Anna Fenninger of Austria wins the Olympic super-G on a tricky course; Maria Hoefl-Riesch 2nd
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – Anna Fenninger won the Olympic super-G on Saturday in a race in which many of the early skiers struggled to get down the tricky course.
The 24-year-old Austrian finished in 1 minute, 25.52 seconds, edging Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany by 0.55 seconds. Nicole Hosp of Austria was third.
The combination of soft snow and a tight course design by Florian Winkler of Austria had early skiers struggling to make it down. Of the opening eight racers, seven didn't finish.
The Austrians maintain their dominance in this Olympic event. Fenninger and Hosp make it eight of a possible 24 medals since the super-G began at the 1988 Calgary Games.
Pre-race favorites Lara Gut of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia were fourth and fifth. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was eighth.