Friday, February 13, 2015

Anna Fenninger Wins Second Gold in Vail-Beaver Creek 2015


Anna Fenninger (AUT) earned a hard-fought gold against a large, competitive field at the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek.
Fenninger had a big mistake in the lower third of the course, but amazingly enough she still managed to finish 1.40 seconds ahead of second place finisher Viktoria Rebensburg (GER). The bronze medal went to Sweden’s Jessica Lindell-Vikarby who finished 0.09 behind Rebensburg.
It was Fenninger’s third medal at these World Championships and her second golden effort with her other gold coming in the super-G in addition to a silver in the downhill.
"It is really nice and there are so many emotions. Today it’s unbelievable that this happened. I gave everything and I won everything and it’s just a great day", said Fenninger. "I had a big mistake and I knew it cost me a lot of time so I had to risk everything at the bottom of the course. When I crossed the finish line and saw the result, it was unbelievable".
With the win, Fenninger collected her second gold, and third medal overall, at these World Championships, claiming a bit of redemption over her lone bronze medal from the pressure-packed home World Championships in Schladming in 2013. She has now matched Tina Maze with two golds and a silver over the two-week event, and gave Austria its fifth gold medal and eighth overall here in Colorado.
Despite losing out on the gold medal with the last racer, Rebensburg still had reason to celebrate as she earned Germany its first medal in Beaver Creek and also had the fastest second run of all racers.
"The first run I was struggling a little bit, but I tried to push as hard as I could on the second run", said Rebensburg. "When I finished I didn't know if it would be good enough for a medal with all the other skiers left. In the end the silver is pretty amazing".
It was the first-ever World Championship medal for both Rebensburg and Lindell-Vikarby.
"I’m really happy, I’ve tried for this seven times at the World Championships and three times at the Olympics to get a medal, so I’m really pleased with how things worked out today", said Lindell-Vikarby.
Tina Maze (SLO) barely missed out on her bid to earn a medal in all five events at the World Championships. After her strong second run, she came down in third place, but was promptly knocked out of medal contention by Lindell-Vikarby. Maze can still go for a fourth medal in Saturday’s slalom.
"I felt no pressure today, I was really relaxed", said Maze. "I just didn’t have the energy to make it on the podium today. It just didn’t work out for me today. I’m fine and ready to move on an look ahead".

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