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Anna Fenninger
— Alpine skier —
Anna Fenninger Sportlerin des Jahres 2013 Österreich Gala-Nacht des Sports 1.jpg
Fenninger in October 2013
DisciplinesGiant slalom, super-G,
downhill, combined
ClubSkiklub Hypo Hallein
Born(1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 25)
Hallein, Salzburg, Austria
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
World Cup debut11 November 2006
(age 17)
Websiteanna-fenninger.at
Olympics
Teams2 – (2010, 2014)
Medals2 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams3 – (2009, 2011, 2013)
Medals3 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons8th – (20072014)
Wins8 – (1 SG, 7 GS)
Podiums28 – (5 DH, 13 SG, 10 GS)
Overall titles1 – (2014)
Discipline titles1 – (GS, 2014)
 
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Anna Fenninger
— Alpine skier —
Anna Fenninger Sportlerin des Jahres 2013 Österreich Gala-Nacht des Sports 1.jpg
Fenninger in October 2013
DisciplinesGiant slalom, super-G,
downhill, combined
ClubSkiklub Hypo Hallein
Born(1989-06-18) 18 June 1989 (age 25)
Hallein, Salzburg, Austria
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
World Cup debut11 November 2006
(age 17)
Websiteanna-fenninger.at
Olympics
Teams2 – (2010, 2014)
Medals2 (1 gold)
World Championships
Teams3 – (2009, 2011, 2013)
Medals3 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons8th – (20072014)
Wins8 – (1 SG, 7 GS)
Podiums28 – (5 DH, 13 SG, 10 GS)
Overall titles1 – (2014)
Discipline titles1 – (GS, 2014)

Anna Fenninger (born 18 June 1989) is an Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. She is the overall World Cup champion for the 2014 season, won in March 2014.

Born in Hallein, Fenninger is from the village of Adnet in Salzburg. She started competing in all five alpine disciplines, but omitted slalom as of January 2012. Her first major success was becoming world champion in the super combined in 2011,[1] without having won a World Cup race before. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Fenninger won the super-G at Rosa Khutor for her first Olympic medal, and at the end of the season she won the World Cup overall and giant slalom titles.

Ski racing[edit]

2006–2010: World Cup Debut and first successes[edit]

In the 2006 Junior World Championships, Fenninger won the gold in the super-G, silver in the downhill, and finished fifth in the slalom.

On 11 November 2006, Fenninger made her World Cup debut in the slalom at Levi, Finland. She tallied her first World Cup points (top 30) on 21 January 2007 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, where she finished 16th in the giant slalom.

After another top 20 placing, she improved again on 22 December 2007 in St. Anton, where she received her best result of fourth in the super combined. At the 2008 Junior World Championships, Fenninger won gold in the giant slalom and silver in both combined and downhill.

In the 2009 season she achieved six top 10 placings, with her greatest success being a second place in the super-G event in Cortina d'Ampezzo on 26 January 2009. At the World Championships in Val-d'Isère Fenninger became 4th and 7th in the super-G and the super combined events, respectively. She won the bronze medal in the super-G event at the 2009 Junior World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

In the next season, Fenninger had three top 10 finishes. At the 2010 Winter Olympics she placed 16th in the super-G and the super combined events, and 25th in the downhill.

2011: World Champion[edit]

The 2011 season was a very successful season for Fenninger. She had twelve World Cup top ten finishes, which included two podiums, and finished 12th in the overall standings. She was 6th in the season's downhill standings, and 7th in the super-G. At the 2011 World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Fenninger won gold in the super combined and silver in the team event, together with Romed Baumann, Michaela Kirchgasser, Benjamin Raich, Marlies Schild and Philipp Schörghofer. She completed the season by winning the gold medal in the super-G at the Austrian Championships in late March.

2012–2013: first World Cup victories, bronze medal in Schladming[edit]

In late December 2011, Fenninger won her first World Cup event in Lienz, Austria, in the Giant slalom.[2] Her most consistent World Cup podium results have been in the super-G. After another giant slalom win in Austria in December 2012,[3] Fenninger's first super-G victory came in March 2013 in Germany.[4]

At the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, Austria, Fenninger won bronze in the giant slalom.

In the alpine skiing World Cup overall ranking 2013 she finished third behind Tina Maze and Maria Höfl-Riesch.

2014 Sochi Olympics and World Cup overall title[edit]

The 2014 season was Fenninger's most successful season so far. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Fenninger won the super-G at Rosa Khutor for her first Olympic medal, winning by over a half-second.[5][6] Three days later, she won a silver medal in the giant slalom, held in the rain.[7]

In the next three races after the Olympics, Fenninger had a runner-up finish and two wins, which gave her 280 more points and temporary lead over Höfl-Riesch. in the World Cup overall standings. Höfl-Riesch. regained the lead after the slalom at Are, but was injured in the downhill at the World Cup finals in Lenzerheide. The next day, Fenninger secured her first World Cup overall title with a runner-up finish in the super-G.[8] She won the season-ending giant slalom to clinch the crystal globe for that discipline as well. Fenninger was runner-up for the season in both speed events, downhill and super-G and finished with four World Cup victories and eleven podiums. Including the Olympics, she had five wins and thirteen podiums during the 2014 season.

Conservation efforts[edit]

Fenninger supports the non-profit organisation Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), whose mission is to be the world's resource charged with protecting the cheetahs and ultimately ensuring its future on our planet. Her racehelmet has a cheetah design, and as an ambassador of this organisation she was publishing several videos and photographs with herself in cheetah design,[9][10] with the aim of raising awareness that they are almost extinct.

Since 2013 Fenninger is also a partner of the Austrian non-profit organisation Build an Ark - engaged in wildlife conservation for many years - in order to create a long-term effect for the Cheetah project. The cooperation of a top-athlete and a wildlife conservation association, themed "top-class sports meets wildlife conservation" is intended to raise awareness of the cheetah's plight and of society's role in its long-term survival.[11]

World Cup results[edit]

Season titles[edit]

SeasonDiscipline
2014Overall
Giant slalom

Season standings[edit]

SeasonAgeOverallSlalomGiant
 slalom 
Super-GDownhillCombined
200717108 –40 – — —
20081860 –5232 –14
20091920395215217
20102026 – –13266
201121125933769
20122255443198
2013233 –23813
2014241 –1228

Race podiums[edit]

Fenninger in January 2011
Fenninger receiving Newcomer of the Year Award in November 2011
SeasonDateLocationDisciplinePlace
200926 Jan 2009Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalySuper-G2nd
20118 Jan 2011Zauchensee, AustriaDownhill3rd
21 Jan 2011Cortina d'Ampezzo, ItalySuper-G3rd
20124 Dec 2011Lake Louise, CanadaSuper-G2nd
7 Dec 2011Beaver Creek, USSuper-G3rd
28 Dec 2011Lienz, AustriaGiant slalom1st
8 Jan 2012Bad Kleinkirchheim, AustriaSuper-G3rd
5 Feb 2012Garmisch, GermanySuper-G2nd
18 Mar 2012Schladming, AustriaGiant slalom2nd
20132 Dec 2012Lake Louise, CanadaSuper-G3rd
19 Dec 2012Åre, SwedenGiant slalom2nd
28 Dec 2012Semmering, AustriaGiant slalom1st
12 Jan 2013St. Anton, AustriaDownhill3rd
13 Jan 2013Super-G2nd
26 Jan 2013Maribor, SloveniaGiant slalom3rd
3 Mar 2013Garmisch, GermanySuper-G1st
9 Mar 2013Ofterschwang, GermanyGiant slalom1st
201430 Nov 2013Beaver Creek, USASuper-G2nd
7 Dec 2013Lake Louise, CanadaDownhill3rd
8 Dec 2013Super-G3rd
14 Dec 2013St. Moritz, SwitzerlandSuper-G3rd
28 Dec 2013Lienz, AustriaGiant slalom1st
11 Jan 2014Altenmarkt, AustriaDownhill2nd
2 Mar 2014Crans Montana, SwitzerlandDownhill2nd
6 Mar 2014Åre, SwedenGiant slalom1st
7 Mar 2014Giant slalom1st
13 Mar 2014Lenzerheide, SwitzerlandSuper-G2nd
16 Mar 2014Giant slalom1st

World Championship results[edit]

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
 slalom 
Super-GDownhillCombined
200919324DNF7
2011215171
2013233DNF11DNF2

Olympic results[edit]

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
 slalom 
Super-GDownhillCombined
201020162516
20142421DNF8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Eric (11 February 2011). "Fenninger takes World Champs gold in Super Combined". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 14 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Williams, Eric (28 December 2011). "Fenninger takes first career World Cup win at home in Lienz GS, Vonn fifth". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 14 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Mintz, Geoff (28 December 2012). "Fenninger earns first win of season on home snow, Shiffrin her career best GS". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Mintz, Geoff (3 March 2013). "Mancuso third in Garmisch, as Fenninger knocks the German into runner-up position". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 17 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Mintz, Geoff (15 February 2014). "Fenninger, Höfl-Riesch. and Hosp survive DNFs for medals in SG". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Austrian Anna Fenninger wins women's Super G Gold at Sochi". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Archived from the original on 19 February 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Mintz, Geoff (18 February 2014). "Maze shines in rainy Russia". Ski Racing. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. Retrieved 2 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Dunbar, Graham (13 March 2014). "Austrian skier Anna Fenninger wins overall World Cup title; Lara Gut wins super-G". US News. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Super-G gold medalist Anna Fenninger wants to help cheetahs (Video)". 15 February 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Anna Fenninger im Skiweltcup.TV Interview: "Geparden und ich haben viel gemeinsam!"" (in German). 15 June 2014. Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Anna Fenninger at Build-an-Ark" (in German). Archived from the original on 21 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Marlies Schild
Austrian Sportswoman of the year
2013
Succeeded by
Incumbent