After nearly a week of straight snowfall in Val d’Isere, France, the clouds cleared and made way for Austrian superstar Anna Veith to claim her first win of the season. In fact, it was her first win in years. The last time Veith won a World Cup, her last name was Fenninger. It was March 2015 in Meribel, France, and she beat her teammate Eva-Maria Brem by 0.38 seconds and now-retired Slovenian athlete Tina Maze came in third. It capped off an amazing season in which she secured the World Cup overall globe.

Six months later, her world changed. Just before the 2015-16 season opener at Soelden, the Austrian suffered a devastating knee injury. The medical examination showed a tear of the collateral and the anterior cruciate ligament of her right knee. She also suffered a tear of the patellar tendon. On Sunday, she proved that she’s recovered and has the speed back.

“Its pretty emotional today because I’m thinking about all the days when I was down on the bottom after my injuries—didn’t know if I could ski again, if I could race again—and now to be on the top of the podium, it’s unreal, I think,” Veith shared.


The Austrian was able to make a significant improvement from Saturday’s 15th-place finish, in part thanks to a more technical course set.

“For me, it was a better course than yesterday because it was a pretty turny and for me, as a technician, its easier to get fast between the turns when you make turns,” she explained. “When you go straight, it’s more for the downhillers, I think you need more confidence if it’s going straight, so for me, it was perfect today.”

Many World Cup stars were pleased to see Veith back on top of the podium including her close friend, Lara Gut of Switzerland, as well as Sofia Goggia of Italy, who shared the podium with her.

“I’m super happy to share the podium with her,” the Italian said. “It’s really nice to see her back.”

For the Austrian, having the support of her competitors means a lot.

“I mean my injuries wasn’t just ACL, so it was a very tough injury, and I think all the girls knew that it’s pretty hard to get over it, and it’s beautiful,” she said.

Veith was joined on the podium by Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather in second place, who managed to podium despite a yet-to-be-diagnosed injury in her left hand that prevented her from properly gripping her pole. She sustained the injury in her crash on Saturday.

“The track was better, but I was in way worse condition today because I was so sore from my crash yesterday,” Weirather shared. “My hand is pretty bad. I can’t really hold the pole, so I guess I have to skip the GS in Courchevel, and go check it out and get ready for the races after Christmas. But I’m really proud today because there was a really big part in me that didn’t want to race because I was so sore, and I was hoping that it’s going to be canceled, so it’s even better for me to know no matter how hard it is, I can still perform.”

Rounding out the podium in third place was Goggia, earning her second top-3 result in as many days. She said that, of course, she is happy with the result, but she sees room for improvement in her skiing.

“…It was aggressive, but at some points, it was not so smooth, and I know I’m still in progress with my skiing,” the Italian shared.

While most of the usual suspects competed for podium spots, one athlete was noticeably absent from the start gate. Just before the 10:45 am start time, Lindsey Vonn posted to Twitter that she would not start.

“Unfortunately I’m not racing today,” the American wrote. “Knee is a bit sore from yesterday, so to be on the safe side, I’m going to give my body some rest. My focus is on the Olympics, so no need to risk anything now. Still going home very happy after my win yesterday.”

The rest of the U.S. speed squad had a solid day in her absence. Alice McKennis lead the pack in 15th place, her best result since earning 11th place in the downhill at La Thuile, Italy, in February 2016. Jacqueline Wiles was just 0.06 seconds behind her in 17th place. Laurenne Ross also managed to grab some more World Cup points in 29th position.

After her injury in March, Ross was unsure if the pain and hard work of the recovery process would be worth it. The American’s recent performances seem to indicate she’s back on track.

“I guess I’m still not 100 percent convinced, but I think that’s because I still have a little bit of fear that something similar could happen again,” Ross explained. “But it’s definitely a lot more worth it than it was then. It’s paying off, and it definitely feels really good to be back and to be back relatively fast again and kind of building on that speed and taking steps in the right direction.”

The speed athletes now have a break until January while tech skiers head to Courchevel, France, for a giant slalom and parallel slalom on Dec. 19-20.

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Top 10

  1. Anna Veith (AUT) – Head / Head / Head
  2. Tina Weirather (LIE) – Head / Head / Head
  3. Sofia Goggia (ITA) –Atomic / Atomic / Atomic
  4. Lara Gut (SUI) – Head / Head / Head
  5. Michelle Gisin (SUI) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  6. Ragnhild Mowinckel (NOR) –  Head / Head / Head
  7. Federica Brignone (ITA) – Rossignol / Look / Rossignol
  8. Nicole Schmidhofer (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  9. Ramona Siebenhofer (AUT) – Fischer / Fischer / Fischer
  10. Anna Hofer (ITA) – Atomic / Atomic / Atomic

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Total Time Diff. FIS Points WC Points
 1  2  55947 VEITH Anna 1989 AUT  1:05.77  0.00  100.00
 2  7  355050 WEIRATHER Tina 1989 LIE  1:06.25  +0.48  7.88  80.00
 3  15  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA  1:06.28  +0.51  8.37  60.00
 4  5  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  1:06.41  +0.64  10.51  50.00
 5  16  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  1:06.63  +0.86  14.12  45.00
 6  14  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  1:06.78  +1.01  16.59  40.00
 7  3  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA  1:06.86  +1.09  17.90  36.00
 8  9  55970 SCHMIDHOFER Nicole 1989 AUT  1:07.00  +1.23  20.20  32.00
 9  27  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT  1:07.25  +1.48  24.30  29.00
 10  35  297195 HOFER Anna 1988 ITA  1:07.29  +1.52  24.96  26.00
 11  50  299466 DELAGO Nicol 1996 ITA  1:07.35  +1.58  25.94  24.00
 12  34  56217 BRUNNER Stephanie 1994 AUT  1:07.44  +1.67  27.42  22.00
 12  11  56128 HUETTER Cornelia 1992 AUT  1:07.44  +1.67  27.42  22.00
 14  8  296729 FANCHINI Nadia 1986 ITA  1:07.45  +1.68  27.59  18.00
 15  37  538685 MCKENNIS Alice 1989 USA  1:07.52  +1.75  28.74  16.00
 16  6  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  1:07.57  +1.80  29.56  15.00
 17  36  539536 WILES Jacqueline 1992 USA  1:07.58  +1.81  29.72  14.00
 18  23  197383 GAUTHIER Tiffany 1993 FRA  1:07.60  +1.83  30.05  13.00
 19  26  197641 GAUCHE Laura 1995 FRA  1:07.69  +1.92  31.53  12.00
 20  13  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT  1:07.78  +2.01  33.01  11.00
 21  25  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  1:07.79  +2.02  33.17  10.00
 22  31  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA  1:07.85  +2.08  34.16  9.00
 23  22  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  1:07.97  +2.20  36.13  8.00
 23  18  516319 SUTER Corinne 1994 SUI  1:07.97  +2.20  36.13  8.00
 25  48  506701 HOERNBLAD Lisa 1996 SWE  1:07.98  +2.21  36.29  6.00
 26  29  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT  1:08.00  +2.23  36.62  5.00
 27  51  206668 WEIDLE Kira 1996 GER  1:08.20  +2.43  39.90  4.00
 28  10  516185 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI  1:08.29  +2.52  41.38  3.00
 29  20  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  1:08.30  +2.53  41.54  2.00
 30  46  197295 PIOT Jennifer 1992 FRA  1:08.43  +2.66  43.68  1.00
 31  28  6535455 JOHNSON Breezy 1996 USA  1:08.48  +2.71  44.50
 32  4  56198 SCHEYER Christine 1994 AUT  1:08.66  +2.89  47.46
 33  44  197215 MASSIOS Marie 1992 FRA  1:08.84  +3.07  50.41
 34  43  107532 TOMMY Mikaela 1995 CAN  1:08.94  +3.17  52.05
 35  39  206460 WENIG Michaela 1992 GER  1:08.96  +3.19  52.38
 36  42  6535600 MERRYWEATHER Alice 1996 USA  1:09.01  +3.24  53.20
 37  55  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  1:09.10  +3.33  54.68
 38  53  506718 IVARSSON Lin 1996 SWE  1:09.31  +3.54  58.13
 39  52  296472 FANCHINI Elena 1985 ITA  1:09.41  +3.64  59.77
 40  40  516394 SUTER Jasmina 1995 SUI  1:09.51  +3.74  61.41
 41  47  298767 SOSIO Federica 1994 ITA  1:09.53  +3.76  61.74
 42  24  537545 MANCUSO Julia 1984 USA  1:11.86  +6.09  100.00
 43  54  115115 BARAHONA Noelle 1990 CHI  1:12.10  +6.33  103.94
 44  57  465098 CAILL Ania Monica 1995 ROU  1:12.35  +6.58  108.05
Did not finish 1st run
 56  25210 MORENO BECERRA Cande 2000 AND
 49  245066 MIKLOS Edit 1988 HUN
 45  206652 PFISTER Meike 1996 GER
 41  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON
 38  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI
 33  537582 COOK Stacey 1984 USA
 32  56417 FEST Nadine 1998 AUT
 21  56088 TIPPLER Tamara 1991 AUT
 19  516248 FLURY Jasmine 1993 SUI
 17  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA
 1  205218 REBENSBURG Viktoria 1989 GER
Did not start 1st run
 30  107613 GRENIER Valerie 1996 CAN
 12  537544 VONN Lindsey 1984 USA
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