Skier Fenninger Wins Olympic Super-G
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.
In other Olympic news:
— U.S. speed skaters are looking to bounce back from an awful start in the Sochi Olympics by slipping back into old suits that should have been made obsolete by new high-tech gear. U.S. coach Matthew Kooreman said American skaters will be wearing different suits when the 1,500 final opens this evening. Shani Davis, a double silver medalist in the event, will be looking for the first U.S. speedskating medal in the games. Traditionally, the U.S. team has been among the medal leaders halfway through the competition.
— More than halfway through the Sochi Olympics, the IOC’s top anti-doping official says he’s not surprised there have been no positive tests so far. Arne Ljungqvist chairman of the IOC medical commission, says the stringent drug-testing system is working as a deterrent.
— The U.S. men’s hockey team has announced that Jonathan Quick will start in goal against the Russians on Saturday. He worked the nets in the opening 7-1, win over Slovakia.
— The top U.S. Olympic women’s bobsled sustained damage to its front end at after a fast training run today. Elana Meyers and brakeman Lauryn Williams completed their practice run down the Sanki Sliding Center course in 57.50 seconds — 0.34 seconds faster than any other sled — before banging a wall in the outrun. The pair did not take their second run so mechanics could fix the BMW-designed sled.
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