Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, Krasnaya Polyana
Date Started: February 15, 2014
Date Finished: February 15, 2014
The women's Super G was the third Alpine skiing event for females held in Sochi. The race was held as scheduled on Saturday, 15 February, in the [Rosa Khutor Alpine Center] and started at an altitude of 1,580 metres between the sections )Devil's Spine) and )Forest Drop.) During this winter the five World Cup Super Gs were won by [Lara Gut] (Beaver Creek, Lake Louise, and the second race in Cortina), [Tina Weirather] (St. Moritz), and [Elisabeth Görgl] (first race in Cortina) and the current standing saw Gut in the lead ahead of Weirather, [Anna Fenninger], and Görgl, the 2011 World Champion. But Weirather was unable to compete after her crash in the last downhill training run when she sustained a shin contusion. [Lindsey Vonn], bronze medalist from Vancouver and Super G World Cup winner 2010/11 and 2011/12, also missed the Games after tearing her right ACL twice in 2013, and 2010 gold medalist [Andrea Fischbacher] failed to qualify. This left [Tina Maze], the 2010 silver medallist, reigning World Champion from 2013, and winner of the Super G World Cup in 2012/13 as the favorite.
The race started unusually as seven of the first eight starters did not finish the course. When second starter [Leanne Smith] (USA) came down the course in 1:28.38, she didn't realise that the next six skiers would fail to finish. Finally [Fabienne Suter] (SUI) with bib number 9 did complete the course in a respectable 1:26.89, which would eventually place her seventh. Nevertheless her time was not beaten until seven skiers later, when [Nicole Hosp] (AUT) took the lead in a time of 1:26.18. Her countrywoman, Anna Fenninger then skied the course 0.66 seconds better than Hosp, giving the Austrians the first two places. Tina Maze (SLO) took over the bronze medal place with a time of 1:26.28, but this was short lived as Lara Gut (SUI) went 0.03 seconds faster. In the end the two Austrian leaders were split when Super Combined winner [Maria Höfl-Riesch] (GER) posted a time of 1:26.07, taking the silver medal.
Fenninger, who was the third Austrian in a row to win the women's Super G after [Dorfmeister] in 2006 and Fischbacher in 2010, won the race with an average speed of 88.40 km/hr, 13.42 metres ahead of Höfl-Riesch. Both Fenninger and Höfl-Riesch used Head skis, while bronze medalist Hosp used Fischer. The gold medal awarded to Fenninger included a fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteor, which burst in a superbolide flash over the Chelyabinsk Oblast and caused a powerful shock wave exactly one year prior to this event, on 15 February 2013.
|8||Julia Mancuso||29||United States||USA||1:27.04|
|17||Klára Křížová||24||Czech Republic||CZE||1:28.30|
|18||Leanne Smith||26||United States||USA||1:28.38|
|23||Chemmy Alcott||31||Great Britain||GBR||1:29.14|
|25||Kateřina Pauláthová||20||Czech Republic||CZE||1:30.17|
|26||Macarena Simari Birkner||29||Argentina||ARG||1:31.10|
|29||Helga Maria Vilhjalmsdottir||18||Iceland||ISL||1:33.42|
|AC||Laurenne Ross||25||United States||USA||DNF|
|AC||Stacey Cook||29||United States||USA||DNF|