The upward trend for HEAD World Cup Rebel Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden continued as she took her third podium of the season with second place in the second Cortina downhill. Tina Maze took her first victory of the season and Tina Weirather was third with Maria Hoefl-Riesch in fourth.
"I am for sure really happy to be on the podium," Kaufmann-Abderhalden said after the race. "I skied well in the top section. The middle part wasn't that good but I managed to build up some good speed for the last section. Yesterday I made two big mistakes and was just hoping for a mistake free run today. I'm glad it happened."
Having dominated the training and won the first of the two races, much was expected for Maria Hoefl-Riesch yet she admitted that she had made “too many mistakes.”
Anna Fenninger was tied in fifth place and said afterwards: "I made a mess of the first left turn and could not carry speed below, from then the run was quite good,"
Julia Mancuso matched her best result of the season with seventh, even leading at one stage. “I feel really comfortable on my skis and with my equipment now, and it’s all about having that perfect run top to bottom,” said Mancuso. “This week has been a perfect preparation for the Olympics. Today I felt I really executed my plan to the finish line, just made a wrong line decision at the bottom, and also just need to adapt a little more to changing snow conditions. I’m excited to combine what I learned the last three days in tomorrow’s race, and then heading into the Olympics, there is always lots of excitement and I have always fed off that.”
Cortina has had something for everyone this year and the second of the two races ran from the top in glorious sunshine. The way that Kaufmann-Abderhalden forced her way back into contention epitomises the way that HEAD push things to the limit.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch remains in the lead of the Overall and Downhill World Cups. In the Downhill Globe she leads from Weirather with Kaufmann-Abderhalden in third and Fenninger in fourth. In the Overall, the lead is 148 points over Weirather with Fenninger in third.
1. Tina Maze (SLO)
2. Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD
3. Tina Weirather (LIE)
4. Marie Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
5. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
7. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
14. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
15. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD