Fenninger wins giant slalom; Maze's record bid ends

Thu Feb 12, 2015 7:19pm EST
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

BEAVER Creek, Colorado (Reuters) - Anna Fenninger survived a near-wipeout late in her second run to win the women's giant slalom title at the alpine ski world championships on Thursday while Tina Maze's bid for history came to a halt.

Austrian Fenninger, who won gold in the Super-G and silver in the downhill, posted a combined time of two minutes, 19.16 seconds, a staggering 1.40 seconds ahead of Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg despite nearly crashing out on a turn.

Sweden's Jessica Lindell-Vikarby took the bronze.

"It was an amazing day for me because it was a big dream for me to become world champion in (giant slalom)," Fenninger said after earning Austria's fifth gold, and eighth medal, at the world championships.

"That I can make it this way was awesome. It was important to show my best skiing. I had a really good feeling but I never thought that I could win this race with that disadvantage."

Fenninger, who was 0.90 seconds in front after the morning leg, stretched her overall lead with a storming run in the afternoon until she lost control on a turn, losing balance as her ski tips almost crossed.

"I was out of the course and fighting back," said the 25-year-old Austrian, who raised her arms in a mixture of celebration and disbelief after she crossed the finish line to deafening roars from the crowd.

"It was unbelievable how that worked out for me today."   Continued...

Feb 12, 2015; Beaver Creek, CO, USA; Anna Fenninger of Austria celebrates after run two of the womens giant slalom in the FIS alpine skiing world championships at Raptor Racecourse. Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports