Fenninger Wins Gold in Giant Slalom

Shiffrin, Vonn, Maze finish off podium

Feb 12, 2015
Outside Magazine

Anna Fenninger won the women's GS, with Michaela Kirchgasser coming in second.    Erich Spiess/ASP/Red Bull

Austrian Anna Fenninger won her second gold medal of the Vail world championships in Thursday’s giant slalom, according to NBC Sports. She was the fastest in the first of two runs, and she overcame a dicey moment during the second run, where she had only one ski on the ground, to win by more than a second.

It’s been a banner world championships for Austrian skiers. They’ve taken eight medals, including the team competition. That’s more than double the medals held by any other country.

Nineteen-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin was the top American competitor, winning eighth place. She’ll have a chance to defend her world title in the slalom on Saturday. Lindsey Vonn competed in the giant slalom for the first time in more than two years and placed 14th in her final race of the championships.

Slovenian Tina Maze, who won a silver medal and two gold medals in the three events held so far, placed fifth.

The championships will continue on Friday with the men’s giant slalom. The event gives American Ted Ligety, current Olympic champion, an opportunity to get back on the podium after his bronze in the combined.