Wendy Holdener secured her best ever World Cup result in making it to the small Final of the Moscow City Event. The Swiss HEAD World Cup Rebel lost out to Mikaela Shiffrin in the small final but was still thrilled with her best ever World Cup result.
Fourth place in the City Event bettered her previous best result of ninth from the Slalom in Semmering last December and sets her up nicely for the World Championships in Schladming next month.
Nineteen year old Holdener beat Christina Geiger in the first round by a combined time of twenty two hundredths to advance to a race off with Tina Maze. In the Quarter Final, Maze had to take second best to Holdener!
After the shock for the crowd of putting out Maze, next up for a delighted Holdener was Veronica Velez Zuzulova. After the first race the difference was super tight: Just two hundredths of a second separated the two racers after having raced down the two hundred metre long slope. Velez Zuzulova increased the lead in the second run to fourteen hundredths. While the Slovakian went to the final, Holdener prepared to race Mikaela Shiffrin.
Despite having come in as a replacement for Lara Gut, the trip to Moscow was hugely beneficial for Holdener. Ranked 14th in the Slalom World Cup standings, the 50 points won, moves her up the standings to ninth after this event. Lena Duerr edged out Velez Zuzulova in the Big Final to take the win. The fast and furious racing has proved to be a huge hit with the fans of ski racing at all the locations it has appeared. This was the fourth time the event had been held in Moscow, it has also been held in Munich on New Years day.
1. Lena Duerr (GER)
2. Veronika Velez Zuzulova (SVK)
3. Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
4. Wendy Holdener (SUI) HEAD