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Austrian Anna Fenninger won her first Olympic medal, taking gold in the super-G.
Austrian Anna Fenninger continued her country's dominance in Olympic women's super-G competition, claiming the gold medal on Saturday at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.
The 24-year-old Fenninger managed to survive a course that caused 18 of 49 skiers to crash or miss a turn, particularly early on in the competition. She finished in a time of 1:25.52, a 0.55-second advantage over Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch.
It was the first Olympic medal for Fenninger, who has three World Championship medals but had won only one previous super-G competition in her eight years of Alpine skiing. She became the fourth Austrian woman to win the Olympic super-G, which has only been contested eight times.
Hoefl-Riesch, who repeated as Olympic super-combined champion five days earlier, earned the silver for her fourth career Olympic medal. That put her into a tie for fifth most in Olympic women's Alpine history with three others, including American Julia Mancuso.
The bronze went to Austria's Nicole Hosp, who was 0.11 behind Hoefl-Riesch and now has two medals in Sochi after earning the silver in the super combined. Along with Fenninger, that gives Austria eight of the 24 women's super-G medals in Olympic history.
Mancuso, bronze medalist in the Sochi super combined, finished in eighth place at 1:27.04. She was in second place after finishing her run and was just the sixth woman in the first 14 skiers to complete the course.
Gold: Anna Fenninger, Austria, 1:25.52
Silver: Maria Hoefl-Riesch, Germany, 1:26.07
Bronze: Nicole Hosp, Austria, 1:26.18
Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather, 24, not only medaled in three of the last four World Cup super-G races, but she has the bloodlines to land on the Olympic podium.
Her mother, Hanni Wenzel, was Olympic champion in giant slalom in Lake Placid in 1980. Coming into the Games, tiny Liechtenstein has won nine Olympic medals, all in Alpine skiing.
Julia Mancuso, with a super-combined bronze in her pocket, is primed for another run at the podium here and hopes to make up for a disappointing eighth in downhill.
Austria’s Nicole Hosp, combined gold medalist Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany and Slovenia’s Tina Maze, who tied for downhill gold with Dominique Gisin, are all skiing fast at these Olympics, but soft snow could make results unpredictable.
Gold: Tina Weirather, Liechtenstein
Silver: Lara Gut, Switzerland
Bronze: Julia Mancuso, United States