Fenninger claims victory
7,700 spectators watched the Austrian racer defeat Tina Maze and Viktoria Rebensburg in the Giant Slalom
Anna Fenninger is on a roll. After winning the Super G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen just one week ago, Fenninger also clinched the Giant Slalom victory at the World Cup in Ofterschwang. In front of 7,700 spectators, the Austrian claimed the victory after two thrilling runs (2:29.39 minutes) with a lead of 0.44 seconds to Tina Maze (2:29.83 minutes) who came in second. Fenninger was able to expand her lead in the second run, after clocking in a rather narrow margin of three hundredths of a second in the first.
Last year's double winner at the Ofterschwanger Horn, Viktoria Rebensburg, also gave a fine performance. With 2:30.35 minutes, she raced to third place, making this her fourth Giant Slalom podium in this season.
The three best racers were definitely in a class of their own, as Eva-Maria Brem (Austria) in 4th place was two whole seconds off the pace.
Numerous promising racers crashed during the selective first run, among them Austrian Kathrin Zettel and the Slalom World Cup Champion Mikaela Shiffrin. But it was a particularly unlucky day for Tanja Putiainen. The Finnish racer crashed and was so severely injured that she had to be flown by helicopter to the nearest hospital.