Hoefl-Riesch continues the wait for win number 25 but still takes third
The wait for the land mark win number 25 goes on for Maria Hoefl-Riesch but the HEAD World Cup Rebel was still happy with taking third place on her hometown slope in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Hoefl-Riesch kept her hopes of the Downhill Crystal Globe alive with third place despite Tina Maze winning the race and Laurenne Ross taking second. Julia Mancuso continued her good form with sixth place.
At the top of the course, Hoefl-Riesch was well placed but a small error in the line taking off the jump cost her time lower down, she felt. “I skied well from the top to the bottom and this was nevertheless a good race for me,” explained Hoefl-Riesch after the race. “I was good in the first technical section, I found some good speed and built on this,” Hoefl-Riesch then added that with the competition so strong this year, this was a good result.
For Julia Mancuso this was her best Downhill result of the season apart from the World Championships. “It is getting better and I have been changing some things: I have new skis for this race.” With this being her first year with the HEAD World Cup Rebels, Mancuso has spent a lot of the season “figuring out exactly what works for me,” she explained. “It is getting better and I am moving in the right direction and getting ready for next year.” With so many components that make up a fast ski, when you change one part, this may affect another, explained Mancuso.
With the course characteristics changing slightly from an icy feel in inspection to a grippy feel during the race, this result for Mancuso further strengthened her place in the world’s elite.
Two HEAD World Cup Rebels, Anna Fenninger and Mirena Kueng, shared 14th spot. For Kueng, this was her career best result in the World Cup so far.
With one race in the Downhill World Cup remaining, Lindsey Vonn still holds the slimmest of leads over Tina Maze. Maria Hoefl-Riesch remains in third with an outside chance of winning the Downhill title.
1. Tina Maze (SLO)
2. Laurenne Ross (USA)
3. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
6. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
14= Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
14= Mirena Kueng (SUI) HEAD
17. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
27 Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD