Inside the FIS Alpine Skiing World Championships
Austrian Anna Fenninger, the 2014 World Cup Overall Champion, got the 2015 World Championships started the right way by registering the fastest time down Beaver Creek’s Raptor Super G course on Tuesday.
The Olympic champion claimed victory over Slovenia’s Tina Maze by three-hundreths of a second and bested American and hometown girl Lindsey Vonn by .15 seconds.
The Ladies’ Super G was delayed by 30 minutes due to high winds at Beaver Creek and the starting point was moved further down the mountain in order to give racers better visibility on the challenging, steep course loaded with bending turns and blind jumps. The delay only served to get the crowd more fired up as race officials worked feverishly to clear the course of the reported four inches of fresh snow that fell overnight while altering the starting point.
Vail’s own Lindsey Vonn briefly held the Super G lead, much to the delight of spectators and boyfriend Tiger Woods at the Red Tail Finish Area before Maze and then Fenninger surpassed her in the standings.
2015 Ladies’ Super G Final Results
1. Anna Fenninger (Austria) 1:10.29
2. Tina Maze (Slovenia) +.03
3. Lindsey Vonn (USA) +.15
4. Cornelia Huetter (Austria) +.26
5. Viktoria Rebensburg (Germany) +.78
6. Tina Weirather (Liechtenstein) +1.03
7. Lara Gut (Switzerland) +1.28
8. Kajsa Kling (Sweden) +1.47
9. Julia Mancuso (USA) +1.65
10. Elena Curtoni (Italy) +1.68
The Men’s Super G takes place tomorrow on Beaver Creek’s world-renowned Birds of Prey Course.
America’s Bode Miller has experienced great success at Birds of Prey, infamous for its steep, uber-technical turns over 1.2 miles, but the 37-year old is making his season debut after undergoing back surgery just nine weeks ago. Miller’s teammate Ted Ligety will also look to get on the podium tomorrow and propel the US Men to World Championships glory.
Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud is the clear favorite heading into Wednesday’s Super G, an event that comes without any practice runs. Jansrud’s countryman and teammate Aksel Lund Svindal will also be participating tomorrow having recovered from an Achilles injury prior to the World Cup season. Svindal has experienced ups (winning Downhill gold in 2008) and downs (crashing in 2007) on the Birds of Prey Course.
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