Hoefl-Riesch blown to third in Cortina d'Ampezzo

January 26th, 2014

As she crossed the line, Maria Hoefl-Riesch tapped her head in frustration as she knew that she could have been that bit faster to challenge for the win had it not been for the wind ruining her chances. On two occasions in the run in to the finish Hoefl-Riesch veered off course and saw her lead from the opening two sections disappear and the HEAD World Cup Rebel had to be content with third place behind Lara Gut and Tina Weirather.

With the wind playing a major factor on the technical course, 19 racers failed to make the finish. The wind played a major factor in seeing Hoefl-Riesch almost miss the last gate in the run in to the finish. After the race she said: "I was just happy when I went over the finish line because it was a hard fight for me on the bottom.”

It was definitely a tough day and luck played a huge hand for the racers and when they went: “We definitely had some huge wind gusts, and we had some totally calm conditions. We had the wind sometimes in front and sometimes in back with the visibility changing all the time. So it was very, very challenging,” said head U.S. women’s coach Alex Hoedlmoser about the race. “Hoefl-Riesch came to the bottom at the flats to a complete stop and then in her case had tailwind and still picked up third.”

Lizz Goergl continued her fine run of form in the run up to the Olympics with sixth place and Anna Fenninger placed eighth. For Goergl the result of the four race series was “mixed.” "I have done everything well and shown a determined run; a better run was not possible under these conditions - Sometimes you need just lucky in life..."

With the wind and the visibility being so varied for many of the racers, Anna Fenninger was the racer many felt was the most hindered by the conditions. With one race to go in the Super G World Cup, Fenninger still has a marginal chance to win the Crystal Globe but trails by 71 points. Maria Hoefl-Riesch still holds a commanding lead in the race for the Overall with Anna Fenninger in third place.

Results
1. Lara Gut (SUI)
2. Tina Weirather (LIE)
3. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
6. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
8. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
16. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
26. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD