Kajsa Kling has been threatening the podium all season and in putting her nerves behind her, the Swedish HEAD World Cup Rebel pushed it to the limit to place second. Anna Fenninger took third after having been within touching distance of race winner Tina Weirather the whole way down. Lizz Goergl took fourth and Maria Hoefl-Riesch made it four Rebels in the top eight finishers.
After the cold of North America, the World Cup returned to Europe and picturesque St Moritz. It was billed as the homecoming for Lara Gut but Tina Weirather raced to the win on her mother’s birthday. As Weirather was taking the plaudits for the win, Kling, from a start number of 44, was challenging her intermediate splits. After the race Kling explained that the work she has been putting in to alleviate her nerves is starting to pay off. At the beginning of the season she was looking to score top fifteen results but now has three top ten results and a podium! “This was a big surprise; I was not expecting this today,” Kling explained after her run, “I was skiing better and better in North America but today I wanted to do better so was feeling very nervous, so the feeling at the start was not so good but when I came through the finish it was great,” was how Kling explained her race.
Anna Fenninger continued her good run of form with third place. Fenninger explained that she was not frustrated to have been so close to the win as she had lost some speed in the last part of the course. Fenninger is a fighter and knows that she is close to the illusive race win in Super G.
Despite having been bumped down to fourth, the smile was back with Lizz Goergl. North America had been good to her, she explained, with good training and some great runs in the races. While some racers, including Maria Hoefl-Riesch made mistakes on the first big turn; Goergl felt she was ‘too clean’ on the next big right-hander. “It was a tough course, tough terrain but I am really happy with my run,” she admitted.
St Moritz is often blighted with high winds but this was a bluebird day: This was a day when Kajsa Kling scored her first World Cup podium.
1. Tina Weirather (LIE)
2. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
3. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
4. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
8. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
20. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD