- 18 of 49 starters were unable to complete the alpine skiing course for the women’s super G event
- The race was won by Austrian Anna Fenniger
- Julia Mancuso of the U.S. came eighth and Leanne Smith came 16th
- Two others from the U.S. team, Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook, failed to finish
- Switzerland’s Laura Gut, who finished fourth, called the course a ‘disaster’
How to know when an alpine skiing course is hard: When only 31 of 49 athletes who start can even finish the course.
Soft snow, steep angles and tough curves – all common complaints Saturday at the women’s super-G course during the gold medal run.
‘There is no snow at the bottom, it’s not funny anymore. This is a disaster, it was a shame for everybody,’ said Switzerland’s Laura Gut, who finished fourth.
‘Everybody was crashing around, it’s difficult to stay on your skis – you are constantly losing them,” Gut said. ‘I don’t know if this is the best way to show off our skiing. It’s not a race. You are just trying to come down.’
Tough course: Julia Mancuso of the USA in action during the Women’s Super G race at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia
Anna Fenninger of Austria took gold, finishing the 2.1-kilometer (1.3-mile) course in 1:25.52.
German Maria Hoefl-Riesch took the silver medal, finishing 0.55 seconds behind Fenninger. Austria’s Nicole Hosp took the bronze, 0.11 seconds behind Hoefl-Riesch.
The U.S. team’s highest position was Julia Mancuso in eighth place.
Leanne Smith finished 16th in the event, and two others, Laurenne Ross and Stacey Cook, failed to finish the course.
Downfall: Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin lies on the course after falling in the women’s super-G at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
In all, 18 of the 49 starters failed to finish the course.
‘I think we all underestimated the track,’ said Switzerland’s Fabienne Suter, who finished seventh.
Suter said the skiers thought there would be fewer problems after a morning inspection. Then competition started.
‘I saw the first and second starters on the TV. I had a strange feeling before going down the track,’ she said.