Austria’s Anna Fenninger picked up her second Alpine Skiing World Cup giant slalom win of the season with victory in Maribor on Saturday.
The 25-year-old took full advantage of mishaps to local star Tina Maze and American great Lindsey Vonn as she triumphed in a combined time of 2 minutes and 24.50 seconds.
Fenninger was fastest over both legs, outclassing world silver medallist Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany by four hundredths of a second with Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather having to settle for third place.
American teenager Mikaela Shiffrin was third after the opening run but dropped to fifth, 0.54 off the lead
Maze, returning home to Slovenia after claiming two gold medals and one silver in this month’s World Ski Championships, lost control two gates from the finish-line while Lindsey Vonn fell when she was on course to set the fastest time.
This result sees Fenninger close the gap on Maze in the race for the overall title to 84 points, giving her a major boost ahead of Sunday’s slalom.