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Wendy Holdener ends two-year World Cup drought

Holdener ends two-year World Cup drought
By Sportsbeat

26/01/2018 at 15:17Updated 26/01/2018 at 15:52

Lenzerheide clearly suits Wendy Holdener as the Swiss claimed her second alpine skiing World Cup win on home snow and third overall.

In a dramatic alpine combined event in the Swiss alps, Holdener came from joint-fourth following her first, super-G run to emerge victorious after posting a storming second run on the slalom course.

Having clocked 1:12.55, the same time as compatriot Lara Gut and Italy's Marta Bassino, on the super-G, Holdener trailed leader Lindsey Vonn by 0.72 seconds.

But a comparatively disappointing slalom run from the American – her time was just the 18th-fastest – opened the door and the Swiss 24-year-old took full advantage.

Her time of 48.63 seconds was second-quickest and enough to take gold for the first time in nearly two years, a full 1.55 seconds ahead of Bassino, who held on for silver.

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Bronze went to Ana Bucik who laid down the most remarkable run of the day, and perhaps the season to date, by climbing from 30th following the super-G, to the podium.

That 30th spot ultimately benefitted the Slovak skier as she went first on the slalom course and took full advantage of the fresh snow to clock an unbeatable 47.70 seconds, leaving her with a combined time of 2:02.74.

Holdener and Bassino eventually bettered that total – the latter by just 0.01s – but Vonn's 51.22 clocking saw her drop to fourth, enabling Bucik to claim the first World Cup podium of her career.

For Holdener, it was her first World Cup triumph since March 2016, when she also won the alpine combined at Lenzerheide, while her maiden World Cup victory had come three weeks prior to that on the parallel slalom in Stockholm.

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