Thursday, March 16, 2017

Race and Super-G Title for Tina Weirather in Aspen

Tina Weirather claimed both the race win and the globe today in Aspen, Colorado.
Tina Weirather and Ilka Stuhec were the only candidates for the super-g season title, with the Slovenian having a 15 points lead over the athlete from Liechtenstein. With bib number 5, Weirather laid down a very solid run, one that no one after her would be able to beat. Even Stuhec, who topped two super-gs this season and earned the downhill globe yesterday, crossed the finish line +0.35 off the pace, to claim second place and offer the discipline season title to Weirather. The daughter of Hanni Wenzel and Harti Weirather can now complete the family collection and bring home her first career globe. Her mother Hanni Wenzel claimed seven crystal globes in her career while Tina’s father Harti Weirather earned one. They became the first mother-daughter pair to both win crystal globes. Weirather is also the third skier from Liechtenstein to ever win a crystal globe.
"I was so nervous", said Weirather, holding back tears. "I knew there was a lot on the line. I don’t know what to say. It’s just incredible".
Ilka Stuhec, who had already won the alpine combined and downhill globes coming into the super-G, missed earning her third small globe by 0.35 seconds.
"It’s definitely amazing what’s been going on for a whole season", Stuhec said. "Today was another day to really enjoy the race, to show my best. It’s great conditions and super weather. Nothing to be upset about with second place today".
Rounding out the podium in third place was Federica Brignone. The Italian really found her flow in the second half of the season, earning five podium results in three disciplines between Jan. 24 and March 16. She was just one hundredth of a second behind the Slovenian.

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