule of any World Cup athlete this season, has appeared wiped-out in these Are GS races. The 29-year-old, who won an overall globe in 2011, was able to actually capitalize on an abysmal first run Friday to take advantage of better course conditions in the flip. She was fortunate to have ultimately finished 10th on the day and to pick up 26 points toward the overall.

It was a second uneventful day for the Americans as Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin skied to 20th and 24th, respectively. Shiffrin ran an uncharacteristically low, late line, even sliding outside the track on a few turns. For the 18-year-old, her finishes in Are this weekend represent by far her worst giant slalom results of the season — other than a DNF in St. Moritz, she hadn’t finished outside the top 10 until Are.

“Both first runs yesterday and today were actually really good. I just made a huge mistake in each,” said Shiffrin. “In the second runs, I was just slow. So, I’m just hoping that I can get it under control so I ski fast and mistake-free. Then, I can ski fast both runs.

“I’ve been feeling pretty good since the Olympics,” added the slalom gold medalist. “I took a little bit of a break. I went to New York for some media, then came back and had a couple days off and then did some training. My slalom feels good and feels comfortable to me, so I’m excited to get back on my skis.”

For Mancuso, who is not in contention for a globe and earlier this season stated the Olympics, not the World Cup, would be her focus, the beach may be calling her name. Meanwhile, Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon, fighting back from a dislocated shoulder in Sochi, skied to her worst GS finish of the winter — she was 25th — after an encouraging performance in Thursday’s event.

 

RESULTS — Women’s GS, Are, Sweden

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  1  55947 FENNINGER Anna 1989 AUT  58.49  1:01.66  2:00.15    0.00
 2  9  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER  58.97  1:01.79  2:00.76  +0.61  4.52
 3  7  505632 LINDELL-VIKARBY Jessica 1984 SWE  59.10  1:01.73  2:00.83  +0.68  5.04
 4  14  55898 BREM Eva-Maria 1988 AUT  59.51  1:01.44  2:00.95  +0.80  5.93
 5  6  505760 PIETILAE-HOLMNER Maria 1986 SWE  59.05  1:02.23  2:01.28  +1.13  8.37
 6  23  296259 MOELGG Manuela 1983 ITA  59.69  1:01.79  2:01.48  +1.33  9.85
 7  8  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  59.36  1:02.34  2:01.70  +1.55  11.48
 8  11  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  59.80  1:02.12  2:01.92  +1.77  13.11
 9  19  425771 LOESETH Nina 1989 NOR  59.95  1:02.33  2:02.28  +2.13  15.78
 10  13  206001 HOEFL-RIESCH Maria 1984 GER  1:00.51  1:01.96  2:02.47  +2.32  17.19
 11  26  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  1:00.10  1:02.46  2:02.56  +2.41  17.85
 12  29  196179 BERTRAND Marion 1984 FRA  59.84  1:02.74  2:02.58  +2.43  18.00
 13  42  565331 LAVTAR Katarina 1988 SLO  1:00.60  1:02.09  2:02.69  +2.54  18.81
 14  21  185140 POUTIAINEN Tanja 1980 FIN  59.92  1:02.88  2:02.80  +2.65  19.63
 15  40  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  1:00.74  1:02.07  2:02.81  +2.66  19.70
 16  20  295445 KARBON Denise 1980 ITA  1:00.69  1:02.22  2:02.91  +2.76  20.44
 17  22  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  1:00.04  1:02.95  2:02.99  +2.84  21.04
 18  12  515747 GISIN Dominique 1985 SUI  1:00.77  1:02.28  2:03.05  +2.90  21.48
 19  25  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  1:00.61  1:02.48  2:03.09  +2.94  21.78
 20  18  537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA  1:00.42  1:02.70  2:03.12  +2.97  22.00
 21  41  298124 AGNELLI Nicole 1992 ITA  1:00.81  1:02.33  2:03.14  +2.99  22.15
 22  16  55576 GOERGL Elisabeth 1981 AUT  1:00.31  1:02.86  2:03.17  +3.02  22.37
 23  3  55838 ZETTEL Kathrin 1986 AUT  59.53  1:03.65  2:03.18  +3.03  22.44
 24  2  6535237 SHIFFRIN Mikaela 1995 USA  1:00.31  1:02.96  2:03.27  +3.12  23.11
 25  15  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  1:00.09  1:03.22  2:03.31  +3.16  23.41
 26  17  505679 HANSDOTTER Frida 1985 SWE  1:00.37  1:03.49  2:03.86  +3.71  27.48
 27  51  297851 AZZOLA Michela 1991 ITA  1:00.88  1:03.34  2:04.22  +4.07  30.15
 28  27  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  1:00.91  1:03.69  2:04.60  +4.45  32.96
Did not start 1st run
   57  425880 SEJERSTED Lotte Smiseth 1991 NOR          
   54  506350 EKLUND Nathalie 1992 SWE          
   49  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN          
Did not qualify for 2nd run
   58  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO          
   56  355055 BUEHLER Rebecca 1992 LIE          
   55  565373 ROBNIK Tina 1991 SLO          
   53  516283 ELLENBERGER Andrea 1993 SUI          
   52  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 FRA          
   50  155415 STRACHOVA Sarka 1985 CZE          
   48  516394 SUTER Jasmina 1995 SUI          
   46  55750 FISCHBACHER Andrea 1985 AUT          
   45  538284 MCJAMES Megan 1987 USA          
   44  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT          
   43  196725 BARIOZ Taina 1988 FRA          
   39  297171 FANCHINI Sabrina 1988 ITA          
   38  206444 HOESL Simona 1992 GER          
   37  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA          
   35  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA          
   33  506348 STAALNACKE Ylva 1992 SWE          
   32  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT          
   31  55818 KOEHLE Stefanie 1986 AUT          
   30  197319 BAUD Adeline 1992 FRA          
   28  506399 HECTOR Sara 1992 SWE          
   24  106825 PREFONTAINE Marie-Pier 1988 CAN          
Did not finish 2nd run
   10  196793 MARMOTTAN Anemone 1988 FRA          
   5  565243 MAZE Tina 1983 SLO          
Did not finish 1st run
   47  197651 DIREZ Clara 1995 FRA          
   36  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR          
   34  425887 LOESETH Mona 1991 NOR          
   4  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI        

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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