Saturday, December 28, 2013

Anna Fenninger Wins World Cup Giant Slalom in Lienz

Anna Fenninger picked up her first World Cup win of the 2013-2014 season with two brilliant runs in a combined time of 2:17.00. She posted the second fastest time of both runs to finally overtake Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, who was in the lead for a mere 0.02 seconds after the first run. The Swede took second place, 0.50 seconds off the pace, while USA's Mikaela Shiffrin landed her second season podium in Giant Slalom.
Anna Fenninger has been in blistering form at this time of the year for the last two years. She won her first World Cup race here in Lienz in 2011 and won again in Semmering last year. Including today's victory, they all happened on the same day, December 28. Anna Fenninger becomes the first to win two giant slalom races in Lienz.
"I really love Lienz and the slope", said the 24-year-old. "I can't explain why I am successful on that specific day. It's just amazing to win again. I have good memories of my fist victory here and if helps a bit for sure".
In the last three seasons, Anna Fenninger has finished in the top eight in all 18 World Cup Giant Slalom races that she has completed, with four DNFs during that time.
"I was a bit disappointed with my last Giant Slalom results. We had a lot of speed events recently and I didn't get much time too train my giant slalom skills. I didn't know I could be able to win today but I was ready to give it all out. It is just great it turned out to be such a big day for me. Wining in front of a home crowd makes it very special for sure".
Jessica Lindell-Vikarby is having her best giant slalom season with one victory and three podiums out of five races.
"I am glad to be on the podium and to keep the giant slalom red bib", said the runner-up of the day. "In Val d'Isère I finished 6th and was a bit frustrated with myself because of the mistakes I made. Today was different, I am very happy".
Placed fourth after the first run, Mikaela Shiffrin put a strong second run together to climb onto the podium for the second time of the season after Beaver Creek.
"I am excited because I am getting closer to the first place in giant slalom, that is a good a feeling", said the 18-year-old. "The last time I raced here I finished last or even didn't qualify for the second run. One can say I've improved a bit", she concluded smiling.

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