Alpine Ski Racer Rounding Gate
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) - Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein secured her first World Cup victory Friday when she mastered a steep and fast course to win a super-G.
Weirather edged Julia Mancuso of the United States and Tina Maze of Slovenia, who tied for second. Maze, who has already clinched the season's overall title, became the first skier to make 19 podiums in one season.
Weirather is the daughter of Hanni Wenzel and Harti Weirather, who won plenty of World Cup races between them but never on the tough Kandahar course. They were on site to see their daughter pick up her first win.
"They don't come to all the races but I am happy that they are here. They went through a lot for me. Now we can party a little," Weirather said.
Weirather was third out of the gate and covered the Kandahar course in 1 minute, 19.82 seconds to beat Mancuso and Maze by .12 seconds. Anna Fenninger of Austria was fourth, .28 seconds back.
Maze, who won the super-G at the world championships last month in Schladming, Austria, collected 80 points for her second place and has 1,924 points overall, taking her closer to becoming the first skier to top 2,000. There are still eight more races and each win is worth 100 points.
"I have enough energy but it's a long season and to stay focused is the toughest part," Maze said. "I haven't won a downhill this season and that's my next goal."
Several racers were faster than Weirather in the early splits but she was the fastest in the steep bottom section where she sealed the victory.
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