Maria Hoefl-Riesch produced another fantastic performance to make it two wins from two Downhills in Lake Louise. The HEAD World Cup rebel pushed it to the limit as she tore into the course that she had won on the day before. It may not have been as clean as the day before but her line and technique through the all important section through ‘Fallaway’ and below was better than anyone else could managed and she opened up a lead that nobody could better. Tina Weirather raised her game after an innocuous disqualification the day before to take second with a delighted Anna Fenninger taking third and Annemarie Kaufmann-Abderholden making it three HEAD World Cup Rebels in the top four!
After the race Hoefl-Riesch explained that "The slope was faster today but my run wasn't as clean as yesterday. I lost a little bit of time in the middle section, but my performance today still good enough for the win, so I am really satisfied."
"I am not as strong in super g than I am in downhill. The two victories will obviously give me a lot of confidence, going into tomorrow's super g race. I hope my coaches will find the best line and that I will be able to achieve it during the race," she added.
Having been bumped off the podium by Kaufmann-Abderhalden from bib 30, Fenninger was delighted to have her first Downhill podium of the season, third in her career. Fenninger is now looking forward to the Super G.
Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden looked to be heading for another podium but admitted after the race to having made a small mistake in the middle section and this cost her dear. In the lower gliding section, Kaufmann-Abderhalden was able to use her tremendous gliding skills to claw back time and just missed a place on the podium for the second day running.
Having had a mixed run in the first race, Lindsey Vonn, looked good at the top of the course, even posting a split time that was fastest when she went down, eventually posting the fourth fastest top split. Vonn finished 11th just behind Lizz Goergl in 10th. Kajsa Kling produced another brilliant result from a low number as she made a mockery of her low start number in finishing 8th.
With her 26th career win; 10th in Downhill and fifth in Lake Louise, Maria Hoefl-Riesch takes an early lead in the standings for both the Overall and Downhill standings; Anna Fenninger moves in third in the Overall standings.
1. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
2. Tina Weirather (LIE)
3. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
4. Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD
8. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
10. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
11. Lindsey Vonn (USA) HEAD
21. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
24. Ramona Siebenhofer (AUT) HEAD