discard Fischbacher wins Crans-Montana downhill
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[March 03, 2014]
By Manuele Lang
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (Reuters) -
Austrian Andrea Fischbacher beat Sochi gold medalists Anna Fenninger and
Tina Maze to win the World Cup downhill in Crans-Montana on Sunday, in
the process winning her first race for four years.
Fischbacher, in the first race since the Sochi Games, clocked one
minute 34.00 seconds to win her first race since becoming Super-G
Olympic champion at the Vancouver Winter Games in 2010.
Fellow Austrian Fenninger finished 0.15 seconds behind with Maze
third, a further 0.32 seconds adrift.
The 28-year-old Fischbacher's lack of form since then culminated in
her failure to make the Austrian Olympic Team to defend her title in
Sochi. In her absence, Fenninger won super-G gold while Maze won
both the downhill and giant slalom.
"I often considered retiring from the circuit in the last few years
for nothing was easy for me. But I always believed I could make it
back on the podium after all those years. But a victory is more than
I was hoping for," Fischbacher said.
"Life is funny at times when you think that I could not qualify for
"When I saw I was not going to join the party, I told
myself to stay positive and do what I do best, that is train and
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The race was rescheduled and delayed twice as overnight snow and
thick fog threatened to cancel it altogether.
"I didn't think. I let my skis do the job. It was a hard course and
a demanding race. I nearly went out near the bottom. But it's just a
fantastic day," she added.
Since her Olympic glory of 2010, a year that saw her crowned
Austrian sportswoman of the year, "Fischi" has been plagued by back
injuries and self doubt but Sunday's result could prove a turning
"I was feeling good in the last few weeks. I felt in training that
something was happening. But to win...it's a strange feeling, very
hard to describe."
Local favorite Lara Gut, who had clocked the fastest times in
training, was forced out of the race to undergo medical checks on an
injured right knee.
(Reporting by Manuele Lang; Editing by Tom Hayward)
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