It was double joy for the HEAD World Cup Rebels in the re-scheduled Cortina d’Ampezzo Super G as Lizz Goergl took her second win of the season while Maria Hoefl-Riesch took her first podium of the season in Super G. Niki Hosp took third place in the race with Anna Fenninger in fifth and Julia Mancuso in seventh.
After having taken a step back last season, she has now taken at least two steps forward with her sixth career win and 37th podium. Goergl is always looking to improve and said after the race: ““What I am looking for everyday is the way to ski the best,” she said. “That is the main focus and of course it is great when it pays off and you are the fastest. For now, I feel very comfortable with my equipment. I am very happy I can ski the way I want to and that I am healthy.”
Goergl had used her early number (9) to great benefit in taking a clean and tidy line in stark contrast to many of the others who struggled through the lower section.
Just four-hundredths behind Goergl was Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who had been dominant in the Downhill training runs. After the race she said: “It's my first super-G podium of the season and that's a great satisfaction,” she admitted. “So far it hasn't worked fine for me in super-G. I was fast in some sections but always made big mistakes. Today I finally managed not to make any big mistake and I am really happy about this race.”
Despite finishing fifth, Anna Fenninger was not so happy: "That was not a good run from me, I am not satisfied with fifth place but I can live with it". Fenninger has now moved to within three points of Lara Gut in the standings for the Super G Crystal Globe; Goergl is in fourth, 48 points back.
Julia Mancuso has had a tough season but now seems to be peaking at just the right time with the Sochi Olympics just around the corner. Having put a lot of work into the set up of her boots, the work is paying dividends and the improvements are there for all to see.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch still leads the Overall standings with Anna Fenninger in second.
1. Lizz Goergl (AUT) HEAD
2. Maria Hoefl-Riesch (GER) HEAD
3. Niki Hosp (AUT)
5. Anna Fenninger (AUT) HEAD
7. Julia Mancuso (USA) HEAD
10. Kajsa Kling (SWE) HEAD
21. Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden (SUI) HEAD