Friday, February 11, 2011

2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships Day 5: Anna Fenninger Took Gold on the Super Combined

Surprisingly the 21 year old Austrian from Salzburg Anna Fenninger triumphed in the Super Combined at the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After reaching 4th place in the Downhill race she ensured her gold medal with a brilliant Slalom race. The three-time world junior champion has reached a new level this season on the World Cup, landing her first ever podium in Downhill in Zauchensee and following up with the second of her Cup career in Super-G in Cortina. She had never won a race on the big stage, however, until Friday, making it bigger than she’d ever imagined. She won with a combined time of 2 minutes, 43.23 seconds. "No, I did not think that my first win [as] an adult could be this", said Fenninger, who collapsed in glee when she crossed the finish line of the slalom with the lead time. "It was unbelievable today. I was just cool in the morning in the downhill, and also tired because the downhill trainings were very strong for us. I was in the [slalom] start and I thought, ‘OK. Just do what you do in training. Be cool and go easy.’ And yeah, I did that. It was a perfect day for me … the best day of my life".
Tina Maze, who has leapt several obstacles this season, changing her service man and going home to Slovenia to get an injection to relieve the pain in her hamstring muscle after last weekend’s World Cup slalom in Zwiesel, persevered through the long Kandahar Downhill and then the slushy Slalom at Gudiberg to land another silver medal – her first ever podium in super-combined – finishing just 0.09 seconds away from the gold. "I had a few tough moments this season", Maze said. "I had some problems with my health, I went home from Zwiesel to get some medical support. We resolved some things. I don’t ski with pain now. I had to change my [service man] in the middle of the season. It’s not easy to do that, especially if you do four disciplines and have no time for training, but we did it good and now I’m really happy about it. The new guy has a heart for it. It’s nice to be at the start and be nervous and to see him nervous. It is good energy. [This medal] is really important because it is my first podium in super-combined".
Anja Paerson, who has spent the whole season priming herself for these world championships, earned the 11th world championship medal of her decorated career, skiing to bronze, 0.27 seconds off the winning time.

From February 7th to February 20th 2011 Garmisch-Partenkirchen will again be center of the Ski World during the 41st FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the former twin cities "under the Zugspitze", is one of the most famous winter sport resorts of the whole alpine region. Olympic Winter Games in 1936, Arlberg Kandahar races since 1954, FIS Ski World Cups since 1970 , FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 1978 and FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in 2009 the list of events shows why Garmisch-Partenkirchen is also called the cradle of ski racing in Germany. 525 athletes -208 ladies and 317 men- from 69 nations, more than any from the last five world alpine ski championships, will be competing for medals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen 2011. The event also welcomes 1,170 media representatives, a record for a World Alpine Ski Championship.
33 FIS World Championships medals will be awarded as the competition schedule includes five Ladies' and five Men's events as well as the co-ed nations' team event. The nations' team event will be staged for the third time since its introduction in Bormio (ITA) in 2005 and successful second edition in Are (SWE) in 2007 after inclement weather forced cancellation in Val d’Isére (FRA) in 2009. For the first time, however, the event will be carried out in the Parallel Giant Slalom format.

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