Fenninger wins giant slalom; Maze's record bid ends
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...