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 2015 season, won in March 2015.
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, 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.
2006–2010: World Cup Debut and first successes
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
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
In late December 2011, Fenninger won her first World Cup event in Lienz, Austria, in the Giant slalom. Her most consistent World Cup podium results have been in the super-G. After another giant slalom win in Austria in December 2012, Fenninger’s first super-G victory came in March 2013 in Germany.
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
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. Three days later, she won a silver medal in the giant slalom, held in the rain.
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. 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.
2015 Vail/Beaver Creek World Championships and World Cup titles
Fenninger had her most successful World Championships to date winning gold medals in the Super G and GS and a silver in the downhill. Following the World Championships she continued her form in the World Cup. On January 19 she had trailed Tina Maze by 361 points in the overall. On March 13 she briefly overtook Maze in the standings with a dominant win in the GS in Åre, to take her ninth straight World Cup podium and fifth victory of the season. It was the first time she had led the overall since winning the first race of the season: the GS in Sölden. Only five races remained. The overall and GS titles would go to the last run of the last race of the season: the GS in Meribel. Fenninger was then trailing Maze by 18 points in the overall and had an 86-point lead over team mate Eva Maria Brem in the GS standings. Fenninger took a win, and with it the GS and overall titles.
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, 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.
World Cup results
- 4 titles – (2 overall, 2 giant slalom)
- 14 wins – (2 SG, 1 KB, 11 GS)
- 43 podiums – (8 DH, 19 SG, 1 KB, 15 GS)
|2009||26 Jan 2009||Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy||Super-G||2nd|
|2011||8 Jan 2011||Zauchensee, Austria||Downhill||3rd|
|21 Jan 2011||Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy||Super-G||3rd|
|2012||4 Dec 2011||Lake Louise, Canada||Super-G||2nd|
|7 Dec 2011||Beaver Creek, USA||Super-G||3rd|
|28 Dec 2011||Lienz, Austria||Giant slalom||1st|
|8 Jan 2012||Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria||Super-G||3rd|
|5 Feb 2012||Garmisch, Germany||Super-G||2nd|
|18 Mar 2012||Schladming, Austria||Giant slalom||2nd|
|2013||2 Dec 2012||Lake Louise, Canada||Super-G||3rd|
|19 Dec 2012||Åre, Sweden||Giant slalom||2nd|
|28 Dec 2012||Semmering, Austria||Giant slalom||1st|
|12 Jan 2013||St. Anton, Austria||Downhill||3rd|
|13 Jan 2013||Super-G||2nd|
|26 Jan 2013||Maribor, Slovenia||Giant slalom||3rd|
|3 Mar 2013||Garmisch, Germany||Super-G||1st|
|9 Mar 2013||Ofterschwang, Germany||Giant slalom||1st|
|2014||30 Nov 2013||Beaver Creek, USA||Super-G||2nd|
|7 Dec 2013||Lake Louise, Canada||Downhill||3rd|
|8 Dec 2013||Super-G||3rd|
|14 Dec 2013||St. Moritz, Switzerland||Super-G||3rd|
|28 Dec 2013||Lienz, Austria||Giant slalom||1st|
|11 Jan 2014||Altenmarkt, Austria||Downhill||2nd|
|2 Mar 2014||Crans Montana, Switzerland||Downhill||2nd|
|6 Mar 2014||Åre, Sweden||Giant slalom||1st|
|7 Mar 2014||Giant slalom||1st|
|13 Mar 2014||Lenzerheide, Switzerland||Super-G||2nd|
|16 Mar 2014||Giant slalom||1st|
|2015||25 Oct 2014||Sölden, Austria||Giant slalom||1st|
|5 Dec 2014||Lake Louise, Canada||Downhill||2nd|
|21 Dec 2014||Val-d’Isère, France||Super-G||2nd|
|28 Dec 2014||Kühtai, Austria||Giant slalom||2nd|
|19 Jan 2015||Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy||Super-G||2nd|
|24 Jan 2015||St. Moritz, Switzerland||Downhill||2nd|
|25 Jan 2015||Super-G||2nd|
|21 Feb 2015||Maribor, Slovenia||Giant slalom||1st|
|1 Mar 2015||Bansko, Bulgaria||Super combined||1st|
|2 Mar 2015||Super G||1st|
|7 Mar 2015||Garmisch, Germany||Downhill||2nd|
|8 Mar 2015||Super-G||3rd|
|13 Mar 2015||Åre, Sweden||Giant slalom||1st|
|19 Mar 2015||Méribel, France||Super-G||2nd|
|22 Mar 2015||Giant Slalom||1st|
World Championship results
epa04602716 Anna Fenninger of Austria celebrates her gold medal during the flower ceremony after the Ladies Super-G at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado, USA, 03 February 2015. The World Championships run from 02 February through 15 February. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO