Alpine Skiing

The Associated Press - Saturday Feb. 15, 2014 03:26 ET

Austria's Anna Fenninger wins women's super-G

Canada's Marie-Pier Prefontaine placed 20th

Anna Fenninger of Austria holds women's super-G lead in Sochi
Anna Fenninger of Austria reacts after her run during the women's super-G on Saturday at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Anna Fenninger won the Olympic super-G on Saturday in a race in which many of the early skiers struggled to get down the tricky course in Sochi.

The 24-year-old Austrian finished in one minute, 25.52 seconds, edging Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany by 0.55 seconds. Nicole Hosp of Austria was third.

The combination of soft snow and a tight course design by Florian Winkler of Austria had early skiers struggling to make it down. Of the opening eight racers, seven didn't finish.

Marie-Pier Prefontaine of Saint-Saveur, Que., placed 20th in 1:28.67. Larisa Yurkiw of Owen Sound, Ont., did not finish. She missed a gate just seconds into her run.

The Austrians maintain their dominance in this Olympic event. Fenninger and Hosp make it eight of a possible 24 medals since the super-G began at the 1988 Calgary Games.

Pre-race favourites Lara Gut of Switzerland and Tina Maze of Slovenia were fourth and fifth. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was eighth.

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