Lizz Goergl provided herself with the perfect run into the Winter Olympics in winning the Altenmarkt Zauchensee World Cup Downhill. Since winning the World Championship two years ago Goergl admits that she has had a tough time and this had also seen her start number drop down. With Anna Fenninger leading in the finish ahead of Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Goergl secured another clean sweep of the podium when she came down from 28 to win the race.
Kajsa Kling was the first of the HEAD World Cup Rebels to push the limit but a mistake cost the Swedish racer dearly. Julia Mancuso was the next up and after a difficult start to the season, Mancuso now feels that she is heading in the right direction: “It is good to be with a second of the leaders; it makes me feel that I can win again,” she said after the race.
With the course starting to be shrouded in darkness, Maria Hoefl-Riesch was the first of the top seeds to attack the course. The tall German flirted with the leading times all the way down and then nailed the last section and landed the jump at the finish before crossing the line with a healthy lead. Never having taken a podium here before, Hoefl-Riesch admitted that she was starting to like Altenmarkt now!
Having won the only training run, Anna Fenninger knew how to go fast on the track. Although the weather had softened things up a little, Fenninger felt that the course conditions were perfect. With each split the crowd in the finish roared with approval as the lead grew. Yet as she came through the final section speed was jettisoned and she crossed the line with just seven hundredths of a second advantage over Hoefl-Riesch. But it was the lead.
With Marianne Kaufman-Abderhalden having to attack the course in the aftermath of Fenninger taking the lead, the Swiss HEAD World Cup Rebel challenged and slotted in to seventh place.
Lizz Goergl is one that can never be counted out and a devastatingly fast third split was the basis for her taking the lead. Goergl was clean and fast through the final section and crossed the line to take the win. Afterwards she admitted that she almost had tears in her eyes, it was that emotional for her.
Anna Fenninger has now taken the lead in the Overall World Cup just ahead of Maria Hoefl-Riesch. Some days everything just comes together. When you push it to the limit, these days are HEAD days!
1. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
2. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
3. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
8. Marianne Kaufman-Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD
13. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
16. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD