Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Glance Back at The Women’s FIS Ski World Cup

Anna Fenninger’s consistency paid off this season and in Lenzerheide she won her first FIS Ski World Cup Overall title. The 24-year-old competed in 24 races this year, she won four of them and climbed on the podium a total of 11 times. With Maria Hoefl-Riesch pulling out of the last races due to an injury sustained during a fall in the downhill in Lenzerheide, the impressive streak proved good enough to take home two crystal globes (giant slalom and overall).

1. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 1271
2. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) 1180
3. Lara Gut (SUI)1056

Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the downhill crystal globe for the first time in her career. She already had two slalom and one super-G titles under her belt. Riesch claimed a total of three downhill wins this season, two in Lake Louise and one in Cortina d'Ampezzo, and a third in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch suffered a fall during the final downhill in Lenzerheide, ended up in the nets and had to be airlifted off the slope to get medical treatment. Despite the crash, which marked the end of Hoefl-Riesch’s season and put her out of the race for the Overall, she still won the downhill title but was unable to attend the award ceremony.
As Hoefl-Riesch recovers from the crash, the German Ski Association with the cooperation of their main sponsor Audi, decided to organise the crystal globe handover this Wednesday at the Audi Forum Airport Munich. The globe has been presented to Hoefl-Riesch by Alfons Hörmann, FIS Council Member and President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation and followed by a press conference where Hoefl-Riesch confirmed what has been speculated over the last few weeks – she would be retiring from the sport she has been a key player in for the past years.
"The decision has been made: I'm finishing my career as an active skier", Hoefl-Riesch said in Munich.
1. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) 504
2. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 464
3. Tina Maze (SLO) 409

Lara Gut took home her first ever crystal globe after clearly dominating the super-G season and winning four out of the six races. She led the discipline standings from the first race on and was rewarded for her consistency.

1. Lara Gut (SUI) 448
2. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 357
3. Tina Weirather (LIE) 310

Anna Fenninger won the last four World Cup giant races of the season and overtook Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE) in the final race to snatch her first event globe ever and add a bonus achievement to her best season so far.

Giant Slalom
1. Anna Fenninger (AUT) 518
2. Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE) 492
3. Maria Pietilae-Holmner (SWE) 339

Mikaela Shiffrin won five of the eight slalom races this season to secure the slalom crystal globe for the second consecutive season. She is the youngest lady to win it twice. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) earned her first ever World Cup victory (Kranjska Gora) this season, while Marlies Schild (AUT) became the most successful female slalom skier with a total of 35 career victories.

1. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) 638
2. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) 488
3. Marlies Schild (AUT) 385

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