Former world combined champion Anna Fenninger stunned the big guns on Sunday to win her very first World Cup super-G race at the German resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The 23-year-old from Salzburg had only won twice before on the elite circuit – both giant slaloms and one of which came this season on home snow in December in Semmering.
On Sunday Fenninger tamed the one and a half mile Kandahar course to clock a winning time of one minute, 20.43 seconds for her first victory in a speed event.
Fenninger, who won giant slalom bronze at the world championships in Schladming last month, held off the stiff challenge of hometown favorite Maria Hoefl-Riesch for the win.
Hoefl-Riesch missed out on her 25th world cup triumph by two tenths of a second.
It was the 28-year-old’s second podium finish in three races at her home resort after she finished a solid third in Saturday’s Downhill
Nevada native Julia Mancuso rounded off the podium in third place to continue the US female team’s fine showing in the speed events this year.
Last season’s overall Super-G runner up was 0.23 seconds off the pace.
Runaway overall World Cup leader Tina Maze – who broke the record number of world cup points for a season after her downhill win the day before – was fourth despite suffering the distraction of being placed under the protection of bodyguards after receiving death threats.