Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lara Gut Wins Lenzerheide Downhill


Lara Gut (SUI) gave the home fans reason to cheer as she won the race by a slim 0.05 margin over Austria’s Elisabeth Goergl.
"To win the first and the last downhills of the season is just amazing, especially here in Swziterland", said Gut. "Last year I only won one race and this year six. That is a good step forward and I'm really happy about it".
It was a dramatic finish under perfect blue skies in Lenzerheide as Hoefl-Riesch was the last racer down the course, setting up the unexpected finish. Hoefl-Riesch’s DNF makes the fight for the Overall Title particularly interesting now assuming she is healthy after today’s race. It is a dog fight between the German and Austria’s Anna Fenninger for the Big Globe. Fenninger reclaimed the lead in the overall standings thanks to her sixth-place finish today. She now leads Hoefl-Reish by a very tight 11 points.
"Not winning the downhill globe today isn't bad", said Fenninger. "I had to win the race to have a chance, but my run wasn't perfect anyway. I am happy about the second place but above all I really hope Maria is ok and wish her she can race with us tomorrow".
Switzerland’s Fraenzi Aufdenblatten, who announced her retirement earlier in the season, was the charming Cinderella story of the day. After coming down the course as Bib 2, she stayed in the leader’s box until Gut took the lead 16 racers later. She ended her career on the podium in third place, giving the 33 year-old a good send off for her career.
It wasn’t the season ending downhill race that Maria Hoefl-Resich hoped for today in Lenzerheide (SUI) as she crashed on the final downhill outing of the season, but there was a silver lining for the German as she still claimed the downhill season title and discipline globe.She was airlifted and taken to hospital after crashing during the race. The examinations revealed a slight adductor injury as well as a bruised left elbow and shoulder. The German champion is hence unfortunately ruled out for last races of the season.

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