Italy’s Nadia Fanchini wins World Cup super G
December 7, 2008
LAKE LOUISE, Alberta ” Nadia Fanchini of Italy won the season-opening super giant slalom on the women’s circuit Sunday for her first World Cup victory. Lindsey Vonn, the defending overall World Cup and downhill champion, was ninth.
Fanchini, who was second in Friday’s downhill, skied through steady, falling snow to win in 1 minute, 20.97 seconds. Fabienne Suter of Switzerland and Andrea Fischbacher of Austria shared second in 1:21.25 and Anja Paerson of Sweden was fourth in 1:21.31.
Vonn, the downhill winner from Burnsville, Minn., was timed in 1:21.57.
“There was a lot of powder snow on the course,” she said. “For me, that’s not my strong suit. I tried my best and, unfortunately, it wasn’t a really great day for me.”
The Canadian Rockies apparently treat the Fanchini family well. Fanchini’s sister Elena won a downhill in Lake Louise in 2005 for her first career victory.
“I don’t have any words to describe my happiness,” Nadia Fanchini said. “It’s unbelievable. Even the second place in Friday’s downhill was a surprise for me.”
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Sharing the podium is nothing new for Suter and Fischbacher. They tied for first place in a super-G last year at Sestriere, Italy.
“It just shows how close we are,” Suter said.
Sunday’s race was delayed about 30 minutes while course workers removed about 41/2 inches of snow that fell overnight. Bad weather forced cancellation of a downhill Saturday.
Canadians Emily Brydon and Kelly VanderBeek of Kitchener were sixth and seventh. This marks the first time in three years a Canadian woman has not been among the top three during the season’s opening speed races.
Brydon has struggled in the past at Lake Louise and her confidence is growing as the Vancouver Olympics draw closer.
“I will be prepared for 2010,” she said. “And I will learn from these things and the pressure that is put on me by myself and the people around me.”
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