FIS Race Director Atle Skaardal’s “local farmer friend” predicted the fog would clear, but at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning, it looked like he may have been overly optimistic. Thick fog blanketed the valley and the super G course, so the jury decided to remix the alpine combined, running the slalom first. Athletes standing near the lift quickly executed a wardrobe change, replacing forearm guards with shin guards.

Hometown hero, Wendy Holdener, knifed the slalom run in front of her family. The Swiss skier took advantage of the crowd’s energy and her familiarity with the slope, creating a 0.49-second lead heading into the super G.

“I heard it on the top when I was in the start,” she said of the crowd’s cheering. “It’s nice to be home. The crowd is amazing and I like that my family is here.”

Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser skied into second place in the slalom followed by Canadian Marie-Michele Gagnon, who wore a red leader bib along with Switzerland’s Lara Gut.

Fog continued to blow in and out of the valley all day, but officials were able to get the super G race off after a half-hour start delay in the afternoon.

Holdener battled the tough conditions and kept her lead, winning the race and gaining enough points to claim the alpine combined crystal globe for the season.

SwissFlagsWaving“The beginning I saw only the crowd,” Holdener recalled. “They were crazy. And then I thought, ‘Oh, maybe I am on the podium.’ And then, when I saw the green a light, a big stone fell from my heart. I couldn’t believe it. I have no words for that.”

Holdener was nervous in the start, something that was compounded by the pressure of performing in front of her fellow countrymen.

““I didn’t like that some of the people come to me and say ‘Now, you bring it at home, right?’ And it’s not always easy,” she explained. “We have a lot of pressure especially when we are at home. I was nervous on the start, but then when I did the first mistake, it was gone and I had to go. I still couldn’t believe that I won this race.”

She was accompanied on the podium by teammate and World Cup overall points leader Lara Gut, who was happy to be back on the podium and move her focus to finals in St. Moritz later this week. When asked about the weather’s effect on her third-place result, she had a positive attitude.

“The fog came and went back,” she said. “I don’t know if I had more than the others or less, but when you’re in the start gate, you know, it happens. It’s part of the game and I just try to give my best. I didn’t see every gate, but I wasn’t the only one.”

Between the two Swiss athletes was Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser, earning her second podium finish of the season.

Laurenne Ross was the lone American racer, landing in seventh place and earning a career-best alpine combined result. The 14-spot move was made possible by her super G run, which was the fastest of the day. Northern neighbor Gagnon finished in fifth place, robbing her of a top-3 finish in the alpine combined standings.

Action continues this week in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Men and women come together for World Cup finals, starting with women’s downhill training on Monday.


The Scoop
by Hank Mckee

  1. Holdener, Head/Head/Head
  2. Kirchgasser, Atomic/Atomic/Atomic
  3. Gut, Head/Head/Head
  4. Feierabend, Head/Head/Head
  5. Gagnon, Rossignol/Rossignol/Rossignol
  6. Barthet, Head/Head/Head
  7. Ross, Volkl/Lange/Marker
  8. Schnarf, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  9. Marsaglia, Volkl/Tecnica/Marker
  10. Haaser, Fischer/Fischer/Fischer
  • Women’s World Cup combined, Lenzerheide, Switzerland, March 13, 2016. … It is the 36th race of the women’s 41 race schedule. … The fourth of four alpine combineds (third held after one cancellation – Crans Montana Feb. 14). … It is the 44th World Cup race hosted by Lenzerheide, the second alpine combined.
  • It is just the second career World Cup win for Wendy Holdener, the first a city event parallel in Stockholm earlier this season (Feb. 23). … It is the ninth win of the season for Switzerland. … Winning margin is 0.46 of a second. … Top five are within the same second. … Top six within two seconds.
  • It is the 16th career World Cup podium for Michaela Kirchgasser. … Her sixth in combined. … It is her second podium of the season, both in combined.
  • It is the 31st career World Cup podium for Lara Gut. … Her 11th this season.
  • Marie-Michele Gagnon matches her seventh best career World Cup placing. … Her second best in combined. … It is her third best result of the season and second best in combined after the win at Soldeau Feb. 28. … It is the fifth best World Cup result of the season for Laurenne Ross and her career best in combined. … It is also a career best in combined for Erin Mielzynski.
  • Gut leads the World Cup overall standings 1362-1235 over Lindsey Vonn (did not race). … Viktoria Rebensburg (did not race) is third overall with 1007pts.
  • Holdener takes the lead of the combined standings with no races remaining on the schedule with 198pts to 160 for Gut. … Kirchgasser is third with 153. … Gagnon finishes fourth with 145 and Vonn ties for fifth at 100pts.
  • Austria leads the women’s Nations Cup standings 4270-3896 over Italy. … Switzerland is third with 3671pts. … The U.S. is fourth with 2808pts and Canada eighth with 1263pts.

Official Results

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Run 1 Run 2 Total Time Diff. FIS Points
 1  4  516280 HOLDENER Wendy 1993 SUI  40.43  1:18.88  1:59.31  0.00
 2  6  55759 KIRCHGASSER Michaela 1985 AUT  40.92  1:18.85  1:59.77  +0.46  4.43
 3  3  516138 GUT Lara 1991 SUI  41.89  1:17.89  1:59.78  +0.47  4.53
 4  18  515997 FEIERABEND Denise 1989 SUI  41.87  1:17.95  1:59.82  +0.51  4.92
 5  8  105269 GAGNON Marie-Michele 1989 CAN  41.10  1:18.90  2:00.00  +0.69  6.65
 6  7  196726 BARTHET Anne-Sophie 1988 FRA  41.17  1:19.61  2:00.78  +1.47  14.17
 7  19  538573 ROSS Laurenne 1988 USA  43.99  1:17.52  2:01.51  +2.20  21.21
 8  1  296427 SCHNARF Johanna 1984 ITA  41.80  1:19.82  2:01.62  +2.31  22.27
 9  2  297702 MARSAGLIA Francesca 1990 ITA  42.56  1:19.11  2:01.67  +2.36  22.75
 10  24  56174 HAASER Ricarda 1993 AUT  43.90  1:17.84  2:01.74  +2.43  23.42
 11  17  196928 WORLEY Tessa 1989 FRA  43.42  1:18.37  2:01.79  +2.48  23.90
 12  13  425929 MOWINCKEL Ragnhild 1992 NOR  42.71  1:19.38  2:02.09  +2.78  26.80
 13  22  516284 GISIN Michelle 1993 SUI  41.51  1:21.05  2:02.56  +3.25  31.33
 14  20  505886 KLING Kajsa 1988 SWE  44.56  1:18.07  2:02.63  +3.32  32.00
 15  11  516344 KOPP Rahel 1994 SUI  42.34  1:20.55  2:02.89  +3.58  34.51
 16  10  565333 BRODNIK Vanja 1989 SLO  42.95  1:20.16  2:03.11  +3.80  36.63
 17  25  56241 SCHNEEBERGER Rosina 1994 AUT  44.07  1:19.32  2:03.39  +4.08  39.33
 18  5  196968 BAILET Margot 1990 FRA  43.40  1:20.24  2:03.64  +4.33  41.74
 19  26  206520 DORSCH Patrizia 1994 GER  45.34  1:18.64  2:03.98  +4.67  45.01
 20  21  56125 PUCHNER Mirjam 1992 AUT  44.58  1:19.56  2:04.14  +4.83  46.56
 21  35  299276 BASSINO Marta 1996 ITA  45.75  1:18.52  2:04.27  +4.96  47.81
 22  38  516219 NUFER Priska 1992 SUI  45.89  1:18.57  2:04.46  +5.15  49.64
 23  36  106961 MIELZYNSKI Erin 1990 CAN  43.23  1:21.39  2:04.62  +5.31  51.18
 24  30  56224 MAIER Sabrina 1994 AUT  46.04  1:18.76  2:04.80  +5.49  52.92
 25  39  35089 SIMARI BIRKNER Macarena 1984 ARG  45.98  1:22.34  2:08.32  +9.01  86.85
 26  40  35177 SIMARI BIRKNER Angelica 1994 ARG  48.21  1:26.22  2:14.43  +15.12  145.74
Did not start 1st run
 31  315187 IGNJATOVIC Nevena 1990 SRB
 16  297910 CURTONI Elena 1991 ITA
Did not finish 2nd run
 41  197616 ALPHAND Estelle 1995 FRA
 29  56198 SCHEYER Christine 1994 AUT
 23  56087 SIEBENHOFER Ramona 1991 AUT
 15  297601 BRIGNONE Federica 1990 ITA
 14  197497 MIRADOLI Romane 1994 FRA
 12  565320 FERK Marusa 1988 SLO
 9  565360 STUHEC Ilka 1990 SLO
Did not finish 1st run
 37  385096 POPOVIC Leona 1997 CRO
 34  375018 COLETTI Alexandra 1983 MON
 33  155699 PAULATHOVA Katerina 1993 CZE
 32  516185 HAEHLEN Joana 1992 SUI
 28  56177 VENIER Stephanie 1993 AUT
 27  298323 GOGGIA Sofia 1992 ITA
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