Anna Fenninger put everything into her second run to add Silver to the Gold that she won in the Super G. Fenninger did it the hard way in coming from fourth after the first run and very nearly snatched the Gold. With the weather playing a large part in the event: Heavy snow forced the second run to be delayed before rain came into the equation. Tina Maze took the Gold with Viktoria Rebensburg taking the bronze as she tried to defend her 2010 Olympic Gold.
“I’m really stoked for my second run,” she said. ”If someone had said to me, ‘You can go and win two medals’, I would have said, ‘That would be nice’. After the first (run), I knew at the start I’d have to take a lot of risks. And I did.”
Fenninger now has a really positive attitude about these Olympics, in start contrast to her 2010 experience. And it was so nearly a double Gold for Fenninger. As Fenninger stood in the leaders enclosure, the advantage that Maze had over her from the first run ebbed away at each split time: At the start it was 0.85 the lead held by Maze but by the first split this had been reduced to 0.61. The combination of the weather and the rain on the snow meant that Maze had to rely on all her advantage gained from going number 1 on the first run.
Maze lunged for the line at the end of the run and Fenninger had the silver by just 0.07 seconds.
While Maria Hoefl-Riesch pulled out of the race just before the start to allow her health to improve before the Slalom on Friday, Julia Mancuso completed her 2014 Winter Olympics by admitting that she has been having fun: “Coming back from not a great season, it kind of put things in perspective for me about what skiing is about,” said Mancuso. “Coming into these Olympics I really wanted a medal. I got a bronze and I, for sure, still want gold. If I can continue skiing well, especially on the speed side, I can get to a place where I can still be fighting for gold medals. At the beginning of the season, I felt there was no way I could come back, but having that magical day makes me want to keep going. … Who says what’s a good age (to retire), just got to go for it.”
Gold Medal: Tina Maze (SLO)
Silver Medal: Anna Fenninger (AUT)
Bronze Medal: Viktoria Rebensburg (GER)
11. Lizz Goergl (AUT)
14. Anne Sophie Barthet (FRA)
18. Kajsa Kling (SWE)